This blog reviews the latest products, plants and innovations in gardening. It also provides a link for my many gardening friends who are members of the GardenMessenger and Seedmessenger Yahoo groups and their sub-groups that I moderate.

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I am a semi-retired UK botanical garden curator and former international horticultural consultant, who has worked extensively in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Australia. I spend part of the year in Australia and part in Europe, mainly due to family and work commitments. I earn my living from writing and editing Internet copy, articles and books. I have written over fifty books on gardening and have been translated into twenty-four different languages. I am a former UK Garden Writer of the Year and a previous Quill & Trowel Award Winner from the Garden Writer’s Association of America. I am interested in developing gardening communities on the Internet and I manage the popular GardenMessenger Yahoo group, along with its various sub-groups like PondMessenger and SeedMessenger. I also edit International Water Gardener and its associated regional web-sites.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Improvements, Gardening News and New Plants

This blog has been online now for over fifty days and has been generally well received. However, the longer it continues in its present form the more difficult it becomes for readers to find archived material, thus in the longer term its usefulness will be diminished. So I have reviewed the blog, and I am going to change the way in which information is delivered so that it is easier to use, and for those visitors who are new to the blog, information that was published earlier will become more readily accessible and retrievable.

At present I am putting together a small web-site for the GardenMessenger group and its sub-groups. A focus where information can be dispersed readily amongst members, and for those outside, a one-stop venue where they can learn about the GardenMessenger online gardening communities and hopefully be encouraged to become a part of them. On this web-site I will create pages that are specific to items that I mention in the blog e.g. a new plants section, diary section etc. Thus the blog will be published each day in the same manner, except that the content will be hosted elsewhere, but easily accessed with a click, as will orderly arranged archives under subject headings. Until the GardenMessenger web-site goes live in the next week or two these pages will be hosted under the GardenMessenger banner, but within the existing web-site of the associated group SeedMessenger. So content-wise nothing will change, it is just the method of delivery. I hope that all visitors will approve of these changes and find the publication even more useful.

Happy Gardening



Fair Flowers Fair Plants Initiative Launched
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Fothergill’s Canadian Website Launched
Mr Fothergill's Seeds have launched their seed range for Canada with a new web-site. Details click here.

National Conifer Week Announced for UK
The second UK National Conifer Week has been announced this week. Details click here.

Plant Select Choices for 2006
The Plant Select choices for 2006 have been recently announced by Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens in the United States This collaborative program between these two great institutions discovers and distributes the best plants for gardeners to grow in the high plains and intermountain regions. All the plants are described and brought together, including those from yesterday’s blog. Details click here.

Plant Talk
The first in a series of mini plant reviews: Sorbus
The Sorbus embrace both the Mountain Ash or Rowan and the Whitebeam. Excellent garden trees of …………… Details click here.

If you have enjoyed this publication, you may also like to visit the monthly SeedMessenger gardeners’ seed saving and seed exchange blog click here.
and the weekly water gardening blog PondMessenger click here.

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