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Gardening Links

General Reference | Shopping | Organic Gardening
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In the event that you are avoiding exercise, food shopping, doing laundry, watching television, or that old standby, work, here are some ways to stay productively occupied on-line. Feel free to send me your own favorite Web sites and I'll give them the once-over.

General Gardening Reference
National Arboretum -- Good monthy IPM Tips (Integrated Pest Management); also the home of the USDA Plant Hardiness Map, a starting point for all gardeners

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a stupendous resource, both on site and online. I'm particularly smitten with the Plants in Bloom page, a well-annotated diary of plants at their peak, going back to 1995.

The Garden Gate -- one of the first on-line sites, still one of the best. The Gardener's Reading Room is a superb place to acquaint yourself with books, magazines, e-zines and newsletters; The Sun Room Is a must for indoor plant questions

GardenNet is also one of the oldies but goodies. I don't enjoy its relentless commercialism, but I appreciate that those commercials are the way it survives (and allows its proprietor to make a living). Excellent shopping directory, good book review section (but where's mine?), and if you've the patience, check out the Gardener's RoundTable for Q&A.

National Gardening Association has a great regional calendar of events and nicely organized and illustrated How-To Tips

The Gardening Launchpad is for the glutton for punishment - at least when it comes to research. Their list of links will make you dizzy (and the advertising will make you scream)

Maggie's Garden is a true find. The woman works like a demon, that's for sure. Nice articles, excellent links, virtual tours and exceedingly user-friendly once you adjust to the green print on black. I don't know Maggie, but I like her.

First of all, check out Ketzel's online
Gift List.

Metalurges: Nepotism lives! And why not flaunt it, when you've got a fabulously talented and profoundly clever metal sculptor for a sister. Susan's lamps, clocks and creatures are full of color and whimsy, and for the time being, are intended solely for indoor use. But I figure if you've got a garden, you've got a house, too, right?

If, for some fantastic reason, you are unaware of Timber Press, go. Now. This is the first, last and only Great American Horticultural Press. If you're looking to orders flowers on-line, start with this family-run small business. Check out their take on the industry and my tips for ordering flowers.

Organic Gardening
Howard Garrett has an enviable reputation as a broadcaster and columnist for the Dallas Morning News. Given that he works in (gasp!)commercial radio yet is devoted to organic gardening, I figure he's already been inscribed in the Book Of Life.

The U.of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service has an exceptional indoor plant resource -- detailed, comprehensive, and with plant-by-plant instructions. With this link, I can now say in all confidence that you need never ask me anything about indoor plants again.

Sense and Nonsense
Tammy has slime on the brain. I found myself so far down her slippery slope, I actually downloaded The Slug Song (alas, it's only the music; you have to sing the words yourself).

I promise, I'm not going religious on you... but Saints Preserved makes a decidedly tasteful plaque of St. Fiacre, patron saint of gardeners. Artist Patricia Banker has a nice touch and a very clever website.

The Garden of the Hidden Name belongs to Wayne Blizzard, who we'll forgive for his advanced state of Shih Tsu worship because of his incredibly innovative garden tour. Click on the lemon, second icon down.

Lyric Garden is a free, twice monthly newsletter that embraces both the poetry of plants and the how-to's of horticulture. It's an ambitious labor of love by Portland, OR. gardener Anna Ingre.

For Hortheads Only
Richard Dufresne's gallery of salvias is unadulterated genus worship, as practiced by a recognized master of the art, who also sells salvia but humbly notes on his website: "Plant availability will depend on the fate of my current search for employment".

Listener Links

From Christopher:
"Great photos and info..."

  • Gardener's Path

    From Thomas:
    "Perhaps you might consider my site on carnivorous plants."

  • Dangerous Plants

    From Mary:
    "Site for buying, learning, reading and enjoying... a delightful grower of scented geraniums, herbs and gifts with year round shipping from the Seattle area. I think her love of herbs, the scents, touch and taste are delightfully talked about with a wit not to be matched."

  • No Thyme

    From Lady Barbara:
    "I've been writing Weeds and Wild Things for three years now and will be switching over to a new topic. But I like to think I've taken a slightly novel approach to the plants that folks have been howling at for all these years. Enjoy your visit"

  • Weeds And Wild Things

    From Cindy:
    "Gardening Getaways is my program of 3-day, 2-night garden-making workshops hosted at WA and OR bed and breakfast inns. You may find our website interesting -- calendar, photos, the Ann Lovejoy designed theme gardens, faculty, even a description of our 'Cultivating Teams' workshops for businesses. It's easy to get through -- no advertising banners!"

  • Gardening Getaways

    From Neil:
    "Scenic Screen-Savers and Wallpaper; besides scenery, lots of garden and wildflower photography."

  • Ozark Mountain Images

    From Rolfe:
    "Try the Thyme Garden's web site it's great! Of course since I own it I may be a little biased."

  • Thyme Garden

    From (my cool friend) Tiffany:

  • Garden Geek Girl

    From Marisa:
    "My favorite gardening website (um, besides yours, of course...!) is You Grow Girl. Seems those crazy kids out there are getting into the more "traditional" pasttimes they once made fun of -- knitting, crafts, mah-jongg, canasta, and yes, gardening -- adding their own irreverent touches that make it all seem brand new."

  • You Grow Girl

    From Timothy (heartily endorsed by Dofd):
    "If you'd be kind enough to add Good Nature Publishing's Native Grasses of California to your web page, I'd appreciate it."

  • Good Nature Publishing's Native Grasses of California

    From Anna:
    "A newsletter/ezine devoted to the passions and pleasures of gardens and gardening -- poetry, art, and of course gardening."

  • Lyric Garden

    From Jill:
    "I have a web site that might be of interest to you, called Weeds Gone Wild! Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas."

  • Weeds Gone Wild!

    From Dee (heartily endorsed by the Dofd):
    "I review gardening books online"

  • Gardening By The Book

    From John:
    "I would like to introduce to you a native perennial wildflower seed company that I have recently made available on the web."

  • Easy Wildflowers

    From James:
    "Do visit our lab's web site, and in particular, click on the section named "Bees and Gardens". There you will find a brief introduction with links to a compilation of 266 garden plant genera."

  • Logan Bee Lab

    From Julie:
    "Great information, gardeners, seed trading and more."

  • Dave's Garden

    From Hilda:
    "Check out Sage Hall for great Q&As... as well as a superb gardening guide and links to fabulous forums."

  • Gardem Town

    From Paul:
    "(I) launched the website as a resource for hobby farmers, students and outdoor enthusiasts. This is just the basics... a great sense of accomplishment comes from self-reliance, but where to find information can be frustrating. Encyclovids distills all that knowledge floating around out there into one condensed package."

  • Encyclovids

    From Ian:
    "I thought you might enjoy my Tropical Fruit Photography website."

  • Tropical Fruit Photos

    From Ken:
    "Florida has many diverse plants and of course has the most diverse bromeliads in the continental U.S.. Check it out"

  • Bromeliad Society International

    From Wayne (heartily endorsed by Dofd):
    "Surf over to our modest little web site, dedicated to The Garden of the Hidden Name. We created the web site for our friends on the East Coast and in Italy, folks who are not likely to visit us in person any time soon."

  • Hidden Name

    From Patricia:
    "Even though my new collection of sculptures runs the risk of falling into your kitsch category, I was inspired to contact you in hopes you might be interested."

  • Saints Preserved


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