During this unprecedented time, we are all making adjustments to our daily lives. We wanted to let you know that we are here to continue to support our Plants Map community and our services that connect people with plants. See our message from co-founders Bill and Tracy Blevins.
We are scheduling live webinar tutorials to help you get started or if you need a refresher on how to use the tools and features of Plantsmap.com.
We invited our current users to a live Zoom webinar on March 24th that was very well attended. The recorded version of that webinar is now available with our Help library.
Please join us for our next online demo orientation via Zoom on April 2nd at 4:30pm. If you have ideas or suggestions for an online presentation with us, just let us know.
In this E-journal we wanted to focus on gardening and outdoor activities that you can do at home, safely outside, and online during this time of social distancing because we all still need to feel connected…especially to nature.
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Plants of the Year: Each year we enjoy gathering together the best of the best plants to share with you that have received designation as a “plant of the year” by various entities. Enjoy this year’s 2020 Plants of the Year and are inspired to grow one yourself.
New Buy It Plants: Our Resource member Rare Roots has been actively adding plants that you can learn about and have delivered to your door to enjoy in your garden – more than 300 plants are now available!
2020 Growing Garden Trends: Our annual collection of upcoming garden season trends includes vertical gardening, a blue and pink plant palette, sustainable landscaping, and mushrooms to the rescue. Growing Garden Trends 2020.
Cultivate Something Good: Your Garden and Your Well-Being from National Garden Bureau.
Finding Peace: The best way to de-stress during this frightening time is to look for safe opportunities to get outside from Outside Online.
Virtual Blooms: As cherry blossoms bloom on the Tidal Basin a group launches an online camera for viewers from WTOP.
April is Citizen Science Month: Celebrate and promote all things citizen science during Citizen Science Month. Learn about webinars, online events, and ways to get involved with projects that are tracking COVID-19.
Garden Tool Care Webinar: Learn how to properly maintain your tools for their best performance in the garden during this You Tube Live webinar on April 15 at 4pm. This is an educational program of the Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area with presenter Tracy Blevins.
Arbor Day: April 24 is National Arbor Day in the United States. Learn more about the history of Arbor Day and activities to celebrate at home this year.
Plant A Tree: Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day Everyday by Tracy Blevins, Plants Map
Earth Day Online: April 22 is Earth Day and this year the Earth Day Network is going online for the sake of public health. Learn ways to take action at home and how to interact online.
More to Explore
Our March 2020 cover photo feature is
Epimedium × versicolor ‘Sulphureum’
- Learn about becoming a Resource and our Buy It plants service
- Lawn care tips and resources
- The secret is in the soil
- Webinar: 30 geeky gardener ideas, products, tips & tricks from the Bill Blevins
- Are blue flowers a pigment of our imagination?
- How to grow a garden from seed
- How to plan your vegetable garden with Plants Map
- In Kaua‘i, Botanists Rediscover an Extinct Plant Once Mistaken for Another Extinct Plant | Atlas Obscura
- Not All Cherry Blossoms are The Same | Smithsonian Magazine
Plant Stakes Update: New 20” stakes have arrived! The process for ordering only stakes or tree hardware has been moved to the My Tags order page to simplify the process. All stake or tree hardware orders will now require a sign in to order via your My Tags page.
Tokens for Trees: Plants Map is continuing to seek organizations that are interested in learning about a new project to build a blockchain service to help fundraise via your trees and conservation related projects. Learn more about Tokens for Trees.
Help Desk: Our archive of help articles, videos and other support materials has moved from info.plantsmap.com/help to help.plantsmap.com. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, or would like an online getting started demo, you can still email us at email@example.com.
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