How to Properly Prune Trees and Shrubs

One of my favorite gardening activities is pruning. I admit that I am addicted to it. I like to observe the way plants respond to pruning with new growth and I love to ‘groom’ my plants. I should start this pruning post with a disclaimer: I primarily prune to improve the health and vigor of […]

Plant Societies

International and national plant society organizations. Not on the list? Contact Us. Updated January 2016. African Violet Society of America American Bamboo Society American Begonia Society American Bonsai Society American Boxwood Society American Camellia Society American Conifer Society American Daffodil Society American Dahlia Society American Fern Society American Fuchsia Society American Gloxinia & Gesneriad Society American […]

Sources of public domain or creative commons photos

Photos are not required to list plants and collections. If you are adding plants, please don’t feel the need to include a photo if you don’t have one. We encourage you to use your own photos. Any other photos should only be used with permission or from a source that allows common use with the […]

Grant Resources & Fundraising Tools for Gardens, Landscapes, and Horticulture

We frequently hear from organizations that they rely upon grants, private funding and donations to support various projects and improvements for their landscapes, gardens & programs.  In order to help find financial assistance we have compiled a list of websites that include grant resources and other fundraising opportunities. If you have more to add, please send us a […]

10 Ways Public Gardens Can Use Plants Map

How can your public garden benefit from using PlantsMap.com? Create a mobile cloud-based plant inventory that is easy-to-use and allows for more than one person to update, reducing errors caused when teams share spreadsheets or use other manual record keeping methods. Use Plants Map to document plant material sources and maintenance notes from staff, volunteers, […]

A Good Tree Inventory Can Improve the Environmental Impact

Most of us involved in tree planting are ‘get out there and get it done’ sort of folks. We would rather get our hands dirty planting trees than keep records. However like any good business or long-range project, reliable accurate data is essential to good planning and stewardship of resources. A tree inventory is a basic […]

Why Should I Make A Tree Inventory?

Note: This is the first of 2 journal posts about creating and maintaining a tree inventory. There are numerous reasons to make a tree inventory. Starting with good tree identification and an inventory list, you can: Determine and increase the environmental impact of trees in your community. Improve the process of planting and maintaining trees. Assess the […]

Celebrate Arbor Day Every Day

For me spring means Arbor Day. I always remember back to elementary school when a science teacher took us outside to explain to us the importance of trees. She explained how they grew, how buds and leaves worked, and why trees were good.  I also learned that day trees had names: Maple, Oak, Walnut! Our homework […]

2015 Collectors’ Conifer of the Year

American Conifer Society announces the 2015 Collectors’ Conifers of the Year For the past 10 years, the American Conifer Society has chosen a plant or three that members can purchase along with a special plant tag for their gardens. Many of the selections chosen over the years are just now being cultivated in quantities such […]

Resources to Protect Plants and Gardens from Winter Damage

First the age old question: Should I remove snow from my plants? Most of the time it is not necessary.  Sometimes, not advisable. If temps are below 20ºF you will break branches easily. If you just can’t take it, use a broom and gently knock off snow while it is fresh.  But this may cause […]