All-America Selections Display Gardens are centers for learning and growing

By Emily Murphy, author of Grow What You Love and passthepistil.com   All-America Selections (AAS) has organized a host of display gardens across North America from which we can all learn and discover the plants bringing gardeners the greatest success. Founded in 1932, AAS is the first and only independent, non-profit organization testing plants before they emerge […]

Garden Bloggers Fling 2017 – A Capital Region Horticultural Experience

I recently had the opportunity to attend for the first time the Garden Bloggers Fling held this year in the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland area.  It was a pleasure to meet Jennifer Ebeling of 6ftmama.com and she invited me to participate in a re-cap of the garden tours on her Still Growing Gardening Podcast. […]

Invite to Garden for Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation

Plantsmap.com is excited to welcome the National Wildlife Federation to our community and resources section.  The National Wildlife Federation Garden for Wildlife program helps people restore habitat and wildlife populations to cities, towns and neighborhoods. The program has been educating and empowering people to turn their own backyards or community landscapes into thriving habitats for birds, […]

Invite to connect ArbNet Accredited Arboreta

Plantsmap.com is excited to invite ArbNet Accredited Arboreta to connect with the ArbNet profile on Plants Map.   The ArbNet Accreditation Program was started by The Morton Arboretum as a way to establish and share a widely recognized set of industry standards and guidelines to unify the arboretum community.  In April 2011, ArbNet.org was launched to support the common […]

Invite to connect All-America Selections Display Gardens on Plants Map

Plantsmap.com is excited to work with and support All-America Selections (AAS) by inviting AAS Display Gardens to connect on Plants Map. We invite AAS display gardens to visit info.plantsmap.com/aas to learn how to: Sign-up and add your organization to establish your Plantsmap.com profile. Visit the All-America Selections profile at Plantsmap.com/organizations/all-america-selections on Plants Map and select CONNECT to […]

Learning the value of ACS Reference Gardens at Virginia’s Al Gardner Memorial Garden

If you’re anything like me, taking a 30-minute detour on a road trip is considered a “scenic drive” if the purpose of the alternate route is to visit a conifer garden. I regularly travel Interstate 95 in central Virginia, and every time I see Colesville Nursery off to my east I think, “Man, I need […]

The Value of Reference Gardens in Conifer Quarterly

The American Conifer Society recently published, in their Fall 2016 Conifer Quarterly issue, an article submitted by Plants Map co-founder, Bill Blevins.  The article is entitled ‘Learning the value of ACS Reference Gardens at Virginia’s Gardner Memorial Garden.’   The article features the Al Gardner Memorial Conifer Garden at Reynolds Community College in Goochland, Virginia. […]

Virginia Master Naturalists care for public landscapes and educate visitors

The public landscapes of Virginia benefit from an active corps of volunteers. Devoted to protecting the state’s natural ecosystem, these citizen scientists and stewards do everything from monitoring the health of important pollinators to transporting recycling materials at state parks. These volunteers are certified members of the Virginia Master Naturalists program, which started in 2006 […]

Community effort brings new life to Stevens Park

The small South Carolina town of Kershaw is home to just under 2,000 people, but its Stevens Park offers those residents amenities many larger communities lack. A public swimming pool, amphitheater, skate park, nature trails, community center with rooms to rent and public bowling alley are just a few of the park’s highlights. Stevens Park […]

Grelen Nursery creates a unique destination experience

Grelen Nursery is a unique place to enjoy the beautiful Virginia countryside. The rolling hills and open spaces of Orange County are a landscape rooted in America’s history. Within this one central Virginia county, you can tour the estate of 4th U.S. President, James Madison, at Montpelier, see the ruins of a home Thomas Jefferson designed […]