Remember our recent discussion of Web 2.0 in the garden, where commenters wondered if one megasite
could say everything about gardening? I’m pretty sure the answer was no, although there are sites that claim to be "the only website you need for gardening information", which real gardeners know to be bull. But I got to thinking: maybe a bunch of websites combined could begin to do the job and if they linked up in one place, more people could find ’em.
The upshot to all this cogitating is the creation of Regional Garden Gurus. By "guru" we simply mean writers, teachers and designers from across North America whose websites provide good gardening information for their region, using articles, podcasts, videos, and good regional links, or some combination thereof.
THE FOUNDING GURUS
– Don Engebretson the Renegade Gardener needs no introduction to GardenRant readers, since we
mention him regularly. Great info, written in his hilarious, award-winning style. Don lives and gardens in the Minneapolis area, so specializes in USDA Zones 2-4.
– Ginny Stibolt, horticulturist and writer in Jacksonville, Florida, has written the book on Sustainable Gardening for Florida (to be released in ’09) but already has lots of great info on her site,Transplanted Gardener. Podcasts of her radio show are there, too.
MORE GURUS NEEDED
Notice, there’s lots of regions unrepresented, some because websites aren’t ready for prime time, others because we don’t know any gurus there at all. So please send us your guru recommendations – in a comment or an email to me.
And if your region doesn’t have the kind of site we’re talking about, maybe there’s an enterprising gardening writer/educator (you?) who’ll create one soon. The site wouldn’t have to duplicate all the basics (like mulching, composting, pests, principles of design), just focus on the particular requirements of your area. Think about it!