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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Aug 15, 2012 11:06 AM CST
There are a few of us that like to post a bunch of photos of our gardens. Not to take anything away from the awesome Garden Tours articles, it would be great to have a forum that would work for a mini garden tours. What do you think?

Thanks
Joanne
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Aug 15, 2012 11:50 AM CST
I think this is a great idea...may be the place for individual photos of a lovely scene on a specific day that really doesn't belong on the data base.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 15, 2012 11:52 AM CST

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We had such a forum but it went for several months with no posts so I took it down and we focused on the garden tours articles instead, which work perfectly.

Garden tour articles can be short, too! They don't have to be extremely long. And we can post them on a moment's notice. Just submit them through the Ideas tab and we'll take it from there!
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Aug 16, 2012 10:21 AM CST

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Just to play devil's advocate here for a minute:

In Joanna's case- she's done a garden tour and now has new photos to share. I'm not sure a whole new article is a good idea.

Also, while we were never able to get folks to post to the forum, there are a *lot* of "tour" posts throughout the site in various forums. Moderators could move them.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Aug 16, 2012 10:34 AM CST

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Maybe instead we should have a more generic "Photos from my garden" type forum? Where there isn't any pressure to post a tour, but you could just share photos as you like?
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 16, 2012 10:38 AM CST
I like that better.
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Aug 16, 2012 10:41 AM CST
Usually I use my blog for my garden images.
Well, until the drought, I did. Sad

But like Trish said, I do notice in many forums there are threads devoted to specific gardens.

Dave's idea might present a good place to keep them all together.
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Aug 16, 2012 10:53 AM CST

I like the idea of a dedicated photo forum

Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
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Joannabanana
Aug 16, 2012 10:55 AM CST
Great discussion!

I like the idea of having a place to put a string of photos that is not specific to roses or containers or veggies - could be a mix of everything. Just a bunch of photos in one thread. Perhaps removing the original forum was a bit pre-mature. We only get 4 to 5 months of a growing season here.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Aug 16, 2012 11:03 AM CST

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I'd hesitate to move posts from existing threads. Maybe copying would be better so we don't break discussions. Several forums I watch more than others have lots of mini garden tours. Cottage Gardens, All Things Gardening and Perennials most prominently.
Evan
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Calif_Sue
Aug 16, 2012 11:12 AM CST

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I too use the blogs for lots of garden updates and photos, I just updated it last night and will be doing another one in a few days:
http://garden.org/blogs/view/Calif_Sue/
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 16, 2012 11:36 AM CST
I don't I like the idea very much. I already post in the forums that I am interested in. I don't want to go look at pictures in a specific area that probably show plants I am not interested in. Maybe I am missing something here. And I would be major miffed if my posts dissapeared from the forums were I put them!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Aug 16, 2012 12:14 PM CST
I kind of like the idea of "photos from my garden." I love to steal other people's ideas! Hilarious! But I do agree with Evan about moving posts from other threads.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 16, 2012 12:25 PM CST
But I post pictures. I post in the cottage garden thread. My garden is very cottagey. And I post in the Daylily forum because that is my main flower forum. I also post in the Veggie Forum (now Edibles and Preserving) pictures of my veggie areas. When my iris are in bloom I post on the iris forum, when spring bulbs in bloom on the bulbs forum and so on.

So all those would go in the new forum? Ok as an also but I would not want them off those main forums. Maybe it is just as an extra place to show off?
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Aug 16, 2012 12:39 PM CST
I don't see why it would be necessary or desirable to move OR copy posts from other threads. I'd think this would just be a neutral place to post general garden photos.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Aug 16, 2012 12:49 PM CST
woofie said:I don't see why it would be necessary or desirable to move OR copy posts from other threads. I'd think this would just be a neutral place to post general garden photos.



Exactly!
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
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Paul2032
Aug 16, 2012 1:59 PM CST
I don't think anything already posted would need to be moved but this could be a home for pictures like the following. I post individual cultivar to the data base but don't know what to do with general shots. I have a few on the Hosta home page but on a separate forum hopefully there would be lots of variety of subject matter. Guess if we tried it again and it didn't work it could go bye-bye again.
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gardengus
Aug 16, 2012 3:08 PM CST
Looking at photos of others gardens is in the top three things I most often do here at ATP
I would ''watch'' a forum dedicated to Garden photos.
A lot of that happens in the perennial and cottage garden forums, but I also do not think they should be moved.
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Aug 16, 2012 4:44 PM CST
Very nice photos Paul, the Hosta bed looks great..
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 17, 2012 2:26 PM CST
dave said:Maybe instead we should have a more generic "Photos from my garden" type forum? Where there isn't any pressure to post a tour, but you could just share photos as you like?

Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up I like that idea!

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