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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Feb 20, 2015 4:43 PM CST

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This was suggested and discussed by a number of members:

The thread "Calender of local events in Regional Gardening Threads" in Site Talk forum

I have finished a beta version of this calendar of events. You can now add new events, view them, and see other events. This is a beta program so far, and it is missing most of the feature that I intend to add, so be aware of that! Future features will include a way to comment on events that have been posted, and ask questions about them and stuff like that. Also, I will soon have a better way to find them, by entering your zipcode and it'll pull up surrounding events. Until then you can simply view the full list in its entirety.

To view the calendar, go to the Goodies area (linked in the navigation on the left) and then click on "Gardening Calendar of Events" and you're off to the races.

I would be very grateful if interested parties would add a few events in their area. Once we have some data in the system, it'll make it much easier for me to program the next steps.

The direct link to the calendar is here: http://garden.org/apps/events/
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 20, 2015 5:01 PM CST
Wonderful!!
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Feb 20, 2015 5:11 PM CST
Dave, the form ask for GPS coordinates, is that decimal format?
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Feb 20, 2015 5:12 PM CST
Oh my gosh, that is wonderful Dave. Now to find more events to add to it. Hurray!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Feb 20, 2015 5:12 PM CST
I love the way it adds a map if a link is provided. Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 20, 2015 5:13 PM CST

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Horntoad said:Dave, the form ask for GPS coordinates, is that decimal format?


Yes, decimal form, please.

I may later make it so you can do either one.

And if you don't know the GPS, it will attempt to look it up based on the address you give it.
central Illinois
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jmorth
Feb 20, 2015 5:16 PM CST
Should there be a separate box designating length of event. I put it in the description box for now.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Feb 20, 2015 5:23 PM CST
It would be nice to be able to show that information. I also put it in the description box.
I should probably put a second entry for the weekend in March. It would be nice if I can just update/copy to a second entry?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 20, 2015 6:41 PM CST

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Putting the start time is the most important part since it lets people know when it begins. I'll be using that field a lot in my tools I'll be writing.

As for the end date: I figure if it's not a one day event, then just place in the description the full range of dates that it runs. So you might say, "This event runs from January 1st through January 15th."
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Feb 20, 2015 7:08 PM CST
Would it be possible for the event link (website) to open in a new tab?
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
Feb 20, 2015 7:19 PM CST
If you hold down the control button when you click, it will open in a new tab.
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Cut Flowers Composter Keeper of Poultry Keeps Goats Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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abhege
Feb 20, 2015 7:23 PM CST
Won't work on an iPad. Whistling
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Feb 20, 2015 7:31 PM CST
How can I add the pdf file of the Plant List for the Akins sale?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 20, 2015 8:20 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

abhege said:Won't work on an iPad. Whistling


Press the link and hold. It should then give you some choices of what to do, one of which is to open in a new tab. That's how it works in Android tablets and phones.

Bubbles said:How can I add the pdf file of the Plant List for the Akins sale?


Unfortunately the system does not accept PDF attachments and likely never will. You can link to the PDF, though, if it's on the web somewhere else, and then people can click to link to view the PDF. Just copy and paste the link into the description.

(And note that you can edit the event you added as many times as you wish.)
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Cut Flowers Composter Keeper of Poultry Keeps Goats Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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abhege
Feb 20, 2015 8:23 PM CST
Thank You! that worked!!!! I never realized that. I don't think I stay in one place long enough. Hilarious!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Master Gardener: Texas
Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Feb 20, 2015 8:37 PM CST
Okay, it was just sent as an attachment to the email from the parents. I'll play with it a little.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 20, 2015 9:45 PM CST
Awesome Dave! Thumbs up
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Tip Photographer Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Hibiscus
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Horntoad
Feb 20, 2015 9:52 PM CST
I'm guessing you already have this in the works, but just in case you don't, a search feature would be nice. Maybe we could type in a zip code, or city/state and get a list of nearby events.
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 21, 2015 8:30 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Yes that's in the works, Jay. I mentioned a search by zip in the first post of this thread.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Feb 25, 2015 8:40 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

You can now search the calendar of events by zipcode (or other location.) You'll see the search bar at the top of the events page. It currently searches the whole calendar and returns the results sorted by the distance from the location you give it.

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