Garden Web Resources

Internet Gardening Resources

Here are some of my most often visited internet resources when looking for gardening answers.


Plant Naming “Rules”

International Code of Botanical Nomenclature- 2006 (Vienna Code)

Digitized Botanical Literature


BPH  Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Vascular Plant Families and Genera

Sources of up-to-date Plant Names


Species 2000

USDA Plants Database

International Plant Names Index

 List of Names of Woody Plants and Perennials (Namenlijst)

 Royal Horticultural Society Plantfinder

General Plant Characteristics

 1)      PlantFinder, Kemper Center for Home Gardening, Missouri Botanical Garden

2)      New Ornamentals Society (NOS) New Ornamentals Database (NOD), subscription required. Herbacrous Perennials A-B available online for viewing.

3)      Dave’s Garden PlantFiles Largest plant database in the world. I like it for the gardeners comments on the plants.

4)      Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association Ornamental Plants Plus Version 3.0

and  Michigan State University Plant Encyclopedia

5)      Virtual Plant Tags by Dr. Michael Dirr and others.

 6)      North Carolina State University  Plant Fact Sheets.

7)      UConn Plant Database of trees, shrubs and vines by Mark H. Brand


Have you ever wondered about a particular gardening term or concept? Arm yourself with the definitions of 4,500 gardening terms in our Garden Dictionary.


Heritage Perennials


1)      Help Me Find


Botany references


A reference guide containing an alphabetical list of botanical (latin) words, with information given for each word, usually including the etymology (i.e., history and/or origin) and pronunciation.


Bug Bios
If you only have time to visit one of the sites referenced on this page, then this is the one. After researching and assembling the list below, we found It includes some of the links on this page and much, much more.

National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Plant Pest Information

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Plant Health and Production Division

Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet
Common Insects and Associated Pests – Attacking Bedding Plants and Perennials

Iowa State Entomology Index: Databases
A very exhaustive collection of international entomology databases.

Iowa State Entomology Index: Institutions
Another very exhaustive collection of international entomology institutions.

Iowa State Entomology Image Gallery

Horticulture & Home Pest News
Articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests.

A cooperative effort of University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the University of Idaho.
Pesticide Information Profiles (PIPs)

University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Pest Management Guides

North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO)

NAPPO – Pest Alert

The Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
Factsheet Database: Guides for answering plant-related questions from 46 different universities and government institutions across the United States and Canada. Over 20,000 pages of Extension fact sheets and bulletins provide a concentrated source of plant-related information.

The Virtual Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University

rec.gardens.ecosystems is a Usenet newsgroup intended for the discussion of gardening topics from an ecological perspective.

VCE Entomology: Insect Factsheets

Manitoba Agriculture and Food – Weeds, Insects and Diseases


BugFiles is a massive bug database designed to help gardeners identify insects, spiders and butterflies in their garden.


Patterned after our botanical reference guide, Insectipedia is a reference guide containing an alphabetical list of botanical (latin) words for insects and bugs, with information given for each word, usually including the etymology (i.e., history and/or origin) and pronunciation.