Plants Map Journal: November Update

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

Pine_DollyWelcome November! Crisp autumn air and a season of harvest and celebration.

Have you visited Plants Map recently? There are several profiles growing with lots of new plants to enjoy. Have you updated your profile with a photo & information about your botanical interests and activities?

November Plant of the Month: Did you know the Chrysanthemum is the birth month flower for November? The plant represents cheerfulness, love, optimism and symbolizes the sun. Last month we asked if you had chrysanthemums and we picked a few to share with you:

December Plant of the Month: For our December Journal we want to feature conifers and evergreens. It’s the season to enjoy them indoors and outdoors so share with us.

Featured Organization: This month we are featuring the growing profile of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park and the historic garden of their headquarters at Chatham Manor.

Organization profiles for nonprofits are free. Start Now growing your profile. We’ve posted an article to help you start: How To Start An Organization Profile on Plants Map

Plants Map joined the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) as a corporate member in October. The APGA’s vision is to increase the awareness of the ‘indispensable’ role public gardens play in our communities and lives. We want to play a supporting role in helping the APGA with this vision. We invite all gardens and plant collections to start a profile on Plants Map.

Do you like to visit gardens? We recently had an introduction to Richard Benfield, author of Garden Tourism. Read more about our conversation with Richard: Understanding the Economic Impact of Garden Tourism.

Are you ready to map your garden with ArcGIS? In October Plants Map joined the Alliance for Public Garden GIS community and met with Brian Morgan, the Executive Director. We discussed implementing the ArcGIS Public Garden Data Model into our redesign. Read More: Alliance for Public Gardens GIS and Plants Map Partner on Mapping.

Plants Map Podcast! A few months ago Tracy Blevins was invited by Dave LeDoux of Back to My Garden to be on his podcast. Dave interviews a variety of gardeners with different interests and has created a fantastic podcast library on his website. Listen to the podcast interview with Dave and Tracy.

Upcoming Events:

  • November 19: Plants Map is one of five finalist in the Made in FredVA Business Plan Competition. This event is presented by the Next Generation of Business Leaders of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • December 16: Plants Map has been invited to guest host #Treechat on Twitter. We invite you to join along on Dec 16 at 2pm (ET). #Treechat is hosted weekly by Chris @CoronaTools.

Import your Plant Collections. If you have a large plant collection and would like us to import it for you to start your profile or to order tags and signs visit the Connecting People With Plants page for more information.

Questions about our tags & signs? We are getting a lot of inbound interest and questions about our tags and signs. We have compiled them into a Help article: Tag & Sign FAQ.

We are still surveying businesses, professionals and others on developing enhanced premium profiles. For more information and to share your ideas please email [email protected].

We hope you return to Plants Map soon to update your profile, add your plants and to explore and discover from others too. Your feedback is always welcome. Thank you for growing with us!

Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving,

The Plants Map Team