Plants Map supporter of Garden Walk Buffalo 2014


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening, General Interest, Plants Map | Posted on 14-06-2014


GWBuffalo1Plants Map is excited to be a sponsor of Garden Walk Buffalo 2014. Tracy and I lived in western New York for six years and have enjoyed Buffalo many times – especially our Garden Walk Buffalo visits!  Read More

Discover Garden Walk Buffalo 2014 on Plants Map

From Plants Map: What is the Best Plant Database?


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening, Plants Map, Social Gardening | Posted on 03-06-2014

Viburnums2Plants Map is not a scientific plant database, encyclopedia of plants, or plant identification tool. Our goal is to allow individuals and organizations to make their own personal database of plants. Plants Map is about sharing your notes, stories, experiences, and photos of your plants, gardens, and gardening interests or activities.

Each plant profile page allows you to add your own favorite reference links for your plants such as: USDA Plants, Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder, NPIN Native Plant Database, American Conifer Society database, etc.

I have been gardening and learning about plants for the past 15 years. I try to research and understand a plant before I commit it to the ground. One of the tenants of being a Master Gardener is educating people about ‘right plant, right place’ before you buy and add to your landscape. I ask myself these questions:



June 3 @ 9PM EST Webinar on Plants Map: Social Gardening


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening, Plants Map, Social Gardening | Posted on 03-06-2014

On Tuesday, June 3 at 9 p.m. EST join me at and I’ll be giving an overview of Plants Map.

You’ll learn how you can create your own database for your gardens, plants and photos using I’ll give an overview and then demonstrate how to start a Garden, add Collections, add your plants and photos.

Read more at:

Webinar Invite


New Grow for Your Neighbor initiative, Fredericksburg (VA)


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening, General Interest, Square Foot Gardening, Vegetables | Posted on 17-04-2014

Grow For Your Neighbor kick-off event on Saturday, May 3rd

at the Fredericksburg Home Depot (Gateway Boulevard) Community Day; 9am-2pm

“What is Grow For Your Neighbor? GFYN is the people, organizations and businesses who support and participate in the movement to provide homegrown food to the recipients of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. Did you know the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank accepts donations of homegrown fruits and vegetables?”

This year Grow For Your Neighbor and donate a portion of your garden produce Saturdays at the Spotsylvania Farmers Market. Please consider donating a portion of your homegrown produce Saturdays from 9 AM until 12 PM at the Spotsylvania Farmers Market Route 3/Gordon Road Commuter Lot Spotsylvania,VA

to order a Square Foot Gardening Kit to pick up on May 3rd. 

Kick-Off Event: May 3, 2014 Square Foot Gardening Demos! 
GFYN is proud to host The Square Foot Gardening Foundation of Columbia, South Carolina as we kick off the growing season with garden installations, workshops and demonstrations. Join us Saturday May 3rd at The Fredericksburg Home Depot (Gateway Shopping Center) or The Spotsylvania County Farmers Market for free Square Foot Gardening for Demonstrations and Instruction by The Square Foot Gardening Foundation.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CERTIFIED SQUARE FOOT GARDENING INSTRUCTOR? Join the Square Foot Gardening Foundation on May 5th and 6th for their intensive course.

For more information on GFYN, the May 3rd kick-off event, to order a Squar Foot Gardening Kit, or to register for the May 5 & 6 SFG course visit


Grow For Your Neighbor is also on Plants Map!
Visit Plantsmap: Grow For Your Neighbor


What are we going to do about the Lawn?


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening, General Interest, Lawn Care, Plants Map | Posted on 17-04-2014

“What are we going to do about the lawn?”

Do you often find yourself asking this same question? A common question when your lawn doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as a PGA golf course.

But should it?

See: Lawn Care Tips & Resources from Plants Map

Fredericksburg Area: 2nd Annual Living in the Garden Symposium


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Cooperative Extension, Gardening, General Interest | Posted on 31-03-2014


Location: Lee Hall, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Sponsors: Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area & The Virginia Cooperative Extension, Stafford County.


The Flora of Virginia Project & Recent Changes in Plant Names

Seeing Tees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees

Revolution of the Kitchen Garden Past to Present

Tour of the University of Mary Washington Grounds

Registration Deadline is May 10

Cost (includes a box lunch): $40

For more information: Guy Mussey at VCE Stafford Office 540-658-8000

Symposium Brochure:

Fredericksburg Area: Spring Seedling Sale & VCE Lawn and Home Landscape Programs


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening, General Interest, Lawn Care, Plant Sale, Trees | Posted on 13-03-2014

I just wanted to share a few local items of interest for those in the Fredericksburg (Virginia) area.

1) The Tri-County Soil &  Water Conservation District is holding their annual Tree Seedling & Rain Barrel Sale. Visit their website for more information and for a pre-order form (must be received by March 28, 2014). The pick up date is April 5th and you can choose from 4 area locations to pick-up. I have purchased the rain barrel previously and it’s better than others I have owned. Easy to install, nice capacity, and less expensive than the same one available at box retail stores.  The seedlings are between $10-$20 in bundles of 3, 6 or more and include a lilac, dogwoods, birch, indigobush, pines, redbud, and more.  Reminder, these are little seedlings. But a great opportunity to plant with children that love to watch things grow! Or for the new homeowner that wants a lot of trees and shrubs and doesn’t mind the wait of them to mature.

If you are not in the Fredericksburg area?  Many soil and water conservation districts across the country have spring seedling sales so search for your state and local soil and water conservation district. They are a great resource for information, education and programs on water conservation and other environmentally friendly best practices that relate to lawns and gardening.


2) The VCE Stafford County Office will be offering their very popular Smart Green Lawn Program again this year.  When a homeowner submits the enrollment form with a nominal fee, a master gardener will come to your home and take soil samples and measure your lawn. After the soil test results, you will receive a lawn care handbook and a customized lime & fertilizer plan for your lawn.  Reminder: it is always best to do a soil test before applying any fertilizer. It saves you money and saves the environment too.


3) The VCE Stafford County Office is also offering an 8 week program, The Home Landscape Course for the Gardening Novice for homeowners. Topics include soils, fertilizing, pruning, lawn care, composting, plant pests and more.  The course is Thursday evenings (6:30pm-8:30pm) from April 3-May22. Contact the  VCE Stafford County Office for more information and to register. 


Check out these great local resources and remember, it’s almost Spring folks! 






Starting Seeds? Resources and Tips


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Cooperative Extension, Gardening, General Interest, Seed, Vegetables | Posted on 07-03-2014


seedlingsThinking about starting some plants from seed? It’s that time of year again.

I have to admit I am really just a small scale seed starter sticking to the easiest vegetables and annuals. My favorite vegetables to start are tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, radishes, corn, cucumbers, summer squash, and mini-pumpkins. You can see my  2014 Vegetable Garden  plans on Plants Map.

My favorite annuals to start are Angelonia, Ornamental Peppers, Violas and Pansies.  This year I have winter sown a couple of perennial seeds given to me as a gift and started a 2014 Seeds Started Collection for my garden on Plants Map.

Read More on Plants Map: How to Start a Garden From Seed

If you are like me and need some visual ideas to help get you started see this Pinterest Board: Plants Map/Seed Starting Ideas.

I also invite you to plant a seed and start your garden on Plants Map! Share what your starting from seed and growing this year by starting a garden on Plants Map too.




And For Further Reading: The New Seed-Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel


A better way to share your gardens: Plants Map!


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Botanical Gardens, Gardening, General Interest, Plants Map, Social Gardening | Posted on 05-03-2014

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Plants Map is a new social media website to connect people with plants. We invite you to share your plants and gardens with others to help us grow Plants Map.

Visitors have open and free access to Explore and Discover plants, gardens, and organizations. There are no pay walls to the plant database. Individual profiles are free and do not require a membership or subscription.

How to Grow Your World on Plants Map:
Start an Individual Profile



Protecting Plants and Gardens from Winter Damage


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Gardening, General Interest, Weather | Posted on 03-03-2014

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March 2014: Here we snow again!  Another winter storm system sweeping the country with ice, snow, wind, and extreme cold.  We are all now familiar with the term Polar Vortex: it means really stinking cold.

For resources on how to protect plants and gardens from potential winter issues see Plants Map: How to Protect Plants and Gardens from Winter Damage

And a benefit of the winter season?  It allows us time to review last years garden and to plan and dream for this year’s garden.  Look through photos and make lists of new ideas.  On Plants Map you can explore gardens and plants and add your own garden today while it’s still snowing.