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Directory of Recommended Links

Sources for Plants

Cyndi's Catalog of Garden Catalogs
A directory of nurseries organized by categories such as grasses, bulbs or tools. Many nurseries are a click away, but some still maintain a low-tech print only catalogs, so require a phone call, or even a letter to request a catalog

Mailorder Gardening Association
This association lists its member nurseries by specialty. This site advises consumers on how to order and receive plants through the mail successfully

Miller Library's Inventory of Mailorder Nursery Catalogs
The Miller Library maintains a collection of print mailorder nursery catalogs. The catalogs are indexed by type of plant, location, and nursery name. Finding nurseries specializing in clematis, or located in Arlington, for example, is really quite easy. The catalogs themselves are often attractive publications filled with eye-catching pictures and illustrations

Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization that saves and shares heirloom seeds and our garden heritage. Members can exchange seeds with each other and the public may purchase seeds directly.

Databases for finding plants and nurseries

Andersen Horticultural Library's Plant Information Online
Plant Information Online is the largest online database covering currently cultivated plants of North America. Included here are current North American nursery suppliers for over 100,000 plants, almost 400,000 citations to current plant science literature, a meta search engine of horticultural websites and listings for more than 1000 North American seed and nursery firms.

will help you locate that rose you're looking for. They have information for over 6,100 varieties and species, many with sources.

FindNurseries.com offers a National Directory of Nurseries and related businesses organized by state. The individual listing are very basic, consisting of only the nursery name, address and phone number. Although the search options claim a search can be made of general plant types, in fact this kind of searching doesn't work well. However, searching for a city or zip code does work.

Garden Watchdog Guide to Gardening by Mail
Dave’s Garden is a long time gardening community site with forums, a plant description database and other features, much of it for free. Garden Watchdog harnesses one of the more potent Internet developments: the customer opinion. Plant hunters should search the Watchdog database for over 28,000 customer ratings of 5,000 vendors and nurseries before buying.

Dave's Garden's PlantScout searches listings from 141 vendors (as of March 2015). Searching for a plant will generate a list of linked nurseries that report selling it. From the results page, the plant name link goes to the Plant Files database; "purchase" goes to the nursery's web site; while the nursery name link goes to a list of all the plants offered by that nursery. The nursery inventory page has a link to the Garden Watchdog customer review page for that nursery. Vendors pay a yearly fee to include their inventory in the database, but it is free to visitors.

RHS Plant Finder
The RHS Plant Finder, is the standard bearer of the plant source genre published by the Royal Horticultural Society in Britain. Considered an authority for nomenclature, the Plant Finder also relates additional information such as if a plant won an award, has doubled flowers or which classification the plant belongs to within its type (e.g. a damask rose is designated with a "D"). Also available in print, this resource is useful simply for its reference value, even if you don't plan to start importing plants.

Specialty Nursery Guide Western Washington Edition
A site that contains maps, descriptions and an index of plant types and services for 80 specialty nurseries in Western Washington. A print version is also available. Write to them at 20055 235th Ave S.E., Maple Valley, WA 98038 for a free copy.

Finding Northwest Native Plants

King Conservation District Native Plant Publications
A four page list of nurseries and other sources for Northwest native plants.

King County DNR: Native Plant Nurseries for the Pacific Northwest
This listing of retail and wholesale nurseries and stores was compiled by the Water and Land Resources Division of King County, Washington for your convenience. The list draws in part on the Hortus West Native Plant Directory and the journal Hortus West.

National Suppliers Directory
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's database of nurseries that sell native plants.

Native Seed Network
For serious eco-restorationists, the origin of the native plant seed is critical. The Native Seed Network is a service offered by the non-profit Institute for Applied Ecology and the Bureau of Land Management to help people find sources for plant material from specific eco-regions.

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March 06 2015 16:34:28