Tokens for Trees Update: We have been working on a new tool for organizations to use to raise funding for their tree planting and conservation projects. In November we will be importing data for 10,000 trees and we’ll be manually testing the new software. Our team is working on integrating the project with the main Plants Map site and that work should be done by the time we finish testing in late December. We could take data from one or two more groups for testing. We are also seeking funding to fully launch the project in early 2020. If this sounds interesting, here is a link with more information: Learn more about Tokens for Trees.
Plant Stakes for Tags & Signs: Due to the increasing price of aluminum we are transitioning away from stocking two sizes of plant stakes for tags and signs and will soon only offer 16″ stakes for future orders. We still have 20″ stakes available for a limited time at a discount. Please visit info.plantsmap.com/tags for updates or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ships of the Sea Hosts a Garden of Info: The free garden at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in downtown Savannah has long offered a lunchtime oasis for office workers and a shaded respite for tired tourists. Now it’s upping its game by also offering a little educational interaction – www.savannahnow.com/news/20191027/ships-of-sea-hosts-garden-of-info.
Monarch Ultra Update: The Monarch Ultra is nearing the end of their 4,300 km distance run with the Monarchs. Their adventure is expected to end on November 4th with a run up the Cerro Pelón Mountain, Macheros. Catch up with the Monarch Ultra relay runners to join their finish celebration.
NGB Future of Gardening: National Garden Bureau is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020 by looking to the future and they want your input! Share with them what gardening is or should be by completing a Future of Gardening survey at mailchi.mp/ngb.org/ngbsurvey. Survey participation enters you into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from one of their NGB Members! The survey is expected to end November 5th.
AIB Winners: Congratulations to the America in Bloom participants and winners of the 2019 National Awards Program announced at the annual symposium and awards celebration held in St. Charles, Illinois on October 5 and to the YouTube People’s Choice Video award winner, Castle Rock, Washington.
APGA – USFS Tree Gene Conservation Partnership: This is a funding opportunity to support collecting efforts for APGA institutional members to establish living gene banks for U.S. trees. Deadline to apply is November 18th. Learn more at APGA USFS Tree Gene Conservation Partnership Grant Guideline PDF.
EPA Environmental Education Grants: EPA announces the availability of up to $3 million to fund local environmental education projects. Schools, colleges, and nonprofits interested in applying should submit proposals by January 6, 2020. For more information on the application process visit www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-requests-applications-2020-environmental-education-grants-program.
Map Page Update: Our community map page has been updated with new search filters and near me results. These enhanced search tools will make it easier for you to connect with more plants, collections and especially public landscapes to visit. This is the second in a series of enhancements to our mapping tools.
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Our October 2019 cover photo feature is
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- Strange and Spooky Plants for Halloween | Iowa State University HortNews
- Spend the Night at These Haunted Campgrounds — If You Dare | OutsideOnline
- 15 Haunted Forests Around the World | Conde Nast Traveler
- 10 Fun Facts About Pumpkins | Tracy Blevins
- The flowers that give us chocolate are ridiculously hard to pollinate | ScienceNews.org
- A 5.6 pound avocado set a new world record and it made enough guacamole for 20 people | CNN
- Tree thieves tried to burn a bee nest. They started a forest fire that ravaged 3,300 acres of protected land | Washington Post
- Natural ‘bumblebee medicine’ found in heather| BBC News
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