In the explosion of garden websites and blogs, it seems we usually visit and talk about the same old usual suspects. Some of which I don’t find all that great, for my purposes, anyway; but lately as I have been writing and looking for more information I have found some garden information gems.
It inspired me to go on a discovery quest, and the following sites are what I’ve come up with. Of course, I’d love it if you added my site, Ilona’s Garden, but that is not included in my list.
I thought I would share these lesser known garden websites with you, and make something of a list of fifteen favorite finds.
- Lost Gardens of Heligan A British site, while the site itself is fascinating and holds hidden treasure such as bird info and inspiring pictures of the gardens (lots of them), it is the blog that interests me as a gardener. Located right here on Blogspot.
- Studio G is fairly popular, so maybe you already know it. New to me, it is full of style and with plenty of variety. Written by the co-founder of Leaf Magazine.
- In The Garden And More is by Catherine Dougherty who I’ve followed for quite awhile. Her site is chock full of her love of animals and wonder of nature as well as her beautiful garden.
- Jekka’s Herb Farm is for an herb enthusiast. Every herbal garden lover is going to appreciate the “Herboretum“.
- Clematis On The Web is extensive information on my favorite flowering vine, the Clematis.
- Chickens In The Road… Again, it is popular and you probably already know it, but it didn’t come up on my radar before, and I want you to enjoy it. Mostly it is an all-round farm website, along the lines of Pioneer Woman, but a little less slick and a little more down home.
- Backyard Farming is part farm, part garden blog. It is a well illustrated and cleanly laid out site that gives you nice tips and good photos to view.
- Ink and Penstemon is a tumblr blog and full of interesting tidbits, posts, and inspirations.
- Kitchen Gardener is a website that I like because it is all about Kitchen Gardens, which interest me to no end. A bit slick, but still, a useful site to have on your list.
- Opposite side of the spectrum from the last site listed is the Miserable Gardener which has great posts despite the title implying a disclaimer. You have to like short, weird little videos.
- Growing With Plants is part blog, part garden site, part design site. All of which make it right up my alley.
- Prairie Break is a blogspot blog with plenty of interest, especially with the many photos and good planting ideas for those who struggle with dry conditions.
- Little Green Fingers is really a good blog to find if you are gardening with children, or planning to in the near future. Enjoyable.
- Toronto Gardens is a blog by the Battersby sisters. It is full of pictures and a fun tour through lots of garden topics. I enjoy them on twitter, too.
- Eat, Drink, Garden with Valerie Rice may not be an actual garden website, so perhaps it doesn’t belong on the list, but the promised year long inclusion of a Calender that lists “What To Pick Now” seems like something of great interest to gardeners. Plus, the style news and original watercolors are fabulous.
Gorgeous watercolors shared by Jesse C. Chapman on Flickr. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ // ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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