Resources for Better Gardening (08)

National Gardening Association
The National Gardening Association is an organization geared toward helping home gardeners enrich their knowledge and environmental awareness in order to grow their plants better and to make the respective communities they belong to greener and therefore more productive. The NGA offers both beginning and seasoned gardeners a rich resource of knowledge and information through its website, which features a learning library, a plant database, and tools and applications. Under the learning library, one can find guides on plant care and food gardening, weed and pest control, garden curricula, podcasts, videos and a lot more. There is also a community section featuring news, forums, and a calendar of events, among others.

Folia Garden Tracking Online Community
Folia is the joint project of Nathan Hawes and Nicole Pascoe, who started the website in 2007 in the hopes of providing gardeners a community where they can share their successes and challenges as they grow and maintain their plants. As the biggest online garden tracking community, Folia allows gardeners to showcase their plants and to connect with other gardeners from all around the world. Even a basic Folia account lets members do a lot of things, including organizing seed collections, creating plant wishlists, tracking plantings, and writing a garden journal. The site also features gardening tips, planting advice, and more.

Plant Man Gardening Tips & Advice
The ProGardenBiz Landscape & Garden Magazine caters to the green industry. Subscribe to ProGardenBiz, it's free! The Plant Man writes articles for the magazine on such garden topics as Transplants Make Tree Planting Easier & More Successful. Features include irrigation time savers, installing a water garden, and creative railroad ties. The Plant Man offers gardening Tips & Advice as well. ProGardenBiz features over 40 articles, columns, news and tips in each issue. If you missed an issue, you can check out the archives. In addition to the magazine, the site features resources, products & services, community and ask the experts.

Royal Horticultural Society
The Royal Horticultural Society is an organization that aims to enrich the lives of UK residents by making the United Kingdom a cleaner and greener place. The society wishes to improve horticulture excellence through growing and cultivating plants and by inspiring and involving residents through its various campaigns, such as It's Your Neighbourhood and Britain in Bloom. In this resource, one can find not just information on various plants, but also gardening tips and the latest news on horticulture. It also features forums and a section on how to be an RHS member, as well as links to garden courses, workshops, and scientific research.

North American Rock Garden Society
The North American Rock Garden Society is an organization that aims to cultivate and conserve rock garden plants and to disseminate knowledge and information about the value of rock gardens and how rock garden plants behave. The society also wishes to increase people’s interest in studying, building and designing rock gardens. This resource serves as a one-stop shop for members of the society and for other interested parties as well, featuring different rock garden plants, plant reviews, news events, forums on different rock garden topics, and photo galleries. Other features include book reviews, information on the society’s Seed Exchange campaign, and a link to the Rock Garden Quarterly, the society’s publication.

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