The Plants Map Journal – March 2015


Posted by justtracy | Posted in General Interest | Posted on 27-03-2015

Happy Spring from Plants Map!2015 March Journal

Snowdrops are blooming and daffodils and spring flowering bulbs are emerging all around. We know you are ready to get the growing season going and so are we!

Website Redesign with social features to launch May 1, 2015.


Plants Map Journal Update: Countdown to Spring


Posted by justtracy | Posted in General Interest, Plants Map | Posted on 01-03-2015

Where did February go? It passed so fast we almost forgot to write the Plants Map monthly update! Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 5.25.04 PM

Are you counting down the days to March 20th like us?

Before we get started, we want to thank and welcome the many new profiles grow the community of people interested in plants and gardens. If you haven’t visited recently check out our Explore page and see what’s growing. We also added maps on several new pages on the site and now you can drag and drop the pin to locate your plants and build your garden map. You can view the community map page by clicking here


2015 Central Rappahannock Tree Steward Course


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Cooperative Extension, General Interest, Trees | Posted on 17-02-2015

The Stafford County Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a Tree Steward Course beginning on March 10, 2015. 

The course consists of 13 sessions from March 10 through June 2 every Tuesday morning from 9am to noon at the Rowser Building (Stafford County Extension Office, 1739 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA). The course also includes 3 field trips: 2 at the University of Mary Washington Campus in Fredericksburg, VA and 1 at the Old Growth Forest at Montpelier in Orange, VA.

Registration is $125 and the deadline to register is February 27.  The class will be limited to 24 participants and there are no pre-requisites for the course.

To become a certified tree steward, you must complete the training class and then perform 20 hours of volunteer work for approved Tree Steward Projects.  In order to maintain certification and be an active member, you must perform 10 hours of volunteer work each year thereafter.

The participants will receive a Training Manual from the Virginia Urban Forest Council, three tree identification guides, a book on invasive plants in southern forests, a pruning handbook, numerous handouts supporting the topics covered in the class sessions, and a Resource DVD.

At the end of the course there is a take-home, open-book final exam.

Training Class Topics:

  • How Trees Grow – the microbiology of trees
  • Tree Roots, Shoots and Leaves
  • Tree Life Functions
  • Tree ID and Propagation
  • Virginia’s Native Trees
  • Tree Pruning
  • Tree Selection-The Right Tree for the Right Place
  • Tree Planting and Care
  • Tree Diagnosis and Disorders/Problems
  • Trees in the Community
  • Trees and Utility Lines
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Pesticide Safety
  • Tree Steward Projects

Presenters include professionals from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Bartlett Tree Experts, the City of Fredericksburg Arborist, other certified Tree Stewards, and members of the local Master Naturalist and Master Gardener organizations.

View the 2015 Tree Steward Course Brochure (pdf)

For more information contact Guy Mussey at the Stafford County Extension Office at 540-658-8000 ext 1058.

My 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count Results


Posted by justtracy | Posted in Birding, General Interest, Wildlife | Posted on 16-02-2015

Every year I look forward to a fun winter activity in February, the Great Backyard Bird Count. I enjoy watching my backyard birds everyday but it’s interesting to see how much more you observe during the count.

This year I discovered more than goldfinches on my Nyjer seed feeder. I noticed a different bird with hints of yellow on its wings but a heavily streaked body…the Pine Siskin. In fact, this turned out to be the 6th highest species in my count this year.

On the last day of the count I also had another new sighting…a female Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

I did not see Starlings or a Red Wing Blackbird this year, which tells me we are still a ways off from spring.

My top 5 bird counts were

American Golfinch at 25 birds

Dark-eyed Junco at 10

White-throated Sparrow at 10

Blue Jay at 8

Northern Cardinal at 8


My entire list of birds observed is below.

Explore all the 2015 results at


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The Plants Map January Journal Update


Posted by justtracy | Posted in General Interest | Posted on 25-01-2015

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January 15 marked Plants Map’s first anniversary! We sincerely thank all of our early adopters and supporters who helped us grow.  We look forward to continuing to develop with you.

Read the full post: Plants Map January Journal Update

The Plants Map December Journal Update


Posted by justtracy | Posted in General Interest, Plants Map | Posted on 16-12-2014

December is here! Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 4.56.10 PM

Perhaps you are reflecting on last year’s growing season or thinking with anticipation about next years plans. Well, now would be a great time to add your favorite plants from 2014 and start a wish list for 2015.

Have you visited Plants Map recently? There are new profiles and lots of new plants to enjoy! Explore and discover what’s growing!

Read the full Plants Map December Journal Update

My Podcast with Dave from


Posted by justtracy | Posted in General Interest, Plants Map, Social Gardening | Posted on 25-11-2014

I had the wonderful opportunity to do a podcast with Dave Ledoux, avid gardener & creator of the website Back To My Garden. He had a lot of questions about what inspired and how I became obsessed with keeping my plant collections organized.


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Plants Map November Update


Posted by justtracy | Posted in General Interest, Plants Map | Posted on 19-11-2014

The November Journal Update from Plants Map.

  • November featured plant profiles: Chrysanthemums
  • December plant of the month: Conifers & Evergreens
  • Featured Organization: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
  • Tracy Blevins featured on podcast
  • Plants Map joins the American Public Gardens Association
  • Plants Map partners with the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS

Read the full post at Plants Map Journal November Update


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Plants Map October Journal


Posted by justtracy | Posted in General Interest, Plants Map, Social Gardening | Posted on 23-10-2014

Plants Map is Growing! 

October Journal


Have you seen our new video?

Thanks for the Sunflowers!

This month, show us your Mums!

Check out the Florida Tech Botanical Garden.

Welcome to our new team member Nick.

And other news and events from Plants Map.

Thanks for growing with us!





What’s Growing with Plants Map: September Journal


Posted by justtracy | Posted in General Interest, Plants Map | Posted on 15-09-2014

September update on what’s growing with our startup, Plants MapScreen Shot 2014-09-15 at 8.29.41 PM

We are heading into a new and improved Plants Map 2.0 with website improvements, more social features and advanced maps coming soon.

Got Sunflowers? Add your plants and photos to Plants Map and in our next Journal update we will feature some of the profiles that have added sunflowers. Click here to Add a Sunflower!

Thank You To Our Growing Community!

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