Phyllis E. Galanti Arboretum is an oasis of healing






For veterans receiving treatment at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va., an 8-acre area of land on the center’s busy campus has been transformed into a growing arboretum. Here, patients, caregivers and members of the community can take a peaceful stroll, or even participate in a yoga class or other therapeutic activity to […]

Historic Woodlawn embodies the rural cemetery tradition






In early American cities, burials typically happened on urban plots of land controlled by churches. But as the decades wore on and those plots filled up, the question of where to continue burials posed problems for city planners and for those concerned about public health. One solution was the rural cemetery movement that began in […]

Using Plants Map for Eagle Scout and Troop Service Projects






I am very pleased to share that since we started Plants Map, we have seen a steady increase in the amount of senior level Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts using our tools to help them attain a merit badge in their scouting careers.  Many of them are working toward their Eagle Scout status or Gold Award project. We […]

With a passion for sharing plant stories, Allan Armitage removes the mystery of growing plants






“Plants aren’t complicated, and gardening should be fun,” says Allan Armitage. Deciphering the pronunciation of a name like Centaurea cyanus probably isn’t the most welcoming way for a newbie to enter the world of plants. But telling a story about how this common roadside weed with fuzzy blue blossoms came to be known as “Bachelor’s […]

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 […]

Plant collector turns suburban lot into a ‘gallery’ of living art






For many suburban homeowners, working in the yard is a chore, a dreaded weekend drudgery done solely to stay in the good graces of the HOA and the next-door neighbors. Lowrie Glasgow is not a typical suburban homeowner. In the 12 years since he moved to his half-acre suburban lot in Greenville, S.C., he’s changed just about […]

Congratulations to the 2017 Plants of the Year






We are happy to share in this journal a collection of plants that have received the status of ‘Plant of the Year’ as recognized by various entities based on their botanical merits.  We have also included links to some of the plants as documented by members of our community.   We hope this list inspires […]

Sweet things are in the making at Kettle Ridge Farm






  From a weekly egg delivery service within its neighborhood to a soon-to-be-launched pancake food truck, Kettle Ridge Farm exemplifies the enterprise and creativity today’s small farmers must bring to their job. Kettle Ridge encompasses 70 acres spread out across areas around Rochester, N.Y. Owners Joe Hurley and his son, Chris, produce maple syrup, honey […]