20 Links to Get Your Fingers in Virtual Dirt with Facebook and Twitter

20 Links to Get Your Fingers in Virtual Dirt with Facebook and Twitter

Matthew Noiseux
Jun 18, 2010

Thomas Jefferson probably would have loved Facebook. An avid and inquisitive gardener and scientist, he constantly traded observations, notes and samples. Now our generation is using social media to cast a wide net and continue this beneficial exchange of gardening information and know-how.

I have a list to get you started after the jump - both organizations and gardening gurus that you can friend and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

I am very late to the party and just beginning to explore, but it shouldn't have ever come as a surprise to me that great gardeners took to social media as readily as everyone else. I love seeing what Kew Gardens is doing, or reading articles they recommend (I can now say I know what an 'exploding cucumber' is - thanks Kew...I think). It's great to get reminders of BBG programs that might otherwise have slipped my mind. And Margaret Roach's daily reflections always give pause and inspiration at the very least, providing many with a virtual water-cooler to chat about their gardens in the moment.

On Facebook:

On Twitter:

Whether it is for sharing a good article, upcoming event, inspiring plant photos or just a cry for help with a troubled plant, the flower and plant world's online voice is getting stronger and stronger every day. There was a time when I thought going online and keeping up with social media would keep a good gardener out of the dirt - but it turns out that one handily fuels the other. If you have any great Twitter of Facebook accounts to add please share them below!

Matt writes a weekly column on plants, flowers and gardening. Feel free to e-mail questions to matthew@apartmenttherapy.com

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