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Top 10 Gardening Forums, Chat Rooms, and Communities

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I love exploring these wonderful online gardening communities, and I hope they can help you too!

If you're looking for some expert advice, or just want to chat with fellow green-lovers, then check out these 10 great online communities.

If you're looking for some expert advice, or just want to chat with fellow green-lovers, then check out these 10 great online communities.

Welcome to the Online Gardening Community

Whether you are a master gardener or backyard experimenter, it's nice to know there are places to go to ask a question or share your experiences. Thanks to the internet, there are countless sites where you can do just that.

These discussion forums are packed full of friendly and expert advice for the everyday gardener, and they welcome new members from around the world every day. They offer tips, stories, seed exchange, ideas, and resources. Most of all, they share your passion for all things green.

10 of My Favorite Online Gardening Communities

1. The Gardening Forums

This community is more than just a garden advice site, it is definitely a friendly community with lively conversations and news. They encourage members to ask questions and find the answers they're looking for.

The forum covers a variety of gardening topics, including greenhouse gardening and plant identification. You can hang out in the active chat room or take advantage of expert advice.

2. Moosey's Country Garden

I love this place. Here they encourage you to let them know how your garden grows. Besides general garden chat, there is a rose section, an organic gardening section, and my favorite, the unidentified flowering objects section.

Moosey's encourages photos and even discusses what to do about dogs and cats in your garden. Sign the guestbook and check out these friendly folks.

3. Garden Guides

This is a more scientific venue, though still very welcoming. It is an extremely comprehensive site with a broad spectrum of categories. They include organic gardening, vegetable, herb, bonsai, cactus, containers, woody plants, and fruit.

They even have more specific subcategories like tomatoes, hydrangea, and lilacs as well as a forum that discusses the wildlife garden, keeping nature's critters in mind. There's a whole lot of stuff here.

Gardening with the support and advice of friends is not only helpful but fun!

Gardening with the support and advice of friends is not only helpful but fun!


4. Dave's Garden

This site touts itself as a place to ask gardening questions. But it is so much more. The home page provides links to many specific categories. Just about every flower is included alphabetically.

And that's not all. There are links to international gardening forums, beekeeping, houseplants, landscaping, farm life, and a huge variety of helpful places. Do check out the garden art forum.

5. UBC Botanical Garden

This site is hosted by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. People from around the world discuss gardening with input from university researchers. There are some great categories in pest management, plant identification, and interesting discussions on soil types, fertilizers, and invasive plants.

You can learn a lot here. Photos and discussions are welcomed.

6. Garden Stew

This is a down-to-earth community for the average gardener and homeowner. There are how-to guides, seed exchanges, and a recipe and cooking section. Folks discuss lawn care and water gardening in a friendly atmosphere.

This community encourages photos of your garden and blog entries. It's like talking with neighbors.

7. Garden Banter

Based in the UK, this site serves as a gateway to gardening forums around the world. There are groups for ponds, edible gardening, orchids, and bamboo. You'll want to spend a lot of time here if only to ogle the breathtaking photos.

Whether you're a beginner or expert, Garden Banter will take you to gardens around the globe and inspire you.

Garden communities exist online, too.

Garden communities exist online, too.


8. Homestead Gardening

This site is a back-to-nature place. Members from all walks of life talk about living a simpler and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Besides gardening, there are discussions on cooking and food-preserving.

There's a garden swap, a singles section, and plenty of discussion about farming and getting back to nature. It is a friendly and gentle place and well worth a visit.

9. The Organic Gardening Community

Here's another site I really like. They consider themselves free-thinking gardeners who are different, political, and organic. This community discusses issues as well as gardening. Vegetarianism, natural politics, and gene-altered food are spoken about. Heirloom gardening is a focus here, and there is a great trading bazaar. There are some pretty good recipes too.

10. Garden Web

As one of the largest gardening sites online, Garden Web has a forum for almost any gardening topic you can dream up. With such a huge gardening community, you're sure to find the answers to your questions and make a few friends along the way, whether you're a green thumb or not.

These websites are just a sampling of the many communities that share our love of all that is nature. If there is one thing that connects us all as human beings, it is gardening. Have fun.

"Many hands make light work." Comparing notes with your fellow garden-lovers is priceless!

"Many hands make light work." Comparing notes with your fellow garden-lovers is priceless!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

FW Keyes on September 24, 2011:

Love the videos and pictures, thanks for sharing.

LeeWalls from United States on March 31, 2011:

I've learned a lot about gardening because of my mother. Thank you so much for giving us information about those forums; I didn't know they existed.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 31, 2009:

thanks for sharing gardening forum for us. It help me find the great information by joining those forums.

Aqua on August 23, 2009:

Nice hub - you've got my two favorites, Dave's Garden and Garden Web. Happy Gardening!

Nancy's Niche on August 03, 2009:

Very informative article---thanks for sharing the info...

Kebennett1 from San Bernardino County, California on August 02, 2009:

Good information. Especially for someone with a brown thumb like me!

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