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 9:15 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hard to believe it's been that long. I have made some amazing friends here and learned LOTS about irises. Thanks to Dave, Trish and family. It's the first place I come in the morning and the last place I visit at night.

Thank You!
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Jul 4, 2015 3:59 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I agree I have and continue to learn a great deal from all of the great members on ATP. I have also met some great people who I consider my cyber friends. We have exchanged many irises, asked many questions, posted lots of ideas, shared many laughs and some tears as the years passed. My morning coffee wouldn't be as enjoyable without ATP! Thanks Trish and Dave for your wonderful idea.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Jul 4, 2015 5:33 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I too have greatly benefitted from time spent on this site. I came at first for database, then to have iris questions answered, then because I noticed how much joy and passion everyone had for their beloved plants. The members of this gardening community have been kind, and helpful, and generous. I have enjoyed getting to know them, and - at least in the iris forum - laughing with them as we all share a love of our gardens and of life.
I tip my hat to you. Thanks Dave and Trish!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jul 4, 2015 7:37 AM CST
Name: Jasmin
Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Peonies Roses Clematis Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Bee Lover
Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: Canadian Permaculture Garden Ideas: Level 2
I agree I also continue to lear here. The most amazing thing is that we can compare experiences. For example, it was amazing to learn about peonies in other northern gardens; when they emerge in spring and how they grow. I tip my hat to you.
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."~Albert Einstein
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Jul 4, 2015 9:38 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
It's interesting to see the progression of blooms for specific plants. What works where, why, why not? It truely is a community making it all work.

Sitting on our various porches and discussing some of our favorite things or cutting up and making plans for clandestine garden raids, you all are my second family. Bravo and brava for making MY life a little sweeter and brighter and funnier and MUCH more interesting. Group hug Lovey dubby Hurray!
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Jul 4, 2015 1:59 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Back at ya Celia! nodding
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jul 4, 2015 1:59 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
We started out unknown to each other, with only our love of Irises in common. Those of us who have been here from the beginning have come to know and like each other, sharing the highs and lows of our lives, as well as our Irises. We've welcomed new members along the way, and they've become a vital part of the fabric of our group.

I start my days with a cup of coffee while checking in to the Iris Forum at ATP -- to see how my friends are doing. And I end my days with a nice glass of wine and another visit to see what the day has brought them. I agree with you completely, Celia -- it IS a second family, and all of our lives are richer for it.

Thank you to Dave and Trish for providing the format for perfect strangers to become valuable friends.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Jul 4, 2015 4:17 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier The WITWIT Badge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages
A family of choice... Group hug

A garden of forums and friends, plants and animals, good times and tears, where even shy lurkers can find their place to bloom and grow.

Thanks to you all.
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Jul 4, 2015 5:34 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Well said, Jean.
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Jul 5, 2015 8:12 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier The WITWIT Badge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages
Thank You! Smiling
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