like you sync your tablet or smart phone to cloud-like
backup systems, gardening will sync with Mother Nature
to create a more perfect natural world, according to
Susan McCoy, trend spotter and president of Garden Media
Group — www.gardenmediagroup.com.
walk, talk and sleep with our phones," says McCoy
in a news release.
people are getting plugged in outside, too, syncing
garden habits with technology and garden hobbyist with
each other. People want to be successful with plants
without a lot of work or information. To do this, they
are turning to technology to help grow plants both
indoors and in the garden."
are utilizing technology in the garden," says Joan
Casanova, spokeswoman for Bonnie Plants, a brand of
vegetable, flower and herb plants sold at garden centers
locally and nationwide.
of technology being a distraction it is instead a
pocket-sized garden tool to learn and share food
Bonnie Plants, "Homegrown" app acts as a
resource for gardeners of all levels – novice to
expert, according to Casanova, thanks to these features:
— Track your garden’s progress through the season,
including planting, watering, feeding, pests, and
— Set notifications so you never forget an essential
— Create a visual history of everything you grow.
Garden/Catalog — Browse info on more than 250 veggies
and herbs, then create a personalized list.
— Use the Tomato and Pepper Choosers to find just the
right varieties to grow.
— See current and predicted weather for your locale,
to Grow — Access a series of guides that provide the
basics for success.
— Quickly and easily share triumphs, challenges, and
lessons learned with friends and family on social
— Go nearly hands-free in the garden with the
can enter every plant you have, what date you planted it
and keep tabs on how it’s doing, too, like your own
personal garden journal right in your pocket. The app is
free on the iTunes App Store. To learn more about the
app and download for free, visit: www.bonnieplants.com.
in anything are showing at all the gardening trade shows
and magazines, according to Tish Llaneza, owner of
Countryside Gardens in Hampton, Va. –http://countrysidegardens.biz.
are really taking off," says Llaneza who goes to
trends and buying shows up and down the East Coast
indoor varieties and outdoor are becoming more and more
popular, using them in terrariums, high heels, coffee
cups and hanging orbs, just to name a few indoor
Bennett, owner of online Gardens by Teresa —
www.gardensbyteresa.com — in Yorktown, Va., agrees.
are drought tolerant, easy care, both for those that are
hardy in this area and the tender varieties. They also
come in an amazing array of textures and colors. Even
the cuttings from many succulents make extremely
gardens remain huge, according to Diane Blazek,
executive director of the All-America Selections —
http://all-americaselections.org — and the National
Garden Bureau — http://ngb.org.
you have a vegetable garden, don’t’ forget the
plants that attract the pollinators who do their job and
help you get cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, etc.,"
says Blazek. The National Garden Bureau is one of a
couple dozen organizations supporting the Million
Pollinator Garden Challenge managed by The National
Pollinator Garden Network to register
pollinator-friendly gardens at http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/
pollinators, your edibles suffer and do not properly
pollinators don’t have to be just native plants. Yes,
natives are important but many annuals can be just as
beneficial. It’s important to understand the many
different types of pollinators and their pollen and
nectar needs at different life stages."