PlantFiles is getting a new look! Just in time for spring, we're rolling out a new look for the best online plants database. It will also work with your smart phones and mobile devices, so now you can take it with you on garden center visits or botanical garden tours. Questions or comments? Please post them here.
Along with the new daily gardening history/trivia, we've created a forum for the discussion of events in gardening history. If we missed an important event, let us know. If you just want to explore one of the daily events in more detail, here's the place to do it!
Hey...I like the idea but not sure exactly what it covers. I have info on the history of community gardening in a book I co edited...title Community Gardening available from Brooklyn Botanic Garden at www.bbg.org I'd love to hear more about what this forum covers. Thanks for doing this.
sawpalm, we've introduced a new feature that appears on your home page, with significant events (or sometimes trivial events) in gardening history that occurred on this date. For example, today's events include:
Quoting:1786: Thomas Nuttall, English botanist and ornithologist was born in Long Preston, near Settle in Yorkshire. He botanized extensively in the U.S., and many plants were named for him including the Pacific dogwood (Cornus nuttallii), Nuttall's oak (Quercus texana), and catclaw briar (Mimosa nuttallii).
1905: The modern National Audubon Society was formed in New York. (A previous group was founded in 1886 and named for John James Audubon; by 1888, it had disbanded.)
1943: George Washington Carver, noted inventor and educator, died in Tuskegee, Alabama. His accomplishments including introducing peanut and sweet potato crops as viable alternatives to cotton, and advocating sustainable agriculture.
In this forum, you're welcome to discuss any of the events you spot on your home page, or start a thread and let us know if we missed an event for a particular date.
Sounds great. I have information I will share. I'm speaking at the upcoming event at Davidson College on " Bridging Past and Present: Community Gardens". It will have some aspects of the history of community gardens, at least from the Victory Gardens of WWII to the present resurgence of community gardens.
Is there anyone on this thread that have info on the history of community gardens? Or, is anyone familiar with any historic garden?
I live near Bethabara, one of the oldest colonial settlements in the southeast. Here (in Winston-Salem, NC) you can visit their garden, which is said to be the oldest community garden in the US. It is still going after major research and restoration. They also have the first medicinal herb garden.
The settlement originated in 1757 and was the "transition" site for Moravian settlers from the Bethlehem PA area. Old Salem, about two miles from Bethabara, become the permanent site. IT also has a big project in restoring the historic garden there.
Well I declare! Joining in on anniversarizing Terry's long-time residence on DG! Yay! And along with those years came an abundance of great input, guidance, putting out fires, a gazillion behind-the-scenes problem solving and ideas, and, and,...I'm sure the list could go on.
Sounds like a good reason to celebrate, Terry!
Thanks for all, from the days of Go-Vols to the present!
(Hmm...now about that Lawn and Garden Show, maybe a DG disply/exhibit would get you in free, eh? ) (Exit, stage left, before Terry bonks me for putting her to work again!)