Gardens & Gardening
[Personal Pages] [Herbs] [Bonsai]
[Reference Sites] [Societies,
[Television & Radio Programmes] [Public Gardens, Museums, etc.]
[Miscellaneous (incl. Commercial) Sites]
A somewhat random collection --if you think that yours should be here,
let me know (see below). See also the uk.rec.gardening Web-Ring.
My Vegetable Patch
"It's all about my home vegetable garden and will
have recipes and other information in the future. Any tips, recipes or
anything about the site itself can be emailed to the address at the site.
If you have your own site and would like a link just email and I'll have a
This is an Australian garden in Southern Victoria-- I can't discover
"An English country garden", in Dorset.
Nicely designed site, offering a descriptive tour of Mandy's
garden, plus sections on matters such as pruning and vegetable growing,
and a page of her recipes. (M)
The Vegetable Patch
An Australian patch (in Queensland) maintained by Gavin
& Paula Atkinson. At the moment it seems to be more promise than
delivery, but I'm sure that'll change. (M)
"Les Jardins de Saquet Bas." Frames-crippled,
but I've linked to the main contents page.
Janet and John
"Somewhere north of Glasgow". Descriptions
and photos of their garden. (M)
Large list of useful links, plus details of his own
commercial garden services.
"The Garden Page". An American page, offering
seasonal advice, links to useful reference sites and to commercial sites.
Oh, and Astrology & Biorhythms... Ahem. (M)
"The Spirit of Gardening" Offers a history of
gardening, petry, quotations, and much more. Well worth a browse.
Just photos of his garden with minimal descriptions --
but for some reason he hasn't made them down-loadable (for those with
text-based browsers, for example).
Nicely designed site; among other things, it offers
useful sections on vegetables, fruit, & herb growing. (M)
"A Garden in Torquay". Descriptive
tour, with photographs, plus an annotated list of his favourite
plants, and a list of plants that have done well in Devon... A
very nicely designed Web page.
"The Rouse garden" -- a Derbyshire garden.
Description with photos; a nicely designed page.
"Snowdrop's Garden Pages", in Suffolk. Very
much a Home Page, with sections about Ann and her interests, but offering
details of her gardening projects, photographs of her garden, a list of
her plants, and a set of useful links. (M)
Generally a well designed site, though a little messy at
times if you're using a text-based browser -- and the site guide is made
obscure by Cormaic having given free rein to his sense of humour. A plus
for the graphics-based browser user: it offers a "break out of
frames" button. Beware if you're browsing with Explorer or Netscape
or the like, though -- it plays some godawful "music" (which
comes as a shock if you're browsing while listening, say, to Couperin, as
I was when I first looked at it). There's a button to switch it off, but
why have it at all? Fortunately I usually use Lynx, which leaves me
immune to such annoyances.
Huge site devoted to all things herbal.
All about the Centre and its work, plus a vast amount of
information about herbs -- places to buy them, how to use them, events
Conservation, culinary and medicinal information, links
to herb sites, etc.
Bonsai Web Site
Maintained by M.-T. Sukahara. Japanese only. (M)
Packed with useful information, useful for bonsai
growers from beginners to the more experienced. (Minor M)
All manner of things -- articles (introductory and
advanced), events, books, supplies, competitions...
Well-designed, very useful on-line encyclopaedia of
plants and gardening in general.
The u.r.g. FAQ. A very useful guide to gardening books
(but see my books page
for a worry about Amazon's policies). (M)
A large site, divided into various categories, offering
articles at a popular-journalism come coffee-table book sort of level for
the most part. (M)
Nicely-designed site, offering the ability to search by
common or botanical names.
Internet Directory for
Maintained at the Botanical Museum of Helsinki
University, this offers a huge searchable botanic database.
Maintained by Dow Manlove. "An Internet Garden
Resource. The plant database is up to 900 plants -- each plant card
includes descriptions, photos, and links to Internet nurseries that carry
them. You can also "review a plant" by adding your experience
with the plant in your garden." Also gardening links, etc. A
well-designed and very useful site.
Ohio State University. Unusable by a text-based
browser, because the menu is a gimmicky thing with an unusable button.
It's a small menu, and would have worked perfectly well without the
gimmick -- so here it is: Plant
"United States Department of Agriculture Natural
Resources Conservation Service". A frames-crippled
site, but navigable.
Huge and useful (if depressing) resource.
On-line encyclopaedia, with a lot of useful information,
well organised. (M)
Tips 4 Trees
Just what it says; a small page offering general advice
on looking after trees.
Gardening Association's Question & Answer
Useful searchable database of answered gardening
"1100+ plant database for gardeners, 6500+ plant
database categorised by 150 medical uses, free adverts for business, FFA
pages, Postcards and more." Some of what's on offer is only
tangentially related to gardening, but that still leaves a lot of useful
"tribute to old & old-fashioned garden
roses". Illustrations and descriptions of over 100 roses. Minor M.
In this case I have a Major Moan, as
the site is really messy with a text-based browser. Once you're past
that, there's a fair bit on offer; apart from membership details and
information about the Society, its events, publications, etc., there are
reports on horticultural research, conservation, and trials, plus features
such as "Plant of the Week" and the like.
See especially their Plantfinder
site. I think that this is the main part of it, but it's so
that I can't be certain.
Details of the club, events, journal, membership, seed
Maintained by Stewart Featherstone. Offers details of
the Society, conact page, details of events, rose links, etc.
Weeds of the World
At the Oxford Forestry Institute.
A large site, offering advice, "Plant of the
Day" and the like, details of events, suggested projects, and more.
Rich site, including a useful (and usable) search
British Columbia Botanical Garden
As for Kew -- very full, very well designed site.
of Garden History
In Lambeth Palace Road, South London. Opening times,
information about the museum, a "Virtual Visit", feature
articles, links, etc. (M)
National Gardens Scheme
A charity which raises money for nursing charities,
etc., by opening gardens to the public. (M)
Oxford Botanic Garden
The oldest botanic garden in the country. Bare details
of opening times & dates.
Royal Botanic Gardens,
Everything you might want to know about this most famous
of Botanic Gardens without actually going there.
of Washington's Medicinal Herb Garden
"An unoffical hypertext tour and partial
Plants to deter burglars, maintained by Ged
From the Oxford Forestry Institute's pages,
U.K.-based commercial site, offering gardening
information and on-line shopping. (M)
Hedgerows Garden Tapestry
Canada-based site, with a forthcoming section for
English gardening. Mostly well designed, offering links to commercial and
non-commercial sites. (M)
A commercial site, with a lot of useful
Thompson & Morgan
On-line seed and plant catalogue.
How to grow and look after them; lots of useful
The Web pages for the Usenet group uk.rec.gardening. (M)
Includes most of the personal pages above, and many
An on-line magazine, somewhat U.S.-orientated. Why,
incidentally, don't Americans call the activity "yarding"? (M)
Minor Moan: For some reason, although many sites
manage to avoid such nuisances as frames and
Java gimmicks, they spoil things by forcing the users of text-based
browsers to see the names and descriptions of all their graphics. I don't
want to know that there's a [striped_line2.gif] on a
page; if I'd wanted to see it, I'd have used a graphics-based browser. And
seeing as a link something like [brown_dot.gif] instead
of a useful description is infuriating. I suspect that this is the result
of using a Web-page writing program instead of writing it themselves, but
whatever the reason, it's annoying. Users of text-based browsers will be
blissfully unaware that my pages have eye-candy graphics, and that's
surely the way it should be.