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ATP Podcast #37: The All Things Plants Database

By dave
October 3, 2013

Let's talk a bit about the best database of plants in the world, ever.

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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Region: United States of America
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vic
Oct 3, 2013 3:27 AM CST
Thank you for the best, most "powerful", awesome, fun, informative, detailed, database.

I can't say enough about our plant admins - their knowledge and patience is magnificent.

Of course the guy that wrote it all is pretty cool too Thumbs up

No words to describe my appreciation for each and everyone of you.

Thank you!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2013 8:42 AM CST
I agree I totally agree with what Vic said!

Also, I think this was the BEST podcast ever and I'd give it 100 Thumbs up 's! It was the longest podcast yet (I think) but you two definitely hold our attention. :greengrin:

Thank you Dave, Trish and family .... and a huge THANK YOU to all the Database Administrator's for your patience and hard work! You are the best!! Thumbs up
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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
Oct 3, 2013 8:53 AM CST

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Oct 3, 2013 11:13 AM CST
I agree with everything that Vic and Lin said! I agree Hurray! Thumbs up
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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
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
Oct 3, 2013 2:51 PM CST
I loved this fireside chat about our most amazing database.
Plus everything said in the above posts. Green Grin! Thumbs up
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Oct 3, 2013 6:31 PM CST
I haven't listened to the podcast yet but I just know it is so easy to find info on the data base as opposed to other sites where you have to google the plant first so you get the right latin name.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Horseshoe
Oct 5, 2013 1:53 PM CST
What a great and informative podcast! Maybe this one should appear on the Plants Database homepage with a "learn nearly everything you need to know about the great features of the Plants Database". And I say 'nearly' because I have no doubt there will be constant improvement and new additions to the database as it continues to grow, things that weren't covered today because they may not exist yet.

I really liked hearing it compared to "a skyscraper and we're still populating the floors"...excellent description!

Although I've not added as much as many other folks to the Database I sure have discovered how efficient the moderators are. I'm impressed how quick they are to respond to submissions, questions, proposals, etc, and it's all done as if you're sitting on the front porch talking to your good friend(s). It sure makes it much funner (<-- I know, I know, sorry, it's my Southern choice of words) to be a part of things.

Great job, Dave and Trish. I'm glad I didn't miss this one.
And to all you moderators, thanks a gazillion for excellent input, corrections, acceptions and exceptions and, and...well, no doubt the list could go on and on.
Lastly, big time thanks to all those members/non-moderators who've contributed photos, input, descriptions, suggestions, etc, whether it is one entry or hundreds (or thousands like some people I know.)

Best, to all,
Shoe

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
Oct 5, 2013 7:19 PM CST

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You said it perfectly, Shoe!!
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
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LarryR
Oct 6, 2013 12:50 PM CST
Thanks for a great podcast, Dave and Trish. I agree with everything said so far in this tread.

In my "old age"--and after over 50 years as a gardener-- I've discovered daylilies. Yes, I've grown a few over the years, but never really got serious about it. I had no idea about the incredible number of colors, shapes, sizes, and patterns available. I was dumbfounded by the sheer number of cultivars available. One thing led to another, and I began collecting daylilies for a hybridization program. I've run every single daylily I've researched through the ATP daylily database. The amount and quality of information available in one place is unparalleled.

And the photos! I had no idea that a single cultivar could vary so much in color and even in traits. I'm so thankful that folks who uploaded photos were willing to post ones that were less than "ideal." It gave me a much more realistic idea of what I could expect. Hybridizers and growers tend to provide photos that are showy but may not be a very realistic depiction of what I can expect in my garden.

I'm excited to have my first daylily accepted for AHS registration. It will appear in the 2014 AHS daylily database. At that point I will add it to the ATP database. It's called 'Picotee Pumpkin.'

Thanks for all you do to make ATP an amazing and user friendly site. Thumbs up

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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Oct 6, 2013 1:44 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Wow, Larry! That's awesome- kudos to you!! I tip my hat to you.
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
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LarryR
Oct 6, 2013 3:42 PM CST
Thanks, Trish. I tip my hat to you.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Anthony Gloriosoides[ sure!]
Rosetta,Tasmania,Australia (Zone 7b)
idont havemuch-but ihave everything
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Australia Lilies Seed Starter Bulbs
Plant and/or Seed Trader Hellebores Birds Seller of Garden Stuff Garden Art Cat Lover
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gwhizz
Oct 6, 2013 5:31 PM CST
Great job everyone Thumbs up ..from 'Downunder'
lily freaks are not geeks!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
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Calif_Sue
Oct 6, 2013 10:22 PM CST

Plants Admin

Real nice one Larry, like the whitish edges!
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Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
Daylilies Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Dog Lover Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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chalyse
Oct 7, 2013 2:17 AM CST
As someone who has been squatting in apartment 47B of this wonderful Co-op skyscraper, I resoundingly applaud and thank the designers, builders, administrators and fellow residents on the world's most diverse, detailed, helpful and open data-based community and architecture.

Thank you for the database that makes it possible for this buy-aphobe to learn what is needed to make plant purchases confidently, to boldy go even with my brown-thumb into the joys of hybridizing for some really serious fun, and to enjoy the gift of interacting with like-minded new friends.

All this because of the amazing, totally free, user-friendly and responsive engine/creators/etc that make up this vibrant community. This database has facilitated beneficial changes to people's quality of life, and what a joy it is to partake in buzzing around it, finding everything needed to establish a wonderful gardening home base. Doesn't get any better than that!!! Group hug
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of old; seek what those of old sought. — Basho

Daylilies that thrive? click here! Thumbs up
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