Gardening on the Internet
I love my old garden encyclopedia, is there anything like that on the Internet?
Yes. Welcome to the participatory Web, where users create the content. Wikipedia is an ever evolving "people's encyclopedia" that allows everyone to contribute and edit the entries. To prevent total information anarchy a system of quality control has slowly evolved with "super editors" watching for signs of "vandalism."
Gateways and portals, the starting place for many users of the 'Net, include several gardening-themed sites. Some of the best that have stood the test of time (at least by Internet standards) include:
The National Gardening Association provides articles and encyclopedias, online gardening classes and seed exchanges, community forums and even shopping. There is a lot here to explore.
For a British flavor, try the BBC's Gardening site. This very large site takes advantage of all the resources available from the immense British Broadcasting Network with timely advise of what needs doing in the garden, complete with video clips, to blogs from Britain's top gardeners. Active community forums, free design software, and a plant selection encyclopedia are just a few more features available at this content rich Web site. (If your dial-up connection is too slow for this graphical site try the text only link at the top left corner)
Next: Are there any really big databases of plants, plants and more plants?!?
Tuesday, 10-Jan-2012 16:19:46 PST