15 ideas and tips for documenting your plants and trees with photos

Celebrate Arbor Day Every Day

Arbor Day is celebrated nationally in the U.S. on the last Friday in April each year. But for me, I think about celebrating and appreciating trees year round.

Sometimes we get asked to help with plant identification. While we try to help as much as we can, it is actually difficult and unlikely to positively identify a plant from a single photograph alone or an over the phone description.  Often detailed pieces of information need to be obtained for proper identification. For instance, can […]

PlantsMap Tag Tiny Glow

Imagine walking around your garden in the late fall or winter when everything except for your evergreens are now leafless or plants have retreated back to their roots for the season. How can you tell the plants in your lily bed apart or remember which of your roses was the double bloomer? Now you can enjoy […]

In 2014 we were 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 Disney World combined? Benfield teaches geography and tourism at Central […]

Is it July already? It seems like summer goes by so fast and there has been so much to do in the garden and at Plants Map! It’s been a great growing season! What’s new on Plants Map? We have a new beautiful website redesign and can now make website changes easier and faster. Coming […]

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?

To get familiar with your soil you basically need to understand these things: soil structure, soil Ph (acid/alkaline scale) fertility (the naturally occurring nutrients and minerals), and soil drainage.