Site Talk forum: Does NGA want to be included

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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Feb 15, 2018 12:02 PM CST
I was surfing the web the other day and landed somewhere that listed helpful gardening sites. Dave, when I encounter one do you want me to point it out to you so that you can decide if NGA should be included?

Maybe I'll remember the one that struck me as deserving NGA in its list.
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
Region: New Hampshire Vegetable Grower Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tomato Heads
Annuals Hostas Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Spiders! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US
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robertduval14
Feb 15, 2018 2:06 PM CST

Plants Admin

tx_flower_child said:Maybe I'll remember the one that struck me as deserving NGA in its list.


They should all have NGA at the top of their list!

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Feb 15, 2018 4:48 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

The best thing to do is for you to send them a quick email asking them to include us. It looks better when a request comes from a member or a fan instead of from us directly. Smiling
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Feb 15, 2018 4:51 PM CST
dave said:The best thing to do is for you to send them a quick email asking them to include us. It looks better when a request comes from a member or a fan instead of from us directly. Smiling


And, let the rest of us know so that we can send an e-mail to make the same request! Green Grin!

~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Feb 15, 2018 10:48 PM CST
Ok. Check will do. But thought I ought to ask first.

Wonder what site I was on. I always clear my browser so I won't be able to find it by tracing my steps. Going to have to do a mental trace and I don't have much hope for success. 😜
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Feb 16, 2018 10:19 AM CST
If you come across it again, please let us know. Thumbs up
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Critters Allowed Region: Arizona Xeriscape Greenhouse Annuals
Cactus and Succulents Bromeliad Adeniums Orchids Tropicals Plumerias
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plantmanager
Feb 16, 2018 1:10 PM CST
Was this the site?
https://www.thespruce.com/top-...
Handcrafted Coastal Inspired Art SeaMosaics!
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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tx_flower_child
Feb 16, 2018 5:52 PM CST
Might have been on the Spruce but it wasn't on the link you provided.
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
The WITWIT Badge Region: California Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Xeriscape Native Plants and Wildflowers Salvias
Foliage Fan Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Bee Lover Hummingbirder Butterflies
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HamiltonSquare
Feb 16, 2018 7:49 PM CST
How many members are we now? There used to be a sort of stats page. I'm always recommending this site for all of it's virtue's. My local Perennial Plant Club is finally linking NGA.
Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento California.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Permaculture Raises cows
Beekeeper Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Plant Identifier Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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dave
Feb 16, 2018 8:09 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

I don't publish the actual count of signed up members because it is a vast number going back over 20 years and there's no way to know how many are actually still active and visiting the site. Even people who signed up years ago and didn't visit for many years, sometimes suddenly appear and post in the forums!!

But it's around a million actual signups.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California Plant Identifier
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ctcarol
Feb 16, 2018 8:28 PM CST
Not too shabby! If people knew it was free, it might be much more, and it is international. Unfortunately, some of us old gardeners tend to die off, and I guess their kids don't un-sign us. From my point of view, not many of the younger generation are into gardening. Maybe, if they had a mentor ( such as you) to teach them that food doesn't come from the digital world, some would return to it. I give you high praise for combining the way with your family.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Feb 17, 2018 5:56 AM CST
As far as the younger people around here, I have to say 'au contrair'. (say but maybe not spell) I'm seeing more and more of them at the local nurseries (poor choice of words). There's a lot of them who go to the free classes about various aspects of organic gardening and native perennials. I think the issue gets down to land and time.
I have no land but being of the geezer generation Ive got plenty of time. And if weather permits I'm going to help sort seeds today so I'll get 1 pound of free seeds of my choosing. Put your orders in now.

Pictures of the seed sort from last year show a lot of young'uns there. I think maybe kids today (sounds like I really am a geezer) aren't 'joiners'. I'll make sure to tell them all about NGA.

Nap time now. Yawn.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Feb 23, 2018 5:28 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

Instead of citing the number of members as a measure of popularity, it is better to list the number of visitors per year.
As Dave said, the number of signups doesn't at all represent this website, or any other for that matter. People come and go and sign up, or don't, for various reasons.

Garden.org had over 8 million unique visitors in 2017. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
From everything I know (take it for what it's worth), that is vastly more than any other website dedicated to gardening.

NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
Feb 23, 2018 7:25 PM CST
Trish said:Garden.org had over 8 million unique visitors in 2017. Hurray! Hurray! :hurray:

and I predict that number to be much, much larger by the end of 2018! Thumbs up

~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


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
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TBGDN
Feb 24, 2018 8:01 AM CST
This is the site I've called "home" since the beginning. I can't imagine another one as unique & beneficial! Thumbs up
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Even a fool, when he shuts his mouth, is counted (as being) wise.Proverbs 17:28
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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tx_flower_child
Mar 7, 2018 1:54 PM CST
Too bad I haven't stumbled on the site again that prompted me to pose my question here. Haven't given up yet due to Alexander Pope's saying that hope springs eternal. :D

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