[Reviewed and updated January 2019] First the age old question: Should I remove snow from my plants? Most of the time it is not necessary.  Sometimes, not advisable. If temps are below 20ºF you will break branches easily. If you just can’t take it, use a broom and gently knock off snow while it is […]

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 […]

If you haven’t visited recently, check out the new growing profiles and plants on Plants Map. Have you updated your profile yet? Sign in and add a photo of yourself and share information about your botanical interests and activities. Have you seen the new Plants Map video? Thank you to Haleigh Ciel of Ciel Productions […]

Here’s what is growing at Plants Map! This week we started work on Plants Map 2.0 and soon we announce the launch of several significant site improvements. We are working to make the site easier to use and beginning to add social features and more advanced maps. Visit PlantsMap.com and grow with us! Got Sunflowers? […]

Happy August! We have a few items we wanted to share with you on our growing developments at Plants Map. Individual profiles have been enhanced to allow you to include your own gardening ‘resume’, your profile picture and a location so your gardens can be included on our maps. We have also added a new search […]

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 […]

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 hosts #gardenchat UPDATE: The Plants Map team hosted #gardenchat on June 30. We asked participants on Twitter to share their favorite plant photos in nine categories that were used to launch a Community Photo Gallery on the #gardenchat Plants Map profile. Check out the photos and “like” your favorites! Here’s the original blog post announcing […]

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 […]

“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 […]