Horticultural Links

UMASS Fruit Advisor (University of Massachusetts) A good source of information for growing tree fruit and small fruit. Provides fact sheets and other useful information for general fruit growing.

Managing Insect Pests in the Home Vegetable Garden (University of Missouri Extension)

Tree Fruit Resources (Penn State) Fact sheets, pruning and training information and publications about tree fruits.

Vegetable MD Online (Cornell University) This site provides fact sheets, photos, news articles and disease alerts for vegetable and pest problems.

Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners (Cornell University) Over 2000 varieties of vegetables and their characteristics are listed on this site. Visitors can register and rate each variety. 

Pronunciation Guide for Plants (Fine Gardening) A site to help with the proper pronunciation of botanical names.

Gardening (Cornell Cooperative Extension) This is the main gateway into gardening resources at Cornell and its Extension Service.

Home and Garden Education Center (University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension) Information to help with the management of problems in and around the home.

Kemper Center for Home Gardening (Missouri Botanical Garden) The Missouri Botanical Garden provides a place for gardeners to find instruction, expert advice, and inspiration at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Search for plant information and get personalized gardening help.

Horticulture and Home Pest News (Iowa State University) This site is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management and common household pests. It is written by Iowa State University Extension specialists in the Departments of Entomology, Horticulture and Plant Pathology.

Interior Water Gardens: Growing Orchids in Hydroculture The site is dedicated to products and information about growing orchids in hydroculture (also called hydroponics.

Landscape, Nursery & Urban Forestry (University of Massachusetts) This site provides information about education programs, news and upcoming events, fact sheets, publications, services (diagnostics and soil testing), home gardener information resources, publications, a job network link and a green directory.

PlantFacts: Horticulture & Crop Science in Virtual Perspective (Ohio State University) PlantFacts is an international knowledge bank and multimedia learning center. It includes an Internet search engine, a searchable database of high quality images, a collection of 200 short gardening how-to videos, frequently asked questions and a glossary with illustrated definitions.

The Gardens at the University of Georgia These are trial gardens that grow the newest varieties of annuals from all over the world and put perennials to the test to find those that stand up to Southeastern heat and humidity

Care of Flowering Potted Plants (University of Missouri Extension) Alphabetically arranged, this illustrated list includes 15 common potted houseplants and bulbs, covering care of new plants, reblooming, and care after flowering.

Green Methods Biological Pest Control and IPM Answers most questions about biological pest control and Integrated Pest Management.

HGIC Plant Diagnostic Web Site (University of Maryland) This site provides photographs to help diagnose and solve plant problems using IPM principles

Integrated Pest Management Program (University of Massachusetts) Provides general information about IPM, specific IPM projects, IPM guidelines, identification of pests and much more. Information is provided for the landscape and turf industry as well as for home gardeners

Managing Insect Pests in the Home Vegetable Garden (University of Missouri Extension)

Invasive Species of Massachusetts Contains pest fact sheets with photos and information to aid you in identifying pests introduced from other locations. It also gives pest alerts for vegetables, flowers and landscape plants. Any of the pests featured on this web site should be reported.

Iowa State University Department of Entomology Features an insect zoo, an entomology index of Internet resources, an entomology insect gallery and general information on insects and IPM.

National Pest Management Association This site has information for professionals and consumers and a website for kids: www.pestworldforkids.org

NC State Systematic Entomology This guide to on-line insect systematic resources is a good site to help with insect identification

Pro New England: Pest Resources Online This site provides pest management information useful to New Englanders.

Purdue University Extension The Plant Clinic is a resource for diagnostics to identify insects, plants and plant diseases as well as plant and pest problems. Ag Answers provides agricultural problem-solving advice.

Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management (Cornell University)

Rutgers University Cooperative Extension A resource for commercial agriculture, landscape and turf management.

University of Connecticut Integrated Pest Management Program

Virginia Tech Insect Identification Laboratory

Virginia Tech Pest Management Guide

Lists garden insects/pests and provides .pdf files that users can download

The Homeowners Lawn Care and Water Quality Almanac (Cornell University) The goal of this almanac is to help you grow and maintain a dense, healthy lawn without polluting watersheds with pesticides, metals, nutrients and petroleum.

Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science The Center for Turfgrass Science generates and disseminates knowledge, training, and education in the turfgrass sciences, and provides service programs that support the turfgrass industry.

Seed Super Store An on-line resource for homeowners to purchase small or large amounts of grass seed. They offer a recommended pre-mixed seed, individual seed varieties and customized mixes. You can search by zip code.

Turf Program (University of Massachusetts Extension Service ) Site designed for turf managers, home gardeners and landscapers. Offers: information on turf diseases, soil testing; resources, programs and research data.

Turfgrass Program (University of Rhode Island) A website listing turf services and educational programs at URI.

CalPhotos A collection of 234,172 images of plants, animals, fossils, people and landscapes from around the world.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Plants Database 

The Plants Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Herbs There are many different reasons to start a herb garden. Herbs have both aesthetic and functional value and can be so much more than just pretty plants. These fragrant and unique plants can add life to a bland landscape, then brought inside and used in a seasonal salad or to add flavor to your family meals.

A Living Lawn – A Lawn for Living: Marblehead’s Organic Lawn and Garden Demonstration Project The “Living Lawn” project provides citizens with an ongoing educational resource for organic turf and garden management.

Organic Farming Research Foundation The Organic Farming Research Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to sponsor research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.

Organic Gardening This Rodale, Inc. site is a rich source for organic gardening basics and offers message boards, links to organic gardening products and resources, a region-specific almanac, and a gardening bookstore.

Organic Gardening Forum: Garden Web

Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply

Kelly Registration Systems This web site integrates pesticide data from multiple states allowing regulated businesses and individuals to complete many compliance activities.

MSDS Solutions Material safety data sheets, one of the largest databases in the world, with 10,000 documents added weekly. MSDS Solutions provide compliance for companies answering to regulatory bodies across the globe.

National Pesticide Information Center General, technical and contact information about pesticides.

Cornell University Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic The clinic is designed to provide plant disease diagnostic services for anyone interested in plant diseases. Services include analysis of plant material and soil for bacterial, fungal, viral, and nematode pathogens as well as suggesting appropriate control measures when available.

Fruit Pathology (University of Wisconsin) Research, disease profiles, pathogen images, and special topics about cranberry, tree fruits and berries.

HGIC Plant Diagnostic Web Site This University of Maryland site offers photographic keys to help diagnose and solve plant problems, using IPM principles.

Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory The Purdue University Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory is a central facility for receiving both physical samples and digital images submitted for identification of insects, plants and plant diseases or diagnosis of plant and pest problems.

Vegetable MD Online This site addresses vegetable diseases and pest problems with fact sheets, a photo gallery and news articles/diseases alert.

American Clematis Society The American Clematis Society’s official site offers descriptions and photos of over 300 clematis varieties, information about the society and its goals, recommendations for clematis care and a calendar of events.

American Daffodil Society This is the United States center for daffodil information, including Internet services and local societies.

American Dahlia Society The Dahlia Society gives detailed information about the basics of growing dahlias, links to dahlia societies within the United States and around the world, provides guides to classification and commercial growers and purchasing information for books and other materials.

American Hemerocallis Society This site features a daylily dictionary, frequently asked questions, daylily sources and a calendar of national and regional activities.

American Horticultural Society This site connects you to great gardens around the world, gardening education, information sources, a community of gardeners eager to share their experience, gardening events, and much more.

American Hydrangea Society Included on this site is a calendar of events, new hydrangeas, garden photos and books and other resources.

The American Orchid Society The website tells all about orchids, has an orchid source directory, a book and gift shop, an orchid forum and publications.

American Rhododendron Society This site has a comprehensive care guide for rhododendrons, proven performers, and contact information for local chapters as well as information about public education, flower shows, seed exchanges and scientific studies.

American Rose Society A site dedicated to the enjoyment, enhancement and promotion of the rose. There is also a shopping section and educational links.

American Society for Horticultural Science An educational and research site that provides access to publications of the Society, posts information about conferences, and offers multimedia and internet resources.

The Cactus and Succulent Society of America The web site of the Society offers seeds, access to its publications, and information about local groups, services and events.

The Herb Society of America The site supports the mission of the Society, which is dedicated to promoting the knowledge and use of herbs through education, research, and sharing experience with the community.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MHS) This site lists the events and meetings of the Society and its affiliates. MHS maintains numerous gardens at its Elm Bank headquarters in Wellesley, MA, including a National Trial Garden, The Bressingham Garden designed by Adrian Bloom, the Jim Crockett Memorial Garden, the Italianate Garden, Weezie’s Garden for Children and numerous others. MHS is affiliated with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.

Master Gardener Associations

New England Carnivorous Plant Society This site lists the events and meetings of the Society, provides information about the Society itself and tells you how and where to get plants.

New England Rose Society The Society web site offers information on rose culture in New England, a calendar of events and a photo album with links to other gardening and society sites, such as the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (www.masshort.org), Rhode Island Rose Society (www.rirs.org), New Hampshire Rose Society (nhrosesociety.org) and Connecticut Rose Society (ctrose.org).

New England Wildflower Society Find information about conservation of North American native plants through education, research, horticulture, habitat preservation and advocacy.

North American Heather Society The Heather Society site provides resources and contact information related to the advancement of knowledge about heaths and heathers.

North American Lily Society Society publications, show calendar, seed exchange and information about lily species and culture are featured on this site.

North American Rock Garden Society Information about publications, meetings and garden visits offered by NARGS provides extensive opportunities for both beginners and experts to expand their knowledge of plant cultivation and propagation, and of construction, maintenance and design of special interest gardens.

North American Native Plant Society The site provides access to the resource offered by this Society with links to all of the native plant societies in the United States and Canada and a photo gallery of featured plants.

Rhode Island Wild Plant Society A non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Rhode Island’s native plants and their habitats. The site offers a wild plants library, access to the society’s publications and lists of services, programs, events and educational and volunteer opportunities.

Rhode Island Dahlia Society Provides event and membership information, tips for growing dahlias and photos of members’ gardens and flowers. Society has members from MA, RI, CT and NY.

American Conifer Society This site contains news, membership information, newsletters and new conifer introductions

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) A brief summary of what poison plants are, why they are poisonous and how they can be identified..

Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) The Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association is a volunteer, nonprofit organization whose members are businesses and individuals involved in the production, sale, and handling of nursery stock in Massachusetts. MNLA members work to promote the environmental well being of our state as well as the highest levels of business ethics within their profession

Basic Techniques for Propagating Plants (Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station) Techniques and tools for propagation; including stem and leaf cuttings and air layering.

Natural Resources Conservation Service Web Soil Survey This site allows you to print out a map of the soils in your area and then access soil data so you can determine if the soils in your area are suited to the intended use.

Diagnostics and Soil Testing (University of Massachusetts Extension) UMass Extension provides several services to assist Green Industry professionals and homeowners in the care and maintenance of ornamental plants and turf. These include soil and tissue testing as well as a wide range of plant problem and Lyme disease diagnostic services.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Center Covers soil environment, the food web, energy sources, food for soil organisms, soil organisms’ habitats and the importance of the soil food web.

Toxic Materials and Pesticides Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Backyard Tree Care (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources) Information that will help you select the right tree, plant it correctly and keep it healthy.

Deciduous Tree Diseases (North Dakota State University Agriculture and University Extension) Site includes parasitic diseases of specific trees. Trees are listed alphabetically by common name. Site also includes non-parasitic tree disorders.

Tree Identification and Overview (Arbor Day Foundation) Provides simple step-by-step guide to identifying trees.

Trees (Arbor Day Foundation) Overview of tree care, pruning, selection and identification.