I love plants. The main reason I started Plantsmap.com was so that I could share my love for plants with others. As I write this, my first little seedlings of the 2019 growing season have just popped-up in my grow station and that fills me with excitement and hope. Everyday as I watch Plantsmap.com grow I am reminded that I am not alone in my passion for being a plant evangelist. I look forward to seeing and learning more about your plants, gardens, and landscapes. Let the plant love bloom-fest begin!
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
News & Updates:
Congratulations to the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge on surpassing one million registered gardens! We are proud to be among the organizations that have promoted the MPGC to our community and followers. Thank you to everyone that participated to help raise awareness about the importance of pollinators and the plants that support them.
March 8 – New Plants 2019 Webinar: Tracy Blevins was one of four garden communicators invited to join the National Garden Bureau (NGB) during the 2018 California Spring Trials. Tracy will give some background on the history of the trials and share her favorite plants introduced last year that you will very likely see in your local garden centers this year. Learn more.
Snapdragon Love: The National Garden Bureau has selected the Snapdragon as their 2019 ‘year of’ annual campaign! Show your Snapdragon Love by submitting a video to the NGB #SnapdragonLove contest.
Website Updates: In February we continued to work on bugs from our major website platform migration and also improved the sign-up process for new users. In March we will begin rolling out a series of website enhancements and new features for different types of users including a new profile edit page design and an automated process to add Buy It plants to expand our Plant Finder – Plants to Buy results.
Spring Countdown: As of this post we are less than 22 days away from Spring on March 20. Learn how to add your plant sales, flower shows, garden tours and more to our events page.
Shamrocks, Potatoes, and Cabbage! Here’s a bit of St. Patrick’s Day history and lore.
NFC Chips: We have a limited number of Plants Map NFC chips to test with some of our users. Watch a demo on how NFC chips by Bill Blevins and if you are interested in trying some let us know at email@example.com.
Habitat Network: We recently learned the Habitat Network (powered by YardMap) is no longer accepting data as of January 31st and the data is no longer accessible from the website. It will be stored in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology database. We would like to try to save any habitat landscape related projects that wish to continue their online educational outreach. If you know of any projects affected by this, please let them know to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More to Explore
Our February 2019 cover photo feature is
Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Angel Glow’
- Feb 25 – March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week to raise awareness and identify invasive species solutions. Before you trade, buy, plant or move trees, wildflowers, perennials, vines, grasses and more, search the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States.
- The Nativar Conundrum: New Research on Natives vs. Native Cultivars with Dr. Doug Tallamy | EcoBeneficial!®
- The Rosewood Trade: An Illicit Trail from Forest to Furniture | e360Yale
- Volunteers plant 4,000 chestnut seeds to restore blighted trees | The Baltimore Sun
- In order to have your organization appear in the Plant Finder purpose filter for Plants to Visit, click the checkbox on the organization edit page to indicate it is a public landscape.
- Online demos can be scheduled by contacting us. We also have a library of help videos that will be updated in 2019 as new features are released.
We hope you enjoyed our E-Journal. Plantsmap.com is more fun with others! Please share this E-Journal and invite friends, staff, volunteers, visitors, and customers to follow your profile or connect with your organization.
The Plants Map Team