Subject Guides Gardening

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Reference

Plant Facts
http://plantfacts.osu.edu/

USDA Plants Database
http://plants.usda.gov/java/
The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

WWW Virtual Library for Gardening
http://www.gardenweb.com/vl/
A nice gateway site leading to numerous other online gardening resources.

The Garden Gate
http://the-garden-gate.org/
Another user-friendly gateway site.

Associations

Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners' Association
http://www.wmassmastergardeners.org/
A non-profit, volunteer organization which originated at the Cooperative Extension Service of the State University System. WWMGA's primary goal is to share gardening knowledge and skills with the public. They offer telephone and e-mail hotlines dedicated to answering gardening questions.

National Gardening Association
http://www.garden.org/
Updated often. Includes many features, such as: "tip of the day", a kids gardening site with classroom resources, an article library, recipes, message boards, online courses, and more!

The National Arbor Day Foundation
http://www.arborday.org
Find information on tree care and planting, education, a newly updated hardiness zones map and tree identification of dozens of commonly planted landscape trees that grow throughout the United States.

Garden Clubs

Garden Club of Amherst
Meets monthly, February through October.
Membership: by invitation
Contact: Karen Chrisman, 253-4841 or Sherry Wilson, 256-6955

Alpine Garden Club
Meets five times a year, usually at Hadley Senior Center.
Membership: open
Contact: Debbie Windoloski, 586-1281

Easthampton Garden Club
Meets monthly, except in summer, at the Easthampton Community Center.
Membership: by invitation
Contact: Kathleen Sikop, 584-6582

Valley Bloomers
Meets ten months a year at the Lathrop Inn in Easthampton.
Membership: open
Contact: Cecile Campbell, 527-9550

Northampton currently (July 2009) has no garden club. If you're interested in helping start one, call Robin Freedenfeld at 584-4995.

Williamsburg Plant People
Meets annually in spring to plan plant sale.
Membership: open
Contact: Sherri Marti, 268-7307

Worthington Gardeners
Meets monthly, except summer, at Town Hall
Membership: open
Contact: Elodi McBride, 238-4466

Community

American Community Garden Association
http://www.communitygarden.org/
Includes a Listserv, a map showing the location of community gardens in the United States and Canada, as well as information on sustainable agriculture, farmers markets, composting, etc.

Landscaping

Green Landscaping with Native Plants
http://www.epa.gov/greenacres/
US Environmental Protection Agency's list of useful sites on this topic.

Organic

Garden Organic
http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/
Find information and resources about: organic gardening, farming, development, education, projects, sustainable agriculture worldwide, and a Heritage Seed Library.

Local Harvest
http://www.localharvest.org/
Find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

 
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