We hope your new year is off to a tremendous start. Let’s kick things off with some new plants from MANTS, TPIE, and All-America Selections. Below you’ll also find our latest updates and seasonal topics of interest.
News & Updates:
Testimonials: We’ve nearly doubled in size since we last asked for testimonials and so if you could tell about your experience with PlantsMap.com or about using our products, please leave us a note here: “What do you love about Plants Map?” These are very helpful since almost all of our marketing is from word-of-mouth. Thank you in advance!
Aluminum Pricing: The tariffs that were imposed on aluminum last year have increased our cost to acquire our plant tags, signs, and stakes by as much as 40%. So far we’ve been able to keep our prices the same as they were for the past few years with one exception. We’re not going to stock tags and signs with pre-drilled holes to cut down on inventory. We can drill holes on request for a small service charge. We will keep you posted as the aluminum market changes and if we decide we need to make adjustments. Our current price page with a list of all of our products is available here: info.plantsmap.com/tags.
NFC Chips: As a possible alternative to aluminum, we have a limited number of Plants Map NFC chips to test with some of our users. If you are interested trying these on your existing tags or signs (from us or other vendors) just let us know at email@example.com. Learn more about NFC Chips.
MANTS: A few of our favorite new plants and one really cool grow system are featured in our 2019 MANTS Collection including Salvia nemorosa Rose Marvel, Burning Love™ Leucothoe, NewGen™ Boxwood, Winecraft Gold™ Smokebush, and Lascar™ Mango Orange Verbena.
TPIE: A living canopy and more trendy plants from our first time attending the Tropical Plant International Expo are featured in the 2019 TPIE Collection including Rico Suave™ Tropical Hibiscus, Anthurium andreanum Livium, Soiree Kawaii® micro-blooming periwinkles, and a cute little Dolphin Plant succulent.
TPIE Landscape Roadshow: The 2019 TPIE Landscape Design Tour explores residential landscape designs and tropical gardens of the Miami and Homestead areas. Also featured on the tour is Patch of Heaven Sanctuary, a new nonprofit organization founded to protect an old growth tropical hammock in the Redland Area of Miami-Dade County.
AAS Winners: The latest 2019 All-America Selections Winners have been added to the AAS Profile on Plants Map and into our growing Core Plants list to adopt into your profile as well. Also check out the AAS newsfeed post – The Proof is in the Plant which includes favorite picks from various garden communicators.
ACS Reference Garden: We had the pleasure of visiting another American Conifer Society Southeast Region Reference Garden in January at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Beautiful in any season, check out the ACS SE Norfolk Botanical Garden – Conifer Reference Garden Collection.
Reminder: To be seen in our Plant Finder purpose filter of Plants to Visit, remember to edit your organization profile setting as a public landscape.
Green Industry Scholarships: Several scholarships have February or March deadlines approaching. Learn more at info.plantsmap.com/journal/green-industry-scholarships.
Events: By now many of us are probably looking forward to Groundhog Day and rooting for a cloudy day (no shadows please, bring an early spring). We also have Darwin Day, Valentine’s Day, and if you are in the Fredericksburg (VA) area, Tracy Blevins will be giving a presentation on her impressions from the California Springs Trials of 2018. Learn how to add your events to Plants Map.
- Resources on How to Properly Prune Trees and Shrubs
- How to Grow a Garden from Seed
- Bring home the bronze, silver, and gold to your landscape
- Be Mine – Romantic Flowers To Have And To Hold
More to Explore
Our January 2019 cover photo feature is
Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox)
- The tulip season is officially underway – National Tulip Day celebrated in Amsterdam’s Dam Square | Iamamsterdam.com.
- Longest tree canopy walk in the U.S. opens at Michigan’s Dow Gardens | Designboom
- Flowers can hear buzzing bees—and it makes their nectar sweeter | National Geographic
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