Links

SMG Service Report Login (record your volunteer hours here)  - Click Here

Alabama Master Gardeners - Click Here

Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) home page, look here for Extension publications, the soil testing lab, Auburn University, the weather, county office locations and contact information as well as a staff directory.  - Click Here

Junior Master Gardener, start your search for youth programs - Click Here 

The International Master Gardener Conference Committee - Click Here  

PPA (Perennial Plant Association) Plant of the Year listing - Click Here

Garden-Share is a content sharing network where passionate gardeners connect, curate and share garden related content. - Click Here

HUMMINGBIRDS.NET, a place to learn about attracting, watching, feeding, and studying the hummingbirds that breed in North America. - Click Here

Shanna Smith Currey (daughter of Anne Smith) spoke about ornamental grasses during our February 2013 meeting. Please visit www.hoffmannursery.com for more information about ornamental grasses reviewed by Ms. Currey.

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Stan Roark's 25 Great Gardening Websites
ACES Regional Extension Agent Stan Roark complied this list in an attempt to focus on some of the internet resources that he found most helpful. He suggests you begin with the Gardening on the Internet Tutorial found at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Stan also suggests you go to the BBC Gardening and look through some of the growing guides. Stan acknowledges that over time two things will happen: one, some web addresses will change and two, there will be better sites available than some of those currently on the list. If you find a persistent error or a great website that should be included on an updated list, feel free to contact Stan.

1. Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service interactive map for locating U.S. Extension sites. 

2. National Organic Program – USDA information on organic food production and practices. 

3. Elisabeth C. Miller Library, University of Washington Directory of Recommended Horticultural Websites a terrific and well organized listing, be sure to check it out. You should view the Gardening on the Internet Tutorial from the menu on the left side of the page. 

4. WWW Virtual Library for Gardening links to many organizations and commercial sites. 

5. Texas A&M links to Horticulture sites other than Texas A&M.

6. The Southern Region Small Fruits Consortium information on growing blueberries, muscadines, bunch grapes, strawberries and brambleberries (blackberries and raspberries).

7. North Carolina State Guide to Horticulture on the Internet topics are well organized and great for Southern gardens and Master Gardeners.

8. Bugwood great for insect images but also has information on forestry management, invasive plants and insects.

9. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center take the wildflower ID quizzes found under the explore plants section.

10. Southeastern Flora is an easy to use guide for identifying many of our native and naturalized wildflowers – lots of good pictures. 

11. National Register of Big Trees the National Champion Tree List is finally on line. Anyone who likes tree will love this site.

12. All American Selections is a resource for both flower and vegetable gardeners. The lists of current and past winners are great guides to choosing plants that will perform well in most gardens. 

13. The American Horticultural Society  links to good books, their Smart Garden Program and web links to additional sites. 

14. The U.S. National Arboretum just looking at the pictures makes you want to visit this unique research and plant display site. Take one or more of their virtual tours and I think you will be surprised at all that is located here. 

15. The National Garden Bureau for garden images, new plant introductions, garden education program ideas and more. 

16. The International Flower Bulb Centre (IBC) site has a lot of information and inspiration on planting, growing and choosing bulbs. The site is not as well organized as some; you need to go through the public tab for some things and through the professional tab for others – regardless this is a good site for all kinds of garden bulb information.

17. The Alabama Water Quality Information System tremendous amount of information on all sorts of water related questions. It also links directly to the Southern Region and National Water Program sites.  

18. CoCoRaHS an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network records local weather data. Look at the state information links, volunteer opportunities and national links. Stan was told every Master Gardener should have two things – a rain gauge and a compost pile! 

19. Old Garden Roses and Beyond name says it all.

20. BBC Gardening a wealth of well organized information, pictures, videos and experts. This is a must visit site – begin with the gardening guide pages from the menu on the right hand side of the page. 

21. Why Natives use this site along with information from the wildflower.org site (number 9). 

22. The Casual Approach to Gardening Dr. William Shell’s website shows how one Lee County Master Gardener shares his garden and garden knowledge. If you are interested in grafting Japanese Maples view his step-by-step slide show, also check out the garden links page.  

23. Two sites for herbs: Henriette’s Herbal be sure to view the FAQ sections on growing and using herbs and The Herb Society of America.

24. Dave’s Garden a lot like television with a great deal of advertising and opinion, fortunately there is also good garden advice, experience and resources to balance things out.

25. Gardening from the Ground Up a New Mexico gardeners site, lots of their Master Gardener materials with links to more Master Gardener materials. 


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