I live in CA. Glad to be here, I have been a non-subscribing member of DG for some time now but am currently trying out a 2 week trial membership.
I have been growing plants almost my entire life. Roughly around my teenage years I took and interest in medicinal plants and gained an interest in ethnobotany (the study of the relationships between the plant kingdom and human beings). My real passion with plants is carnivorous plants but I am also very interested in cacti, aroids, and really just about anything interesting or unusual, as well as plants that have a rich history with human beings. Plants that make you go "huh?!".
I very much enjoy plant trading and frequently give away plants to friends and potential recruits into the army of carnivorous plant freaks (though I am a tad short on freebies rout at this moment).
My question for all is, I am doing a trial membership and have to decide whether or not to subscribe. What so you feel are the benefits and shortcomings of the paid subscriptions? Do you think it is worth your money? If so why? What advantage does DG give you over other forums which are free for instance?
Thank you in advance for the warm welcome and I appreciate any input you can provide.