From the Desk of Ed Hume: Best Sources for Garden Information

January 23, 2012 at 5:10 AM Leave a comment

Do you have a garden question? Today there is a nearly endless supply of garden information – some good, some not so good. Keep in mind it is often difficult for anyone to give you a specific answer without seeing a sample of the problem. For them to guess is often of little or no value. So here are a few ideas of places you can call or visit to get help.

Nurseries & Garden Centers:

Many of these businesses have Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) on staff. Often their employees have graduated from the CPH program and can help solve many home gardener problems.

Master Gardener’s Clinics & the Extension Service:

The Master Gardener program consists of home gardeners that have graduated from a State University Extension educational program. In many areas they hold weekly clinics, or answer phone inquiries at local Extension offices. Check with your local county Extension Service for dates and clinic locations.

Radio Garden Talk Shows:

In many areas local radio stations feature weekly garden talk shows which generally answer call-in questions. Most are scheduled on weekends, but a few are on during the week. Check the radio schedule or ask your local nursery for station call letters, days, and times.

Garden Editors/ Columnists:

It’s not unusual for garden writers to list their email, or mailing address at the end of their columns.  Sometimes they’ll use your question for their columns, which helps other home gardeners as well.

Ed Hume Website:

Of course we highly recommend that you visit our website: You’ll find all kinds of gardening information, including a calendar outlining monthly garden projects, and information on how to care for houseplants.

Google & Wikipedia:

You should not discount a basic internet search when attempting to get answers on gardening topics. Simply typing in a plant species and a brief description of your problem may yield an answer.

Garden Shows:

Practically every garden show features at least one booth where garden questions are answered. Most shows also feature associations which focus on roses, fuchsias, bulbs, bulbs, and orchids. The volunteers in these booths are specialists in growing these particular plants, so they are wonderful sources for information.

Greenhouse & Florist Firms:

Greenhouses and florists are among the best sources for answering houseplant questions. Since these folks are in the business of growing houseplants, so they know the common concerns of growing most tropical houseplants.

Arboretums, Botanic Gardens & Colleges:

Many colleges, arboretums, and botanic gardens feature courses or classes in gardening. Right now most are under-funded and limited to the extent they can devote to individual gardening questions, unless they have volunteers to answer the phone.

Garden Books & Magazines:

All are wonderful sources for gardening information. A trip to the library will provide a wide choice of gardening topics. Take a look at my latest book, “Gardening With Ed Hume: Northwest Gardening Made Easy.”(19.95 on our website)

Hopefully this will give you a few ideas of places you can visit to help you with any garden problems that might arise in your garden.

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