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Name: mj
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mjsponies
Jan 23, 2015 12:04 PM CST
It occurred to me while I was googling for local Master Gardener plant sales as well as other Plant shows/sales that a calender where members could post the dates for the same would be nice. If it was done in the regional threads it would keep it from getting to crazy. Like I wouldn't get all excited about a show/sale only to find out it was in Northern Oregon !
Is this something Admin would have to set up or can anyone start one in their regional area ?
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Name: tk
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texaskitty111
Jan 23, 2015 12:13 PM CST
I think thats a great idea! There currently is no where that we members can post regional events of interest. I even have one to post, but no where to post it. Just putting it in the Texas forum wont work, as members would have to look through the whole thing each week or so.
Hmmmmm @dave?
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jan 23, 2015 12:52 PM CST
I don't know how that would work, but I did miss two plant sales last year I wanted to attend. So if it could be worked out some way I would be for it.
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gingin
Jan 23, 2015 1:30 PM CST
Make a thread for events/shows/etc. sticky? that way you'd only have to check one thread instead of the whole forum.
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Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Jan 23, 2015 4:28 PM CST
I was thinking that it could be a sticky at they top of the Regional Forum. Then if someone knows of an event they can post it. I think admin has to make it a sticky. Once the date for an event has passed it could be marked "Done" like the plant trading and classifieds forum.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 23, 2015 4:31 PM CST

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I think a dedicate calendar would actually be quite useful. It just would take some time to program such a feature for ATP.
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RickCorey
Jan 23, 2015 4:46 PM CST
Maybe it's just me, but I lost some of my enthusiasm for sticky threads when four stickies took up the whole first page of threads in a favorite forum.

But I realize that may still be desirable for infrequent visitors to that forum. And it grows the site more if new visitors see great things right in their faces as soon as they hit a forum. It's easy enough for me to "Page Down" even if I hit that forum several times per day.

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Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Jan 23, 2015 4:57 PM CST
Yeah I could see if you went to a forum and the whole first page was sticky's that might be frustrating.
I was just thinking that if there was one in each Regional Gardening Forum, local members who would have knowledge of events could post them. If there was a moderator then after the date had passed they could be marked as "Done". I think one big calender for the whole site would get frustrating, since you'd have to wade thru dates for events that weren't in your area.
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Name: Elfrieda
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orchidgal
Jan 28, 2015 10:17 PM CST
I would be interested in finding out if there were any garden events; nurseries opened to the public for special events or classes. We have a few things that take place on a fairly regular basis and I would be happy to post them.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jan 28, 2015 11:10 PM CST
@texaskitty111 Post your event in the Texas forum for the time being. After the event is over, we could move it to the Sandbox.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 30, 2015 1:15 PM CST
dave said:I think a dedicate calendar would actually be quite useful. It just would take some time to program such a feature for ATP.


Dave I really like this idea. I know in my area there are quite a few spectacular plant events coming up. It would be great to have a calendar to post them to.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 5, 2015 4:49 PM CST
I love this idea!!
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Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Feb 18, 2015 7:34 AM CST
Yay! Do this!!! I think Selby is having a plant sale this weekend to members....am I posting this in the right place, then?
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 18, 2015 8:05 AM CST
karmatree,
I don't think anything has been set up for posting local gardening events yet. I think it was just a suggestion and Dave agreed to give it some thought and try to work out some type of Calendar to post the events to.
Who is Selby? where is the sale? at what time? Those would be the types of information that would need to be posted to be effective. So you can see how that might get complicated for thousands of forum members, but I think Dave is the one who might be able to figure out something.
But you are right, it is a great idea and it will take people like you who are willing to post to bring the idea to life.
Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Feb 18, 2015 8:17 AM CST
Larry that's why I suggested it be in the Regional forums. That way someone in Maine wouldn't be get all excited about an event only to find out it was in Florida.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 18, 2015 8:18 AM CST
I am hoping Dave can come up with a zip code based calendar!
Name: Kate
Holmes Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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karmatree
Feb 18, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Well, since I don't know where to post it....here's what I know!

It is the Selby Gardens Plant and Garden Festival February 21st and 22nd, 10:00am to 5:00pm, in Sarasota, FL. Selby Gardens is a fabulous botanical garden that specializes in epiphytes but has all sorts of tropicals.

Here's what the email said:

A beloved annual Selby Gardens tradition, Plant & Garden Festival is a horticultural extravaganza that draws an enthusiastic crowd of plant-lovers seeking the uncommon and the unusual for their gardens. With an unparalleled variety of plants, landscape-related accessories and expert gardeners on hand to answer all your horticulture questions, Selby’s Plant & Garden Festival is a one-stop resource to take your garden to the next level.

A special opportunity to meet Selby Garden’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer Rominiecki will be held Saturday, February 21 from Noon to 1:00pm under the banyans.

The always-crowd-pleasing community event will also include:

Bonsai & Ikebana demonstrations
Live Music by The Stonefish Band (1-3pm, Sat & Sun)
Face Painting & Mr. Art Balloon Artist
Variety of Food Vendors
Tea Tasting in Carriage House Tea Room

Keep up with all the plant & garden action by following us on Facebook!

Ticket Information:
Adult admission (non-members), $14. Members, free. Members’ guests $5.00.
Children 11 and under are free of charge.
Guest passes and reciprocals ARE NOT accepted.
Become a Selby Gardens Member and start receiving the many great benefits.

Parking Instructions:
Limited parking is available on property.
Shuttle Transportation will be available from Senior Friendship Center from 10:00am to 5:00pm
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 18, 2015 8:33 AM CST
Wow, that is great, but it made me realize that it would indeed be hard to fit all that in a little calendar space. Links would work, but for small events or individuals there will probably not be any links.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Feb 18, 2015 8:55 AM CST
@karmatree Kate, Thanks so much for sharing this ... I copied and pasted the info you supplied over on the Florida gardening forum. I sure wish I could make it over to Sarasota for this event; Selby Gardens is a wonderful place to visit!
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Feb 18, 2015 9:35 AM CST
Maybe a short form: Event name, time. place, short description and contact number? Of course link if available also.

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