gardenchat_Plants_Map_0Plants Map hosts #gardenchat

UPDATE: The Plants Map team hosted #gardenchat on June 30. We asked participants on Twitter to share their favorite plant photos in nine categories that were used to launch a Community Photo Gallery on the #gardenchat Plants Map profile. Check out the photos and “like” your favorites!

Here’s the original blog post announcing the Plants Map #gardenchat:

The Plants Map team is excited to be hosting #gardenchat on Twitter on June 30 and since #gardenchat just launched an organization profile on Plants Map, we came up with a topic to jump start their page.  We think you will like it so much that we’ve posted the questions early so you can prepare! (Keep reading… They are further down the page!)

 

What is #gardenchat?

#gardenchat is a virtual community that brings people together using social media to build a connection between people interested in growing plants and sharing their experiences. Every Monday night at 9 p.m. EST, hundreds of people meet on Twitter to talk about their plants and gardens using the hashtag #gardenchat. The result is a fascinating, fast-paced, often entertaining but always educational feed of information on or about a gardening topic.

Our goal at Plants Map is also to connect people, organizations and businesses interested in plants and gardens.  We do this by allowing individuals and organizations to create their garden profiles and organize and share their plant lists and photos so they can share what they are growing.  Our idea as hosts of #gardenchat this week is to use the opportunity to ask the community to contribute photos to create a Community Photo Gallery on the Plants Map #gardenchat profile.

During #gardenchat, we’ll post questions and ask participants on Twitter to share the plant name or a short description along with their own photo of the plant that answers each question.  You use the #gardenchat hashtag and the hashtag for the question, then we’ll take the photos submitted and add them to the Community Photo Gallery on the #gardenchat profile.

Just share the questions already!

  • Q1: #gardenchat Share your favorite #flower with a name or description
  • Q2: #gardenchat Share your favorite #vegetable with a name or description
  • Q3: #gardenchat Share your favorite #rose with a name or description
  • Q4: #gardenchat Share your favorite #herb with a name or description
  • Q5: #gardenchat Share your favorite #conifer with a name or description
  • Q6: #gardenchat Share your favorite #perennial with a name or description
  • Q7: #gardenchat Share your favorite #tree with a name or description
  • Q8: #gardenchat Share your favorite #shrub with a name or description
  • Q9: #gardenchat Share your favorite #annual with a name or description

During #gardenchat we’ll tweet out the questions one at a time. Make sure to include both hashtags in your answer if you want your photos to be added to the photo gallery. Please only tweet your own photos. Here’s a an example of how to format your answer to a question:

  • Q1: #gardenchat Share your favorite #flowers with a name or description
  • A1: #gardenchat #flower Beautiful Purple Petunia (attach your petunia picture)

For those folks who just find out about these questions during #gardenchat, we’ll keep updating the Plants Map #gardenchat Community Photo Gallery with photos that are submitted for one hour beyond the normal end to the chat. We’ll ask the Plants Map team to work late to get all of the pictures submitted and added to the #gardenchat collections by midnight.

Like your favorites

Visit the #gardenchat profile to “Like” your favorite pictures and before the next #gardenchat we’ll take the photo with the most “Likes” and use it as the cover photo for the collection. While you are on the #gardenchat page, click the “Connect” button on the right so your gardens can be connected.

Video: How to participate in #gardenchat

See you Monday night on #gardenchat!