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Plants & Gardening - Databases & Encyclopedias
NGA Plant Finder
Search or browse plants From the National Garden Association. From the National Gardening Association (NGA).

Also from NGA:
Gardener's Dictionary
"Access more than 15,000 entries, including an extensive selection of plants and varieties, fruits, herbs, vegetables, botanical terms, pests, diseases, pesticides, fertilizers, soils, tools, materials, and techniques."
Plant Encyclopedia
"Find the best annual and perennial flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetables, roses, and more for your garden and landscape." From Better Homes and Gardens.
The Plant Encyclopedia
"The global guide to cultivated plants." Please note: this is a publicly editable site (like Wikipedia).
PLANTS Database
"The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories." Provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
See also: Botany, Invasive Plants, Trees, and Weeds



Plants & Gardening - Guides & Tips for Gardeners
Adams Fairacre Farm
Easy As 123
"Seasoned grower Sue Adams has created two concise brochures to help novice gardeners 'get their hands dirty.' The first is about vegetable gardening. Sue has demystified the topic enough to make the most inexperienced gardener feel they are ready to experience the joys of growing vegetables. In the second brochure, Sue shows how to easily design and plant gorgeous flower container gardens. She also makes great recommendations about which flowers to use for various situations. Requires Adobe Reader.
Gardening Videos
Videos on gardening math, e.g. calculating the supplies you will need, grub control, watering, weed control, and tree planting.
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Home Gardening
"Provides resources for homeowners, schools, community groups, and other "non-commercial" groups that are interested in growing food and flowers, attracting wildlife, and being good stewards of the natural world. Many Cornell resources meant for commercial lawn and farm situations have been adapted here for the "backyard" enthusiast." From Cornell University. See also: Cornell Fruit for home fruit / fruit tree plantings and information for commercial growers.
Dave's Garden
"Our articles and videos show you how to start seeds and learn how to have your best garden ever." Registration is free to participate in forums.
Easy Container Design
Container gardening. PDF format. From Adams Fairacre Farms.
Garden Guides
Gardening how-to's, plant fact sheets and guide sheets, seasonal tips and garden techniques, garden recipes, and more.
Garden Web: the Internet's Garden Community
A place for avid gardeners to blog, exchange tips and photos, and ask questions.
Gardening Ideas, Garden Design, Gardening Tips & Advice, Garden Pictures
Articles, images, and more from About.com. Sections include: How to Start Seeds Indoors, Start a Vegetable Garden, Become an Organic Gardener, Garden Design Basics, A - Z Plants.
Get Your Garden Growing Information
From Burpee.
Herbal Profiles and Guides
Downloadble guides (most in Adobe Reader PDF format). Learn about basil, garlic, oregano, and more. From The Herb Society of America. See also their Essential Guide to The Beginner's Herb Garden page.
Home & Garden Information Center
"Provides research-based information on landscaping, gardening, plant health, household pests, food safety & preservation, and nutrition, physical activity & health." From Clemson University.
HGTV.com (Home and Garden Television)
Articles, photographs, and videos. A few of the many sections here include Landscaping and Gardening by the Yard.
Indoor Gardening Articles
Topics include: Garden Design, Kitchen Gardening, Sustainable Gardening, Plant Profiles. From Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Kitchen Gardeners International
Emphasis is on growing your own food in a kitchen garden.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Topics include: Plant Database, Image Gallery, How To Articles, Explore Plants. For North America.
National Gardening Association
Articles, news, and more. Sections include: Plant Finder (search engine), Weed Library, Flowers (Annuals, Bulbs, Perennials, Roses), Edible Landscaping, Edibles (Small Fruits & Berries, Herbs, Fruit & Nut Trees, Vegetables), Landscaping (Container Gardening & Ponds, Lawns, Ground Cover, & Wildflowers, Yard & Garden Planning, Trees, Shrubs, & Vines), Garden Care (Pests & Problems, Soil, Water, & Fertilizer, Plant Care Techniques, Tools & Equipment, Seeds & Propagation), Home & Health (Cooking, Garden Crafts, Health, Houseplants, Garden Travel), Q and A Library (How-To Projects, Videos, Pest Control Library, Food Garden Guide, Fruit Gardening Guide, Herb Gardening Guide, Vegetable Gardening Guide), Plant Care Guides, Zone Finder, Event Calendar, Calculators, Public Garden Directory, Buyer's Guide, and Wallpaper.

Also from the Association:
USDA Hardiness Zone Finder
Enter your zip code and then search using common names or scientific names of plants. Narrow the search by type, moisture, light and height, color, season, soil type, and more.
New York Recommended Native Plant Species
Native plants suitable for planting in New York State. Includes characteristics, distribution, growing conditions, propagation and description. With photos. From Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
The Old Farmer's Almanac: Gardening
Includes: Best Planting Dates for Seeds, Best Dates to Start Transplants, Plant Guides (Herbs, Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Bulbs, Roses, Shrubs, Houseplants), Frost Dates, Hardiness Zone Maps, a Gardening Blog and more.
Selected Internet Resources: Gardening
Includes links to government agencies, botanical gardens and societies and associations. From the Library of Congress
Your Lawn and Garden Almanac
Localized advisories for gardeners. Includes: Gardener's Local Forecast, Garden Care Calendar, Greenthumb Gazette, Essential Planting Guides. From The Weather Channel.


Landscapes & Landscape Gardening
Edible Landscaping
From the National Garden Association (NGA).
Landscaping Ideas, Landscape Plants and Lawns (Care, Uses, Design)
Articles and tips from About.com.
Site Assessment and Landscape Design
From Cornell University Cooperative Extension.


Organic Gardening & Green Gardening
Ecogardening Factsheets
Articles and tips from Cornell University's Department of Horticulture.
Green Gardening Tips
From the Sierra Club.
Organic Gardening
Articles, videos, and news. Includes a "Beginner's Guide to Organic Gardening" and related tips.
Organic Lifestyles
Topics: Soil, Compost and Mulch, Flowers, Herbs, Lawns, Vegetables, Pests and Diseases. From Texas A&M.
See also these topics from our Going Green information guide:


Invasive Plants
Invasive and Noxious Weeds
"View Federal and state noxious weed lists, an invasive plant list, or an introduced plant list, each with links to more information." From the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE)
Includes an atlas with images and descriptive information for the invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England states. Browse by common name or species name, and locate occurrences from an interactive map. From the University of Connecticut.
Invasive and Exotic Species of North America
Has pictures as well as the scientific names and distribution maps for each plant. From the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Weeds & Weeding Resources


Trees
Know Your Trees
"A Guide to the Identification of New York State Forest Trees." From Cornell University.
The Tree Guide
"Arborday.org offers detailed information on dozens of commonly planted landscape trees that grow throughout the United States. Here you will find information on height and spread, soil and sun requirements, leaves and fruit, history, wildlife habitat, and more." Browse or search this database. Other sections include:, Glossary of Tree Terms, Layers of the Forest, Tree Classification, Types of Swamps, Anatomy of a Tree, Tree Health Guide.
Tree Care Information
"[A] list of the brochures by category. Selecting the title will link you to the web version of the brochures." From the International Society of Arboriculture.
Tree Identification
"Browse our A-Z listing of trees, large and small, to find the best selections for your landscape." From Better Homes and Gardens.
What Tree Is That?
"Our illustrated, step-by-step process makes it easy to identify a tree simply by the kinds of leaves it produces." From the Arbor Day Foundation.


Weeds & Garden Pests (+ Herbicides, Pesticides)
Invasive Plants Resources
National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
"NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions. NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency." Topics include: Health and Safety, Plants and Pesticides, Pesticides and the Environment, Pesticide Ingredients, Regulations, Emergency Information, and more.
Pests, Insects, Weeds - Gardening Pests and Problems
"The Almanac Garden Plant Pest and Disease Control Library has information on identifying and controlling your most common insect pests and critters-from aphids and hornworms to rabbits and deer. We also address plant disease from blights to wilts." From the Old Farmer's Almanac.
Pest Control Library
"Use our 'mug shots' to identify pest problems in your garden. Click on names for photos and complete descriptions." From the National Garden Association (NGA).
Pesticides: What You Need To Know
Covers risks to children, pets, and beneficial insects such as bees. Also includes Integrated Pest Management. From the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Pests and Pesticides
Information from the New York State Department of Health on such topics as pesticide poisoning, mosquito control, bed bugs, rats, mice and more.
Weed Control & Herbicide
Includes tips for selecting and using herbicides. From the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).
Weed Identification Guide
"Use our guide to help you identify and control these troublesome pests." From Better Homes and Gardening.
Weed Library
"We've chosen weeds common in gardens, lawns, and landscapes and provided the essential information you need for identifying and managing them. Click on a link or image to view the complete guide." From the National Gardening Associtiation (NGA).

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