Celebrating 4 Years of All Things Plants

By dave
July 4, 2015

Time has surely flown. Today we celebrate our 4th anniversary on the web, and we're throwing a party! We invite you to join in the celebration and get a chance for a huge acorn giveaway!

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Jul 3, 2015 6:03 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Jonathan Whitinger
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Hybridizer Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Daylilies Region: Texas Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Hurray, I love All Things Plants! Thanks to all the moderators and admins!
Jul 3, 2015 6:06 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
I agree It is my first stop every morning. Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Jul 3, 2015 6:08 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Tomato Heads Vermiculture Garden Research Contributor
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Ukraine Garden Sages
My first stop every morning, last stop in the evening, with lots of stops through the day! Hilarious!
Jul 3, 2015 6:17 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I especially admire the accurate plant darabase, so many thanks to the admin and moderators for fact checking, plus all the member contributors. And of course Dave for his thoughtful and quick responses to change suggestions, and Trish for her tireless assistance. So fun to watch this site continue to grow.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Jul 3, 2015 6:17 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Annuals Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plays in the sandbox
Tender Perennials Tomato Heads The WITWIT Badge Region: Utah Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Many, many thanks to Dave, Trish. Zuzu, Sue, Evan, and Kent. Also to Jon, the prince in waiting. Thanks to all of you who grow beautiful plants and share wonderful pictures. ATP and plants are an integral part of my day. I check ATP first thing every morning, at bed time, and several times during the day. It fills in some quiet hours. I also appreciate that those who participate are friendly and helpful. I enjoy reading forums that I do not participate in. A bouquet to everyone here......
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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Jul 3, 2015 6:20 PM CST
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Level 1
I tip my hat to you. To Dave and Trish and I tip my hat to you. To all of the Administrators and Moderators.

You have created a site that is solid and fun.

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Jul 3, 2015 6:21 PM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
This site is invaluable to me for checking photos, information, and lots of helpful suggestions from members! Thank you to Dave and Trish and their family for making this site happen. Thanks to all the admins and moderators for keeping the site running smooth. And thanks to all the members who make this site a unique and special gardening forum. The BEST on the internet! And I am truly enjoying all the members from around the world who have joined in! I have learned so much from so many!!! THANK YOU!

Happy Anniversary to our ATP community! Group hug Lovey dubby Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
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Jul 3, 2015 6:25 PM CST
Name: tk
97478 (Zone 8b)

Tomato Heads Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I am so glad I found ATP while snooping around the internet. I like everything about it. It has helped me with my gardening problems. Each year, my garden has improved because of the ideas from ATP. Thanks to the administrators and moderators. Thanks to Dave, Trish the children who sold me wonderful seeds, and the cute ones who give me a smile when they show the raffle winners.
Jul 3, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sedums Garden Procrastinator Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Region: Minnesota Hostas Heucheras Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies
I don't participate in any other online forums or groups except for ATP. It's the only one I find interesting, informative, supportive of my severe gardening addiction, and whose members have a collective bodily of knowledge that is nothing short of astonishing. I so appreciate all the wonderful photos, comments, ideas, help with plant IDs, and so on. On top of all that, all the people who run this site are extremely efficient, knowledgeable, responsive, and personable. I simply don't know what I would do without ATP! So yay, and way to go! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Jul 3, 2015 6:39 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Region: Mid-Atlantic Charter ATP Member Greenhouse I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Tropicals
Ponds Hummingbirder Birds Butterflies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level
Thank you to Dave his family and helpers, what a great site you have created for us.
Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
Jul 3, 2015 6:42 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Heucheras Bookworm Region: Colorado Garden Procrastinator Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
I agree I agree

Love this site, my day would not be complete if I did not check in on a lot of the forums. It is inspiration, encouragement, information and just darn fun!!!

Thank You! To Dave, Trish, all the Moderators and Administrators. Hurray! Hurray!
Jul 3, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
I can't even begin to describe how ATP has positively affected my life. I love the serious gardening part of it & I love the fun part of it and I love the serious fun of it! I am here off & on every day I think. I get so much great information here and enjoy sharing any knowledge I have. I love that the members are so conscientious in posting verified correct info. to the database rather than just schlepping it. In short, I love this great big gardening family!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ATP!!!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Dave & Trish, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being "you".

I would like to commend the admins and moderators for their continually tireless efforts. Thank you all. I tip my hat to you.

Last but not least I would like to thank every single member of this online family of like minded souls for being the people you are.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
Jul 3, 2015 6:50 PM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
My favorite website and go-to place to share photos, chat with and learn from others, and just generally hang out online with a great bunch of people! Thanks to Dave, Trish, and all the ATP administrators and moderators for making this such an interesting, fun, warm, friendly, and accepting place to be!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Jul 3, 2015 6:53 PM CST
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Bulbs Container Gardener Hummingbirder Region: Mid-Atlantic Sedums
Vegetable Grower
Hurray! Congratulations, Dave and Trish!

I joined a few years ago but only just recently discovered the Plant List feature.

And what a useful feature it is! Thank You!

I especially love being able to keep my "want" list online where I can access them easily if I happen to stop by at a nursery. Whistling
Jul 3, 2015 6:57 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
I don't know what I would do without ATP. On those rare occasions when my internet is down and I can't get here my entire day is ruined. I am just so addicted to coming here to have fun.
Jul 3, 2015 7:09 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6b)
Aquarium Plants Bookworm Snakes Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Heucheras
Echinacea Hellebores Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hostas Region: New Jersey
It has become such a part of my every day life I do not know what I would do if it were not here. Always look forward to stopping in and see what every body is up to in their gardens.
Jul 3, 2015 7:11 PM CST
Name: Betty
MN zone 4b
Frogs and Toads Birds Hummingbirder Irises Lilies Peonies
Roses Garden Ideas: Level 1 Region: United States of America Hostas Garden Art Echinacea
ATP absolutely ROCKS! ATP is the only gardening site that I use, everyone is helpful and friendly, the database is so helpful along with many other features on the site. Thanks to Dave, Trish, the admins and moderators for making everything run so smoothly! Thank You!
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
Faith is the postage stamp on our prayers!
Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

Jul 3, 2015 7:19 PM CST
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
Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Ferns Daylilies Irises Cat Lover
It's been 10 years since someone gave me the gift of membership in a gardening site for my birthday. I had just retired from teaching and had a lot of time on my hands; it was nearing winter as well. I had never had time to use the internet for anything except educational information and had no idea gardening sites existed. By the time I registered and settled in, trying to learn to navigate, out of the blue I received a Dmail from somebody who signed his name as Shoe, short for Horseshoe, welcoming me, and then suddenly I found myself in the Welcome forum and I never looked back. It was Dave's Old Garden and at that time it was so friendly I had more new online friends than I knew what to do with. It wasn't very long before there was a request for those interested in writing gardening articles; that message came from Dave himself and as I remember the request was just below the banner on every home page. I jumped on the request, was accepted, and it wasn't very long before Aunt Bett made her first appearance.

The rest, as they say, is history. And when the mood of that site began to go downhill, I never looked back, I simply jumped again on the opportunity to follow Dave and Trish anywhere. I also brought most of my friends with me, including 'Aunt Bett'.

About 5 months ago my life was interrupted by a serious health issue, my computer time as well as any type of winter gardening was interrupted as well. But when I was able to return to this site, I was overwhelmed with well wishes from so many ATP (and Cubits) friends. I think more than all the medical care and all the new meds, it was truly all the online gardening friends who healed my heart and hurried my return to health and to my garden.

ATP just feels like home to me.

Thanks and Happy Happy Birthday!
Visit my cubit Blue Gardens
Check out my Blog
Read my Articles and Ideas
Jul 3, 2015 7:31 PM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Peonies Hummingbirder Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I wanted to quote some of the above comments, but then I went back to the top and re-read them all down to Rita's post. And then I discovered that every comment listed reflects something that I wholeheartedly agree with, and cannot improve upon. All of these members express so much the way we all feel at one time or another about this great gardening site!

I want to add that we all are in a state of continual learning here because of the array of new ideas posted each week. This does not include all the wonderful pictures, comments and references posted as well. So for me personally it is a continuing education at its best. And ATP represents a treasure trove of information, factual data and photographic identification. And the forums themselves are priceless.

Congratulations to everyone associated with this wonderful endeavor! I would be remiss if I left anybody out. So my very best wishes go to everyone involved with ATP, from the newest member all the way to the the administrators, all moderators and of course the Whitinger family! I feel honored to be a small part of it all! Smiling
Even a fool, when he shuts his mouth, is counted (as being) wise.Proverbs 17:28
Jul 3, 2015 7:34 PM CST
Name: Joy Wooldridge
Kalama, Wa. (Zone 8b)
Sunset Zone 6, Heat zone 4,
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner 2021 Lilies Daylilies Organic Gardener Cat Lover
Birds Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Photography Bulbs Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Container Gardener
ATP my home on the web. Where oh where would I be without you? Lovey dubby
Thank you to everyone who continue to make ATP the best gardening site on the web. Happy anniversary to our entire ATP family. Group hug
No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. ~Hugh Johnson

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