As we continue to practice physical distance but social connectedness, we have again focused this month on online content, events and activities.

Wishing everyone a beautiful new chapter in your garden and landscape as we transition from spring to summer soon. 

Take care and we look forward to watching your gardens grow on  

“Gardens are a form of autobiography” ~ Sydney Ellison 

News & Updates

Video Plant Stories: Bill Blevins has started a series of YouTube video plant stories tied to his conifer collection on Plants Map. Watch Bill’s Plants Playlist here

Videos Collection: Tracy Blevins has put together a Videos Collection of plants that have short video moments or stories on YouTube linked to her plant pages. This is a great example of how to use a collection and plant pages linked to other social media content or websites. 

Garden for Wildlife Month: From May 1 to May 31, the National Wildlife Federation is celebrating Garden for Wildlife Month with two spring promotions. Learn more on their NWF Garden for Wildlife profile page on Plants Map under their events section

Congratulations: The Appoquinimink Arboretum became an official ArbNet Certified Arboretum this week! St. Andrew’s School is the 11th primary/secondary school in the world to boast of a certified arboretum on campus.  

Fast Fresh Food: Are you an impatient gardener? Learn how to home grow and harvest vegetables in less than 60 days from the All America Selections – Quick Homegrown Vegetables In Two Months Or Less  

Climate Change Is Going To Bug You: Tracy Blevins shares her notes and highlights from VCE Master Gardener College 2019 on the topic of climate change as it relates to gardening and insects.

Pollinator Week Going Virtual: The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 22-28, 2020 has been designated National Pollinator Week! Learn how to join the celebration and connect virtually.  

Virtual Iris Show and Garden Tour: The Fredericksburg Area Iris Society 2020 Virtual Iris Show & Garden Tour on Plants Map has now grown to over 500 blooming iris with more blooms appearing soon. Congratulations on a beautiful season!  

The Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show: This year the RHS Chelsea Flower Show went virtual with videos and online content from the show. The virtual flower show was May 18-23, but you can still enjoy the online archive of videos and content.  

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 Plants of the Year: Explore the winning plants from this year’s collection of Plants of the Year. Tracy Blevins will also share some of her growing experiences and favorites from this collection.

ArbNet Grants: The 2020 BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme is now open for applications! This funding opportunity supports international partnerships that focus on tree conservation. Learn more at 2020 BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme. Learn about more grant resources and fundraising tools for gardens, landscapes, horticulture on Plants Map.

HRI Scholarships: The Horticultural Research Institute scholarship applications for the 2020-21 school year are open. Seven scholarships are available and the applications are due by Sept. 10, 2020.  Learn about more Green Industry Scholarships on Plants Map. 

2020 Garden Stamps: New Forever stamps, Celebrate American Gardens, features 10 different photographs of botanic, country estate, and municipal gardens taken between 1996 and 2014. 

Nature Photography: Have you seen ‘crystal ball’ photography? BIll Blevins shares tips on how to use a lens sphere to capture really interesting nature photographs. 

Garden Tool Care Virtual Workshop: Tracy Blevins shares how to properly maintain your tools for their best performance in the garden.

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