Vo many resources for purchasing plants and tools or just gathering information are available that beginning gardeners are often intimidated by the vastness of it all. With this appendix, I attempt to break down the sheer volume of gardening information into some simple, basic Web sites that you can use as a starting point for exploring the resources at your disposal. These recommended sites offer a wealth of info on many aspects of gardening, and they're the ideal place to start when exploring the universe of gardening on the Web.
From practical tips to the latest research, universities offer valuable info and give a regional perspective. National organizations also have regional and local branches, and their sites tell you of events to attend, groups to join, and gardens to visit. If you have a particular plant passion, you're likely to find a plant association of like-minded gardeners on the Web. Many offer expert advice, publications, and regional gatherings. You can also find many sites on organic gardening, which can help you create a garden that's healthy for your family, for wildlife, and for the environment. And of course, you can search through numerous online mail-order companies that can supply you with what you need to get your garden started. Pull up a seat to your computer and get ready to explore! (In case the computer doesn't appeal to you today, I also give you the phone numbers and addresses of the mail-order companies so you can request a catalog.)
General gardening information
About.com: Gardening gardening.about.com
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Internet Directory for Botany herba.msu.ru/mirrors/www. helsinki.fi/kmus/bothort.html
University resources (USA)
Ohio State University: Yard & Garden ohioline.osu.edu/lines/hygs.html
Purdue University: Consumer Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension: Horticulture web.extension.uiuc.edu/state/ programarea.cfm?ProgramAreaID=3
Virginia Cooperative Extension www.ext.vt.edu/resources
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension: Home Horticulture ag.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden
Texas A&M: Aggie Horticulture aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ tamuhort.html
University of Florida: Crops (Including Home Garden Crops) edis.ifas.ufl.edu/TOPIC_Crops
University of California Cooperative Extension: California Gardening groups.ucanr.org/gardening
America in Bloom www.americainbloom.org
American Community Gardening Association
American Horticultural Society
Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP)
Canadian Gardening canadiangardening.com/home.shtml
Communities In Bloom www.communitiesinbloom.ca/
Garden Club of America Garden
The Garden Conservancy
The Gardeners of America/Men's Garden Clubs of America tgoa-mgca.org/Clubsearch.asp
Hobby Greenhouse Association
The National Arbor Day Foundation arborday.org
National Gardening Association
National Garden Clubs
National Wildlife Federation: Backyard Habitats
Ontario Horticultural Association
Plant a Row for the Hungry
Seed Savers Exchange www.seedsavers.org/info.html
Plant associations (USA)
American Dahlia Society
The American Bonsai Society
American Rhododendron Society www.rhododendron.org
The American Rose Society www.ars.org
The Herb Society of America
The International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society www.iwgs.org
North American Rock Garden Society nargs.org
Organic gardening experts
How to Compost
Organic Gardening Basics
Rodale Institute www.rodaleinstitute.org
World of Organic Agriculture: USA
Worm Digest www.wormdigest.org
Mail-order companies: Flowers
The Antique Rose Emporium 9300 Lueckemeyer Rd. Brenham, TX 77833 Phone 800-441-0022. Web site
www.antiqueroseemporium.com This specialist offers easy-to-grow old garden roses.
17160 245th Ave.
Big Lake, MN 55309
Web site www.bussegardens.com
Busse Gardens offers cold-hardy and unusual perennials and native plants.
Bluestone Perennials 7211 Middle Ridge Rd. Madison, OH 44057 Phone 800-852-5243 Web site
www.bluestoneperennials.com Bluestone offers more than 1,000 perennials.
Carroll Gardens 444 East Main Street Westminster, MD 21157-5540 Phone 800-638-6334 or 410-848-5422 Web site www.carrollgardens.com Carroll Gardens offers a wide selection of rare and unusual perennials, bulbs, herbs, vines, roses, and shrubs.
High Country Gardens 2902 Rufina St. Santa Fe, NM 87507-2929 Phone 800-925-9387
Web site www.highcountrygardens.com High Country Gardens feature water-thrifty wildflowers, winter-hardy perennials, native shrubs, and cold-hardy cacti and succulents.
Jackson & Perkins Roses 1 Rose Ln. Medford, OR 97501 Phone: 877-322-2300
Web site www.jacksonandperkins.com Jackson & Perkins is one of the world's largest producers and sellers of roses.
Lilypons Water Gardens 6800 Lily Pons Rd. P.O. Box 10
Adamstown, MD 21710
Web site www.lilypons.com
Lilypons specializes in all aspects of water gardening.
Roses of Yesterday and Today 803 Brown's Valley Rd. Watsonville, CA 95076 Phone 831-728-1901
Web site www.rosesofyesterday.com This business is a grower of rare and unusual heirloom roses and selected modern roses.
Shady Oaks Nursery
Waseca, MN 56093
Web site www.shadyoaks.com
This nursery specializes in hostas and other shade perennials.
Stokes Tropicals 4806 E. Old Spanish Trl. Jeanerette, LA 70544 Phone 337-365-6998
Web site www.stokestropicals.com Stokes offers an extensive collection of bananas, plumerias, and other exotics.
Thompson & Morgan Seed Company 220 Faraday Ave. Jackson, NJ 08527 Phone 800-274-7333
Web site www.thompson-morgan.com Thompson & Morgan offers a wide selection of rare and unusual flower and vegetable seeds.
Van Bourgondien P.O. Box 2000
1 Garden Ln.
Hodges, SC 29695
Web site www.waysidegardens.com
Wayside Gardens offers a wide selection of bulbs, perennial flowers, shrubs, and trees.
White Flower Farm P.O. Box 50 Route 63
Litchfield, CT 06759 Phone 800-503-9624
Web site www.whiteflowerfarm.com White Flower Farm offers more than 700 varieties of annual flowers, perennial flowers, bulbs and shrubs.
Mail-order companies: Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits
300 Park Ave.
Warminster, PA 18974
Web site www.burpee.com
This venerable old seed company sells a wide selection of flower and vegetable seeds and fruits.
Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co.
Greendale, IN 47025-4178
Web site gurneys.com
Gurney's is a full-line vegetable and flower seed company.
Johnny's Selected Seeds
955 Benton Ave.
Winslow, ME 04901
Web site www.johnnyseeds.com
As specialists in vegetable, flower, and herb seeds, Johnny's offers varieties for growing in short-season areas.
Miller Nurseries 5060 West Lake Rd. Canandaigua, NY 14424-8904 Phone 800-836-9630
Web site www.millernurseries.com Miller Nurseries has a complete line of fruit trees and shrubs, including dwarf apples.
Park Seed Company
1 Parkton Ave.
Greenwood, SC 29647
Web site www.parkseed.com
Park Seed Company has been selling bulbs and flower and vegetable seeds since 1868.
Raintree Nursery 391 Butts Rd. Morton, WA 98356 Phone 360-496-6400
Richters Herb Specialists
L0C 1A0 Canada
Web site www.richters.com
Richters offers an extensive selection of herb seeds, plants, books, and products.
Seed Savers Heritage Farm 3094 North Winn Road Decorah, IA 52101 Phone 563-382-5990
Web site www.seedsavers.org
Seed Savers offers a large selection of heirloom vegetable and flower varieties from around the world. They're also the largest nonprofit seed-saving organization in the United States.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange P.O. Box 460 Mineral, VA 23117 Phone 540-894-9480
Web site www.southernexposure.com
This company offers a good selection of heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herb seeds for the South.
Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.
Louisiana, MO 63353
Web site www.starkbros.com
This nursery offers a large selection of fruit trees and shrubs.
Territorial Seed Company P.O. Box 158
Cottage Grove, OR 97424-0061 Phone 800-626-0866
Web site www.territorial-seed.com This company's a supplier of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds especially adapted to the Pacific Northwest.
Willhite Seed Inc. P.O. Box 23
Poolville, TX 76487-0023 Phone 800-828-1840 Web site www.willhiteseed.com Willhite specializes in melon varieties, all types of vegetable seeds, and specialty varieties from France and India.
Womack Nursery Co.
2551 Hwy. 6
DeLeon, TX 76444-9631
Web site www.womacknursery.com
This company offers a good selection of fruit trees and nuts for the South.
Mail-order companies: Tools and Supplies
Charley's Greenhouse & Garden 17979 State Route 536 Mt. Vernon, WA 98273 Phone 800-322-4707
Gardener's Supply Company 128 Intervale Rd. Burlington, VT 05401 Phone 800-876-5520 Web site www.gardeners.com The largest retail home garden supply company in the country offers a wide range of pest controls, hard goods, and tools.
5100 Schenley Pl.
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Web site www.gardensalive.com
Gardens Alive! is one of the largest organic pest control and fertilizer suppliers.
Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery 3244 Hwy. 116 North Sebastopol, CA 95472 Phone 707-823-9125 Web site www.harmonyfarm.com Harmony offers a good selection of irrigation systems, organic fertilizers, pest controls, and tools.
Kinsman Company P.O. Box 428 Pipersville, PA 18947 Phone 800-733-4146 Web site www.kinsmangarden.com Kinsman Company offers gardening supplies and fine quality tools, window boxes, and planters.
Lee Valley Tools Ltd. P.O. Box 1780
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply
125 Clydesdale Ct.
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Web site www.groworganic.com
Peaceful Valley offers an extensive listing of organic gardening pest controls, fertilizers, tools, and seeds.
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