Plants Map E-Journal June 2016

  Welcome summer! Here is the latest news, updates and community features. News & Website Updates We have launched our next custom plant tab, the Rose Tab for rose collectors, enthusiasts, and growers. Learn more about the Rose Tab and other Custom Plant Tabs. We love to receive photos of our Plants Map tags […]

Belle Isle Conservatory is a botanical treasure in Detroit

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory at Belle Isle park was one of the first things Lisa Steinkopf’s husband took her to see when she moved to Detroit 30 years ago, and it has remained  a key destination for Steinkopf and her family. The Belle Isle Conservatory, as it’s commonly known locally, is the oldest continuously […]

Community effort brings new life to Stevens Park

The small South Carolina town of Kershaw is home to just under 2,000 people, but its Stevens Park offers those residents amenities many larger communities lack. A public swimming pool, amphitheater, skate park, nature trails, community center with rooms to rent and public bowling alley are just a few of the park’s highlights. Stevens Park […]

Developer Updates: May 2016

A summary of updates and new features released in May 2016. Release 34 – May 31, 2016 Main navigation elements on all main pages now include plants, collections, community, resources and events. New mobile friendly design for the main Resources page with search ability by title, keyword and category. Organizations can now send a request […]

Congratulations to the 2016 Plants of the Year

In this journal we have compiled a collection of plants that have received the status of ‘Plant of the Year’ as recognized by various entities based on their garden merits.  We hope this list inspires you to try something new and to perhaps start your own Plants Map collection of ‘best plants of the year’ […]

Encinitas Community Garden grows more than just food

Located 25 miles north of San Diego, the Southern California beach town of Encinitas has historically been a hotbed of agriculture, with everything from lima beans to avocados to citrus and cut flowers growing in its Mediterranean climate. But as the city’s population has grown over the years, more and more land that was once […]

Virginia’s Chesterfield County transforms turf into an urban orchard

In discussions of water quality and environmental stewardship, you often hear people talk about the need to eliminate “managed turf.” The term refers to those big grassy expanses that must be fertilized, watered and mowed, and that generally aren’t as good as more natural landscapes at trapping and filtering rainwater. Virginia’s Chesterfield County had just […]

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Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center opens visitors’ eyes to the natural world

Tucked away in the hills of western Pennsylvania, about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, is the Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center. As groups around the world prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Crooked Creek is one of those places where the natural world is the focus of every program, from a Saturday seminar on […]