Learning the value of ACS Reference Gardens at Virginia’s Al Gardner Memorial Garden






If you’re anything like me, taking a 30-minute detour on a road trip is considered a “scenic drive” if the purpose of the alternate route is to visit a conifer garden. I regularly travel Interstate 95 in central Virginia, and every time I see Colesville Nursery off to my east I think, “Man, I need […]

The Value of Reference Gardens in Conifer Quarterly






The American Conifer Society recently published, in their Fall 2016 Conifer Quarterly issue, an article submitted by Plants Map co-founder, Bill Blevins.  The article is entitled ‘Learning the value of ACS Reference Gardens at Virginia’s Gardner Memorial Garden.’   The article features the Al Gardner Memorial Conifer Garden at Reynolds Community College in Goochland, Virginia. […]

Virginia Master Naturalists care for public landscapes and educate visitors






The public landscapes of Virginia benefit from an active corps of volunteers. Devoted to protecting the state’s natural ecosystem, these citizen scientists and stewards do everything from monitoring the health of important pollinators to transporting recycling materials at state parks. These volunteers are certified members of the Virginia Master Naturalists program, which started in 2006 […]

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 […]

Grelen Nursery creates a unique destination experience






Grelen Nursery is a unique place to enjoy the beautiful Virginia countryside. The rolling hills and open spaces of Orange County are a landscape rooted in America’s history. Within this one central Virginia county, you can tour the estate of 4th U.S. President, James Madison, at Montpelier, see the ruins of a home Thomas Jefferson designed […]

Best Wishes to Garden Walk Buffalo 2015






Plants Map is again a contributing sponsor for Garden Walk Buffalo, July 25-26. This is the largest free, self-guided tour in the country with more than 400 participating Buffalo gardens. This premier event has been held annually for more than 20 years on the last full weekend of July. What began as an effort to […]

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, […]

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens Create Plant Collection Resource






Thanks to the dedicated work of Dr. Annkatrin Rose – “Keeper Of Plant The List” – and botany teacher at Appalachian State University, you can now tour the Daniel Boone Native Gardens on Plants Map. While creating an inventory of the collections and plants in the Boone, NC gardens, they have made this invaluable resource accessible […]

What does it mean that Plants Map Tags connect to social gardens & plants?






Plants Map connects people with plants by providing a social network of profiles with their hosted plant collections and information about specific plants that can be shared with others. We host your plant pages under your profile so that you can also share them to other social websites and create an engaged audience on Plants Map. […]

Understanding the Economic Impact of Garden Tourism






  After Plants Map joined the American Public Gardens Association we were soon introduced to Richard Benfield, author of Garden Tourism.  We spent a fascinating hour on the phone with him discussing the important local economic impact of public gardens. Did you know that more people in the U.S. visit gardens each year than visit Disneyland and Disneyworld combined? Benfield teaches […]