As we continue to practice physical distance but social connectedness, we have again focused this month on online content, events and activities. Wishing everyone a beautiful new chapter in your garden and landscape as we transition from spring to summer soon. 

We hope this E-journal finds you staying safe and healthy as well as continuing to find ways to ‘dig in’ at home. This month we want to share with you links to our recent online video presentations, a few virtual events, and other online resources to help you stay connected with plants and others during this time. 

Celebrate Arbor Day Every Day: In this webinar Tracy Blevins presents ways to show your appreciation for trees and tree planting efforts. Learn how the Arbor Day Foundation and others are celebrating Arbor Day online.

Garden Tool Care Virtual Workshop with Tracy Blevins recorded on April 15, 2020. Learn how to properly maintain your tools for their best performance in the garden. Having clean and well maintained tools are important to the health of your plants. This workshop will cover selecting quality tools, preventing wear and damage, and maintenance tips on cleaning, disinfecting, sharpening and more.

During this unprecedented time, we are all making adjustments to our daily lives. We wanted to let you know that we are here to continue to support our Plants Map community and our services that connect people with plants. In this E-journal we wanted to focus on gardening and outdoor activities that you can do at home, safely outside, and online during this time of social distancing because we all still need to feel connected…especially to nature. 

Each year we enjoy gathering together the best of the best plants to share with you that have received designation as a “plant of the year” by various entities.  

Plants included here have received a botanical award of merit or recognition based on varying criteria and from different organizations and sources.

Over the past few days we’ve received a lot of messages and calls asking if we were still making plant tags. Last week we moved our printing equipment and supplies out of our offices in Fredericksburg and we are continuing to print and ship orders. Everyone on our team is now working remotely from their home.

Signs of an early spring are popping up in gardens, landscapes, and on Plants Map too. As we get ready to spring forward, we wanted to share our recent news and updates with you including early spring gardening tips, garden trends, and more. Let’s get ready for a beautiful spring season arriving soon!   

Signs of an early spring are popping up all around us. But what are some of the dos and don’ts of early spring gardening? Tracy Blevins of Plants Map and Ted Schubel of Town Talk discuss tasks that you can get started on now, things to wait on, and other ways to keep your spring fever under control.