Happy May!

Garden season is now in full swing. We’ve been busy!

AprilJournal2In 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 Plants Map received enthusiastic response and we signed up a lot of new gardeners and gave them a plant to add to their profile and take home to enjoy. We hope to see much more of their gardening adventures on Plants Map.  Thank you to all the organizers for these great events.  Pictures from all three events can be found on our Explore page or on our Facebook Earth Day Richmond Album.

We also want to say a big public thank you Lee Turner at Bonnie Plants Farm (VA) for an assist with some great cabbage, strawberry and herb plants to give out at our events.  They were a big hit! We can’t wait to see pictures of the Bonnie Mega Cabbage on Plants Map.

Visit to Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

Also in April we had the opportunity to meet with Michael Sherwood with the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories (NC). We discussed tree identification and their experiences with tags and we talked about ways Plants Map could incorporate the Bartlett arboretum plants and their plant model into our system.  We look forward to a future relationship with Bartlett Tree Experts.

Dickinson Garden, Fredericksburg (VA) Garden Tour

Thank you to Kathy Dickinson for creating a profile of her private garden and incorporating our Plants Map Tags into her garden. The Dickinson garden was featured on the Fredericksburg, Virginia Historic Garden Week Tour on April 26.  We look forward to seeing more of the Dickinson Garden on Plants Map.

Garden Walk Buffalo

Plants Map is excited to announce that we are a sponsor of Garden Walk Buffalo (NY). This is their 20th anniversary and the largest garden tour in the country with nearly 400 hundred private gardens open to the public for two days.  Please visit the Garden Walk Buffalo Plants Map profile and keep an eye out for these beautiful urban gardens to start popping up on Plants Map.  Read more about this opportunity at Plants Map Proud To Be A Garden Walk Buffalo Sponsor.  The Garden Walk Buffalo event is July 26 & 27th and is a free event.  We have attended this in the past and it is really something amazing to discover and explore.

Plants Map Tags Now Available

We’ve launched the availability for people to purchase their own Plants Map Tags on our website. When you add a plant to your garden profile, there is an option on the bottom of each plant page to order a Plants Map Tag. Read more about how these interactive tags can add a new social aspect to your garden at Interactive Plants Tags & Signs and also see our related article: What is the Best Plant Label, Sign or ID Tag? 

New Organization Network Feature

We are onboarding a continual stream of nonprofit organizations related to various plant, horticulture and garden interests. We’re excited to announce a new feature that invites their membership, volunteers or other affiliations to join their ‘network’ on Plants Map. No other social site has the option to visually connect and network people with organizations AND their related plants or gardens! This is just another way we’re connecting people with plants and gardens via nonprofit organizations.

Welcome to our newest nonprofit profiles: Richmond City Master Gardeners, Tree Fredericksburg, Rappahannock Beekeepers Association, Grow For Your Neighbor, Garden Walk Buffalo, and Downtown Greens. Explore these organizations and more at www.plantsmap.com/explore/organizations.

If you know a nonprofit or community garden interested in a profile please share Organization Profiles on Plants Map.

As soon as we have funding in place we will begin our big push forward on development of the website and adding social features, mapping and more functionality. There are many supporters waiting for us to get going and we are eager to be running at full speed as well.  Please stay tuned for future news, updates, and developments. As with the growing season, things are just getting started! We know we have a lot to do. We have a big vision and we will get there one growth spurt at a time with your support.

We invite you to share this update with others and grow your world on Plants Map.