Plant Databases and Scientific Resources for Gardeners

Plants Map is not a scientific plant database, encyclopedia of plants, or plant identification tool. Our goal is to allow individuals and organizations to make their own unique garden showcase and journal of plants. Plants Map is about sharing your notes, stories, experiences, and photos of your plants, gardens, and gardening interests or activities. Each […]

Plants Map Update: June 2014

Happy June! Hopefully this update finds you enjoying your garden and your time outdoors in a beautiful place. When I think of June I associate it with strawberries, picnics and cookouts, garden weddings, hydrangeas and so many beautiful vibrant annual and perennial flowers. Did you know June is also National Rose Month?  We hope you […]

Plants Map Update: May 2014

Happy May! Garden season is now in full swing. We’ve been busy! In April we participated in three local Virginia events to introduce people to Plants Map.  Our first event was the Fredericksburg Earth Day Festival, then the Richmond Earth Day Festival and last a Fredericksburg Home Depot Community Day event. At all three events […]

Lawn Care Tips & Resources

“What are we going to do about the lawn?” Do you often find yourself asking this same question? A common question when your lawn doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as a PGA golf course. But should it? Many people find lawns aesthetically pleasing and they also provide a play area for children and pets and other […]

Plants Map Update: April 2014

Happy Spring Gardening Season from Plants Map! Thank your for subscribing to our Journal. We wanted to share some news, updates and more. Cossey Park Tags Have Arrived The Plants Map Tags for Cossey Park Arboretum have arrived and are now in place. These were the initial 15 tags purchased and donated to Cossey Park […]

The Secret is in the Soil: Growing Healthy Plants

“Consider what each soil will bear, and what each refuses.”- Virgil Your soil is an underlying important aspect to growing healthy and happy plants and gardens. Soil is basically composed of organic matter, various minerals, nutrients, living organisms, liquids, and gases.  Soil is the top layer result of a deeper parent material that has developed over time […]

The Plants Map Community By The Numbers

Survey participants share plant interests Do you keep a list of your plants? How much time do you spend gardening every week? How much does your gardening habit cost you each year? As we were launching Plants Map in February, we ran a survey to find out the answers to questions like those. We would […]

From Seed to Seedling – Thank you!

As many of you may know the seed we planted in January 2014 has emerged into a seedling with the nurturing help of many. It has been a month now since Bill and I took the first step to formalize an idea that we had conceptualized for some time: the name will be Plants Map. With […]

How to Grow a Garden from Seed

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” – William Blake Thinking about starting some plants from seed? It’s that time of year again. Everywhere you go there are seed starting supplies from independent garden centers to your grocery store. Someone said the other night in a chat that growing seeds made them feel […]

Choosing plant safe ice-melt products

Kudos this morning to a local tv show that did a segment on choosing de-icer products wisely. It got me thinking about how many homeowners and gardeners are unaware of the potential harm some products can cause to plants, pets as well as the environment. What most folks are not aware of is that residual […]