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Q: best fora and websites for ornamental gardening and landscapes design wonks ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: best fora and websites for ornamental gardening and landscapes design wonks
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: robbins-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 18 Aug 2006 09:37 PDT
Expires: 17 Sep 2006 09:37 PDT
Question ID: 757374
I'm looking for a website where I can discuss estoric questions about
ornamental plants, some place where I can ask knowledgeable people
about, for example, problems I'm having with a certain pest on some of
my hostas, sources for rare plants, or a plant that I am having
difficulty identifying.
Subject: Re: best fora and websites for ornamental gardening and landscapes design wonks
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 24 Aug 2006 13:37 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello robbins~

There are several great forums for posting questions about gardening,
where experts and other knowledgeable folks (including Master
Gardeners) can answer them. Here are my favorites:

GARDEN FORUMS: This is a large site with a myriad of forums on
specific gardening topics, from propagation to pests, from roses to
cactus, from bog gardens to container gardens.

FINE GARDENING FORUMS: Here you'll find a lot of experienced,
well-read gardeners, who can help with a wide-range of gardening

HGTV GARDENING FORUMS: This is one of my favorites. The folks here are
friendly, and there are many Master Gardeners hanging around. The
"General Gardening" forum allows you to post photos of those strange
bugs or diseases within your post.

You might also enjoy these:


BETTER HOMES & GARDENS FORUMS:;jsessionid=UPANKTLRDWKUFQFIBQSCAOQ?categoryid=/templatedata/bhg/category/data/Talk.xml


Good luck!


Researcher's personal knowledge and bookmarks
robbins-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you for your help!

Subject: Re: best fora and websites for ornamental gardening and landscapes design wonks
From: grow-ga on 03 Oct 2006 18:56 PDT
quick comments:
- UBC is good, though not busy. has photos.
- gardenweb is good, busy, but sometimes has logon problems (I've
never diagnosed the problem(s), but it hasn't been due to cookies or
scripts, AFAIK). has photos.
- usenet (nntp), though if new to usenet, you might want to learn to
filter trolls and flamers.
- forums.craigslist, which can be very local, though posts "age" very quickly.
Locale is very important, and you need to process info more carefully
when you are near mountain ranges or large bodies of water.

for *landscape* or garden design, no good forum sites or newsgroups exist, AFAIK. 
Design ability (the "human"/psych/esthetic aspects) seems to originate
via upbringing or perhaps genetics. Many people are in the design
business; few are very good. (Likely due to displacement of designers
by the overwhelmingly asphyxiating necessity of marketing survival.)
For technical design questions, look for ag/hort, construction, or
engineering oriented info.
Lotsa info is not on the net. 
Good info, though non-interactive: University libraries and textbooks
are good. Larger public libraries and community colleges libraries
often have a few "gems".
Old skool: local gardeners, groups. Specialized newsletters. *Your*
interest, observations, and experience. :-)

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