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One of the important differences that will distinguish this feature from other general "trip advisor" or "yellow pages" sites is the input from each of us as gardeners.
Please add your feedback for the businesses you've patronized and the public gardens and parks you have visited. It helps other gardeners and the business or organization.
For smaller businesses and organizations, this type of "word of mouth" is their only form of advertising. And for businesses of any size, unsolicited testimonials are priceless - they can't buy that type of good will.
You can narrow these down to a particular category (garden center/nursery, or public gardens, etc.) You can also plug in your ZIP and specify a radius (especially helpful if you live near the state line and want to see everything in your immediate area.)
If your favorite nursery or park/garden isn't listed yet, let us know and we'll add it, or start the entry and add what you know (we'll fill in the blanks.)
We're steering clear of the national chains at this point (no Lowe's, Home Depot, WalMart, etc.) If it's a hardware store that throws up an impromptu greenhouse each spring, I'd say list it only if it's a place you'd deem worth the trip for folks in the area. (Case in point: there was a place in Oklahoma that had the BEST variety of interesting and best-looking perennials and annuals each spring, and they were just a tent that rented space in a grocery store parking lot. Unfortunately, I don't remember their company name, or I'd be inclined to add them.)
Many DG gardeners are looking for native plants.
I don't see a way to filter those garden centers/nurseries out.
I don't know about many, but there are some private gardens that are open from time to time.
For example, in my neighbourhood there is a humming bird garden that is open a couple of
weekends a year when the hummers are passing through and can be observed. I wonder if
that might be another category.
enya, we opted to not delve into the realm of types of plants for this feature. What they carry (whether it's native or not) is good to include in your comment.
I mentioned to Dave that it would be nice to add some additional search "criteria" in the future (e.g., kid- and/or pet-friendly, handicap-accessible, seasonal/call-ahead type information would all fall into that realm.) If/when he adds that, then that would be the perfect time to expand into private gardens that are available by appointment, so the instructions could be part of the search criteria.
Terry - I see you are filling in my missing information - thanks. Is the lat/long info for Onstar directions? I have so far entered in places that I have only been to, but will add others I have physically seen.
Now coordinates for a location is something I could REALLY use when trying to find a place. I'm a geocacher and I use my hand-held GPS in this way a LOT. So I would love seeing the coordinates listed! (lat/long)
They lost me with lat/lon/=. I have no sense of directions. We went to Vegas 3 years ago and if it weren't for my husband I would STILL be walking aroung the Mirage trying to find away to get to the street!
I was just going through to see what new garden centers had been added to the Minneapolis area and adding some comments. You might want to check out the longitude latitude for the Minneapolis Farmers Market. It has it 19 miles from where I live and it can't be any more than 3 or 4 miles from me.
Terry, no, I didn't narrow my search down to tree farms. :) The only time I could actually pull something up besides tree farms is when I used the generic zip code search in the right hand corner of the screen.. and that limited me to 25 miles out. I don't know, maybe people just want me to buy trees to fill up the east and west pasture. :)
Ok, just checked, if I use the zip code search within the "let's go gardening" framework, I get nothing but tree farms. If I use the state "Iowa" search I get some things, like maybe one or two on garden supplies, and nothing on other things.
Ok, I guess it doesn't hate me after all. :) I don't know what I was doing, but what ever it was it wasn't right. It works. Thank you for humoring me. :) I'm now going off in search of a caffeine IV... Thank you! :)
Terry, Creeping around the forums in my normal "lurkers" state I noticed a incorrect address listing. I was checking out the IA link above and using "51501" as the zip code. Sherbondy's Home & Garden Showplace is listed as 319 N 16th St. and should actually be 16th Avenue. It really is a nice garden center and I would hate to see someone looking for it on N 16th St...lol I am afraid they would be quite dissapointed.
Thanks - I corrected it. But now a favor: come out of lurk mode and add your $0.02 worth to their entry - they will appreciate the review, as will others who otherwise may not know if it's a good place or not ;o)