Plant Database forum: Introducing our Plant Database!

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 16, 2011 10:16 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

After nearly a month of full time development, and thanks to the 25 members who helped brainstorm and test the feature I am pleased to announce the launch of our shiny new plant database!

This all-encompassing database contains many features, and more will be added over time.

All plants have main data attributes (habit, height, bloom color, etc). Plants in specific genera have their own data attributes specific to them (for example, daylilies have "ploidy", "branching", etc.).

Additionally, various genera have moderators over them.

Plant entries also contain a gallery of photos, and those photos are marked by what kind of photo it is ("Entire plant", "Bloom", "Seed pod", etc). Members get an acorn for every image type they submit to each plant.

Members can discuss the photos by posting comments under them.

Plant entries themselves can also contain comments, where you can write your own experiences with the plant. Members get an acorn for each useful comment they post.

Also, if you find an error on a plant, or if a plant is missing information, you don't have to submit a report to a moderator! You just click on "Edit" next to the data, and fill out whatever changes to the plant you deem appropriate. Your saved changes will then be reviewed by a moderator, and if the changes are accepted the plant is updated (and you are given an acorn for the data update!)

You can give a thumbs-up to most things in the database, and the database will use those thumbs to promote those most-thumbed things to the top of the page. For example, the image with the most thumbs is the one that is used as the thumbnail when browsing. The common name with the most thumbs is what is the primary common name.

All members have access to the moderator's queue where they can peek at what's under consideration. You can also give a thumbs-up to items in the moderation queue, which will signal to the moderators that you think it's worth approving.

The database is already populated with most plants that are commonly cultivated. The owners of several databases at Cubits.org have moved all the entries from their databases over here, including Roses, Daylilies, Clematis, Sedum, Sempervivum, and Jovibarba. The Irises cubit did not move their data over, but they did graciously allow us to make copies of it. The remainder of plant names came from the main Cubits.org/plants database.

If you had previously contributed to these various databases, your contributions were brought over, and you were given acorns for the contributions!

All this is just the beginning. I am currently working on developing advanced searching tools that will take advantage of the richness of data that is already being built into the database. We are not at the end of development, we are actually at the beginning. Smiling

There are many more features in the database, so I invite you to start exploring it by clicking on the Plants tab on the top of the screen.
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Sep 16, 2011 11:04 AM CST
Beautiful!! Thank you so much!

Dave, will the images be available for our writers to use within their ATP articles?
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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
Sep 16, 2011 11:12 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Images posted to the site are fluid in the sense that I see no reason why they can't be used in other areas of the site. If a user objects to that, we can easily make exceptions and exclude their images from such purposes.
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
Southwest Gardening~ moderator/ATP.
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Aguane
Sep 16, 2011 11:22 AM CST
Can't wait to check it out!!!
“Don't give up too quickly"... unknown, I heard it somewhere.
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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Sharon
Sep 16, 2011 11:41 AM CST
Great!
The writer can easily clarify that with a photographer.
Thank you.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
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frostweed
Sep 16, 2011 12:13 PM CST
Dave, I have to say that I think you are doing a marvelous job, this site is going to be huge!!! Hurray!
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Sep 16, 2011 12:30 PM CST
Checked it out. Love the choices for entering information about plants.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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Dutchlady1
Sep 16, 2011 1:06 PM CST
I agree
Wonderful job, everyone.
Name: Carol
Canton GA (Zone 7b)
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CAKnapp
Sep 16, 2011 1:09 PM CST
Really great! Can't wait to start adding to it!
Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
enjoying what nature has to offer
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Fred
Sep 16, 2011 1:45 PM CST
OK, nice. I added a few plants but it will take many weeks just to add all my bromeliads alone. Too bad plant familes are not grouped together. As it is bromeliads are scattered all over the DB from Aechmeas to Vriesias. The family is Bromeliaceae. With subfamilies being Pitcairnioideae, Bromelioideae and Tillandsioideae. I suppose the DB is designed not to be too technical from a taxonomy standpoint?

Just a question. May I invite the world to add plants to this DB or can only ATP people work on this?

Fred
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
Sep 16, 2011 2:00 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Fred, we may indeed add the Family as a field to the database, but for now we're leaving it off. If we ever want to add it in, it'll be fairly easy for me to add it and pull in the information for each genus. But the confusion and complication of all the families is something that I didn't want to tackle at this early time.

Fred said:Just a question. May I invite the world to add plants to this DB or can only ATP people work on this?


Please do!!
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Sep 16, 2011 2:10 PM CST

Plants Admin

But while the world is adding plants, maybe it could consider joining ATP too? Smiling
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
Plumerias Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator Region: Florida Cat Lover Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents Tropicals
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Dutchlady1
Sep 16, 2011 2:21 PM CST
I agree and why would they not want to, after all!!
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
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frostweed
Sep 16, 2011 2:33 PM CST
Exactly my thinking Ladies Hurray!
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Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
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fiwit
Sep 16, 2011 2:55 PM CST
This looks like a good place to say THANK YOU for letting a virtual stranger (get it? virtual? I crack myself up!) contribute thoughts and ideas to the database. Compared to most of y'all, I don't know nothin' bout no plants, but y'all made me feel welcome and part of the group.

I really appreciate that. Lovey dubby

Looking forward to watching the utterly awesome database grow and bloom.
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Sep 16, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Great! And off we go on yet another adventure.

*Thunk/Bash/Liquid oozing and people applauding....
(Sound of a champagne bottle hitting the shiny new helm of the ATP Plant Database...)

It is now christened and ready for open waters! Lots to explore!

Good going, Dave and assistants who got it rolling (er, floating)!

Shoe
{edited cus I got too excited and misspelled "assistants".}
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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
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Gymgirl
Sep 16, 2011 3:58 PM CST
Ok. I was NOT that good in plant etymology?

So. My suggestion is that when you type the name of the plant entry in the common name box, there's an auto population of the genus box, and whichever other boxes can be auto-populated.

Also, add a definition of what goes into each box. I get them confused, and some others might, too.

Great system! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Texas Gardening
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Region: Texas Tropicals Plumerias Ferns Greenhouse Garden Art
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Bubbles
Sep 16, 2011 4:20 PM CST
Oooh...this is gonna be big! I'm going to need a better camera. Love the new database already.
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Charter ATP Member I sent a postcard to Randy! Sedums I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Enjoys or suffers cold winters Garden Art
Region: New York Cat Lover
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nap
Sep 16, 2011 5:57 PM CST
Gymgirl said:Ok. I was NOT that good in plant etymology?

So. My suggestion is that when you type the name of the plant entry in the common name box, there's an auto population of the genus box, and whichever other boxes can be auto-populated.

Also, add a definition of what goes into each box. I get them confused, and some others might, too.

Great system! I tip my hat to you.


Yes. I agree

Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Charter ATP Member Bromeliad Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: California Container Gardener
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imapigeon
Sep 16, 2011 5:57 PM CST
I did an add, and found it nicely organized and easy to use----excellent work Dave and testing team!!!
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