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Links and Sites to Visit

BLOGS AND INTERESTING SITES TO VISIT

 

FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND ASSOCIATES

Bubba N Friends — home page of Mike Burger, the technical genius (and great father) who makes the site happen.

Ontario Wildflowers — some of Walter Muma’s amazing work- check his other sites, too! He’s been a loyal friend and supporter of The Monday Garden since the beginning.

Genrecookshop — My cousin Nancy Bea Miller’s blog—just awesome- make your day.

Friends of Felines — cat rescue and adoption, Fairfield County, CT – good-hearted people, working hard to do good with great cats needing good homes. Please support them.

Flint River Ranch — source of my Kerry’s prime-quality dry cat food. The sellers, Paul and Dixon, are terrific people. You can post your pets’ pictures in their pet gallery, and, if you’re lucky, win pet-of-the-month and get a free bag of food for your favorite animal welfare group.

HOME TOWN

The City of Stamford, CT — the City where I live and where most of the pictures on the site were taken. Here’s our tree ordinance, the Keep Stamford Beautiful site (with recycling information), and our first Community Supported Agriculture group.

The Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, CT – a relatively small but delightful garden with acres of uncultivated forest, swamp, and meadow and, of course, the pond. It’s connected by a woodland trail to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center , which has even more acres of mature forest, suitable for hiking, beeches, owls, and an occasional coyote.

The Rippowan River, known locally as the Mill River, runs through Stamford on its way to the Long Island Sound. This totally cool USGS site shows the river’s flow in real time from a satellite uplink just north of Stamford’s Scalzi Park/Cubeta Stadium. Along this stretch of the Mill River , the spring beauties, ducks, kingfishers, orioles, muskrats, pussy willows, and alders flourish (or at least make some kind of a living), in a narrow corridor between a major highway and the sports fields.

A few blocks further south, the river banks are being redeveloped according to the Mill River Corridor Plan, with help from the Mill River Park Collaborative (includes an awesome aerial view of the river winding its way through town) and the Army Corps of Engineers. The project includes liberating the river from high cement walls that have prevented this body of water from being a proper river, with wet lands and flood plains, since the time of the mill. They are also taking down the old mill dam, and perhaps, someday, the salmon will be back.

SoundWaters –conservation education group- based at Stamford CT’s Cove Island, one of the most popular places in town with the birds and the humans.

StamfordPlus is Stamford’s brand new (in December 2005) quarterly lifestyle magazine, which, of course, includes horticultural information from The Monday Garden.

PLANTS AND WILDLIFE INFORMATION AND THE JUST PLAIN AWESOME

 

My thanks to one and all for making this wealth of information only a mouse click away:

My Favorite Top-Flight Plant Data Bases: Floridata , Virginia Tech, UConn They are all excellent. Floridata, in particular, has to be a labor of love.

Germplasm Resources Information Network – (GRIN) — USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Serious taxonomic information; good links

USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service — — invasive plants data base; good links

Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas –The National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service guide — great piece of work on invasives; you can order a print copy from the site.

The US Forest Service — FEIS data base (love these guys!)

Purdue University, Cooperative Extension Service a great reference tool on plants poisonous to livestock and pets

Botany.com — a commercial site with good general botany information

Connecticut Botanical Society — the wildflowers

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden –a favorite place; great web site, too

Wikipedia –the free encyclopedia- great general resource.

Dave’s Garden is an interactive website where some 160,000+ members share all kinds of gardening information, including information on plant sources and sellers; the site also facilitates plant swapping, and much more.

Tree Biology — The author, Tom Kimmerer, calls it “news and trends in the biology of woody plants”; I call it “good choice for a home page”; links alone are incredible. For the non-professional, this is an eye full; and I think the professionals like it too.

Marietta Natural History Society — in Washington County, Ohio — a naturalist’s treasure trove. The local flora and fauna section is must see (the butterflies are awesome, then there are the turtles….). The quarterly newsletter archives are full of interesting things that we’d all be better for knowing. Also, they have their tree census on-line (I am soo envious!).

John Shelley’s Garden Center & Nursery — in Felton, PA doesn’t sell on-line, it just offers a wealth of common sense gardening advice that puts the health of the planet, the plant, and your wallet before making a short-term profit. If every plant nursery gave advice this sound, the planet would be a whole lot better for it. (Caution: if I’m a raving pinko, he makes the NRA look like bleeding hearts — good to know that we all agree on saving the planet!) Check his links, too. They’re great.

Moosey’s Country Garden — an incredible site reflecting an incredible garden in West Melton, New Zealand, the garden is full of roses, cats, and all kinds of delights. The site has loads of wonderful pictures and great information plus web graphics to-die-for. Take your lunch and stay for a while.

Susan Amoy’s Bonsai — A great bonsai artist living and working in my adopted hometown, Brooklyn.

Leaves of Grass — a wonderful nature blog from Brazil started in 2005 by Sonia de Amorim Mascaro.

Connecticut Gardner — horticultural magazine by a fellow Connecticut Master Gardener who knows perennial gardening

Florist Directory the world of cut flowers— a very different view of the plant kingdom