Welcome Spring! We are wishing you a beautiful, fresh start to this season. We are ready to get started growing again too. Let’s dig into some spring gardening ideas and resources, from planting a seed to documenting your plants in photos.
NEWS & UPDATES
Sharing Seeds: Saving seeds and sharing them is one of the greatest joys known to many gardeners. Learn more about how to Save and Share Seeds for a Seed Swap.
Decoding Seed Packets: If you are new to gardening, starting seeds can be a bit confusing. In this video, Tracy Woods Blevins discusses keywords to look for and phrases to understand as you begin your seed starting this year.
Garden Tools: As the gardening season begins, now is a great time to talk about garden tools.Tracy Woods Blevins shares some of her Favorite Garden Tools and How to Care for Them. Also see the Garden Tool Care Virtual Workshop from April 2020.
More Spring Gardening Links:
- How to Grow a Garden from Seed
- How To Digitally Plan & Organize Your Vegetable Garden
- Early Spring Fever Gardening Dos and Don’ts with Tracy Blevins
- Daylight, Photoperiodism and Onions
- The Secret is in the Soil: Growing Healthy Plants
- Lawn Care Tips & Resources
- 15 Tips For Photographing Trees And Plants
- 30 Geeky Gardener Ideas from Bill Blevins
Hidden Treasures: Growing sweet potatoes has increased in popularity due in part to being a healthier and easier alternative to ‘regular’ potatoes. From the National Garden Bureau, learn how to grow your own superfood, sweet potatoes.
Tomato Types: The modern age of the tomato was ushered in by hybrids such as Big Boy, which is still offered today. Thousands of hybrids have followed. From All-America Selections, learn all about growing tomatoes and the different tomato types of AASWinners.
ACS Scholarships: The American Conifer Society has recently updated and expanded their scholarships, awards, and student member benefits. The ACS scholarship awards application deadline is April 1. Visit our Green Industry Scholarships page to learn more.
Virtual Cherry Blossoms: The National Cherry Blossom Festival 2021 begins on March 20. This year many activities are virtual and online based, so you can enjoy attending them from anywhere. Bloom Watch: The National Park Service has predicted this year’s peak bloom period as April 2 – April 5. Updates will be posted at Bloom Watch – nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/bloom-watch.
Landscape Design Awards: Entries for the 2021 PPA Landscape Design Awards are due by March 26. The Perennial Plant Association Landscape Design Awards program recognizes design projects that are exemplary in use of herbaceous perennials to help create balanced and beautiful landscapes.
April is Citizen Science Month. Learn more about free resources and support to help plan and promote a Citizen Science Month project in April. You can then invite your community to participate from home. It’s a great way to focus on something positive, help advance research, and make a collective impact.
Arbor Day: April 30th is National Arbor Day in the United States. Learn more about the history of Arbor Day and activities to celebrate this year. Also see our Celebrate Arbor Day Webinar (April 2020) and Ways to Celebrate Arbor Day Everyday.
More to Explore
Our Spring 2021 cover photo feature is
Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Gold Finch’
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- New Study: U.S. Needs to Double Nursery Production | American Forests
- Atlanta creates the nation’s largest free food forest with hopes of addressing food insecurity | CNN
- The Turkish Rose: A Review of the History, Ethnobotany, and Modern Uses of Rose Petals, Rose Oil, Rose Water, and Other Rose Products | American Botanical Council
- Florida scientists tapping into artificial intelligence to manage invasive plants after hurricanes | WTSP
Green Jobs: Connecting People With Hort Jobs has been recently updated with new resources for students, internships, job seekers, and employers.
Buy It Plants: Plants Map Resource members have been actively adding Buy It Plants that can be delivered to your door to enjoy in your garden. More than 1,300 plants are now available! Learn about becoming a Resource and our Buy It plants service
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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