Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Gardening By Computer

Attention New England gardeners: A couple of years ago, a bunch of us started working on the New England Native Alternatives Gardening Guide, a project to create a website that takes invasive plant profiles and gives you back suggestions of what native plants are good alternatives. The backend uses a database derived from the New England Wildflower Society's 2005 native plant catalog, so it's a little out of date, but it could still be a fun tool for those of you who are looking to plant natives in the garden. If you get bored of looking at the native replacements, you can go directly to the native plant database and search by characters like flower color, plant height and soil type.

Note that this is just an experimental project, with a machine making the decisions for you, and of course is not meant to take the place of expert advice :-).


Anonymous said...

Good stuff, I'll post a link to this guide on my own blog.

Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

Way cool. Watch for the link-back!