PlantTherapy: Online Forums for Winter Days

PlantTherapy: Online Forums for Winter Days

Maxwell Ryan
Dec 1, 2005

Despite the mild weather, the Met flowers are still signaling the season yet to come. Their sheer volume of eucalyptus and evergreen guarantees an aromatherapy experience that will shake you good if you get within a few feet.

These colder days make me feel like dropping into a torpor-like sleep, or curling up on the couch with a book, so this is just what I need to wake me up.

If you find yourself indoors most days, like me, and are looking to learn more about plants, I think that online forums are a great resource.

I am very new to these forums, and was so happy to find communities of experts from around the country and world that will help anyone out with the plant and garden issues.

Readers have been submitting great, inspiring links to online resources - I have listed three here, but would love it if anyone could submit a forum that they have joined and enjoyed.

In the coming months, as my indoor time increases, I will be on the lookout and post others that I find:

The Garden Helper

The Garden Helper looks like the type of home-spun website forum my grandmother would have put together (if she was web-savvy), and it attracts some very good-natured and knowledgeable people. I especially like the mystery plant section. I almost wish I could just access these people whenever I visit the flower shops and wonder 'what is that…?'

The NY Times Gardening Forum

NY Times' gardening forum in the Home & Garden section lists a weekly topic and people write about it. Sometimes they have guests gardening pros answer questions that people post. But as far as I understand it is one long thread that is limited to the one week's topic. My wish for something more extensive brought me to Gardenweb, which is a treasure trove of information.


The forums are very active, and they offer other rich resources. The Hortiplex is great. It is a searchable plant database that also contains images and rates the plants on various points such as ease of care and fragrance – nice! There also is a plant exchange that I would love to participate in once I have something to trade.

Even Craigslist has a forum that has steady participation, which I think would be good to find local plant enthusiasts, but is less organized than the above resources.

For those of you that have a sense of adventure, I wonder how difficult growing this would be: The Stinky Plant. - Matt N. (not Maxwell)

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