Gardening on the World Wide Web
By Mary T. Harrington

    Alright, I admit it, even though this has not much of a winter, I cannot wait for spring to finally arrive. Iím just itching (poison ivy aside) to get out into the garden. One of the ways I brighten my spirits prior to digging my hands in the dirt, is to go to some of my favorite sites on the World Wide Web (WWW) and soothe this aching spirit. Now mind you, this is only a fraction of what is out there. The beauty of the internet is in the traveling. Iím simply going to point in a few directions. Hope you enjoy them.

    Our first stop will be at The Garden Web: http://www.gardenweb.com  . This site offers interesting gardening related topics and forums including bonsai, wildflowers and roses.  Try the Gardening Launch Pad: http://gardeninglaunchpad.com  next.

    This is a site that was developed by Jim Parra who is the Garden Center Coordinator at the Zilker Botanical Gardens located in Texas. The site is comprehensive and offers a wide variety of information including but limited to poisonous plants, pruning and weather sites. You could spend hours just trying to get through the entire list he has posted.

    Since the gardening that I do is specifically for Butterflies and Hummingbirds, here are a couple of very interesting sites related to them. There is Butterflies of North America: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/bflyusa/bflyusa.htm . This site has maps of North America, tracks the migrations of butterflies and posts alerts. The second site is The Butterfly Web Site: http://butterflywebsite.com/ . It offers wonderful information for children and adults on butterflies and even has virtual butterflies flitting on the site. If you would like to see what the only nesting hummingbird on the East coast of America looks like, check out Enature.com: http://www.enature.com . This site offers field guides for birds, wildflowers, mammals and butterflies with special attention being paid to habitats through out North America. The pictures are incredible.

    Locally, the New York Botanical Garden: http://www.nybg.org  offers programs in master gardening, botanical drawing and horticultural therapy. Teatown Lake Nature Reservation: http://www.teatown.org  has virtual tour of Wildflower Island, literally an island that hosts over 250 species of flora indigenous to the Northeast. Wave Hill: http://www.wavehill.org , located in the Bronx has beautiful gardens and an impressive archive online to view and gather ideas. 

    May you have many hours of happy surfing on the internet. I will either catch you on the next wave or at the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden at Lenoir. While youíre surfing donít forget to swing by the Hudson River Audubon website: http://www.hras.org  maintained by our current president, Michael Bochnik.

     Here is a great web page with Gardening Tips for Kids.

Mary T.Harrington

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