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is January, one of the hardest months for the New England gardener.
Even intrepid veterans know that
it will be months before the
time comes to plant indoor seeds under special grow lights in
the basement. The torment grows
daily as the seed catalogs arrive
one by one. Burpee, White Flower
Farm, Jackson & Perkins...I
have them all. My husband has
commented more than once that
he didn't know one person could
inhabit so many mailing lists.
In the last few weeks I have poured over each and every picture,
bending page tops and taking notes over what colors and plants
I want to see bloom where icicles now hang. I have spent hours
cutting photos from Architectural Digest magazine and
meshing them with those of the National Arboretum. I astonish
myself with the impressive results which I never bothered to
write down. I then summed up the total cost of my live plants,
seeds, bare-root roses, and tree saplings as I prepared to
write 17 different checks. What? It can't be $1,712.43 plus
Obviously I need a better plan. In fact, I could use any
plan except the I-like-the-color-where-can-I-plunk-it system
I have employed for the last 2 years. Heavens knows it hasn't
been terribly effective so far, except to feed the rabbits.
(No one ever told me furry bunnies like crocuses.) It's taken
me a few years to admit it, but I need to do some serious research
and goal setting.
My first attempt at gardening was pretty much try and fail,
with emphasis on the latter. We'd bought the house in a January
when everything was covered in snow, and I had The Grand Plan
of putting in walkways and arbors and trellises and fences
and herb gardens, while tearing out old ragged stick plants
that appeared half-dead upon first inspection. In the end,
I planted just two 'Peace' roses that year, and let the rest
of the "stuff" just grow. Hey, who knew seasonal changes could
convert a mass of wimpy sticks into a delightful honeysuckle
In March 2000, just 2 months after our house purchase, the
wonderful Janet Evans of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
published an elegant reference article in Searcher simply
entitled "Gardening Resources on the Web." Of course, know-it-all
me didn't bother reading the article until October, after my
roses barely survived and everything else had died from slugs,
overexposure, or weevils. If I had, well! On the other hand,
Y2K was a pretty good year. My spring investment only reached
$78 and change. Imagine the travesty and carnage if I'd decided
to implement both Phase I and II that year!
The next spring arrived, and with it great dreams of My First
Year of Living Color. After all, look at all I'd learned about
plant types. I foresaw mounds of red and pinks to the left
of the blue patches, and rows of puffy yellow blobs to the
far right behind the green lumps. Though I didn't know exactly
which plants to pick, I had the color schemes all set in my
mind. I knew when to water and which books to read and where
to buy seeds. So I sent away for another $150 worth of plants
and happily ensconced those where the colors would look just
I soon learned that planting 6-foot cosmos in front of the
10-inch daisies looks a bit silly (apparently size really does
matter). White iceberg phlox blooms in July and peach tulips
in May. My contrasting colors weren't working in synch. The
good news is that I'm a cheery person, able to take such revelations
in stride. After all, cosmos are annuals as long as you snip
the seed pods off before they spread to every part of your
lawn in a way that makes the dandelions look like shrinking
violets. And please don't ask how I learned that lesson,
Back to the books. Surely the behemoth wall of tomes at the
local bookstore could provide assistance. But my goodness,
which one to choose? There were more manuscripts on Feng Shui
than Willy Wonka has chocolate bars. Ever the practical engineer,
my husband suggested that I purchase a regional landscaping
manual and read about garden plans before I spent much more
money on experiments. This narrowed the selection to just over
80. I stopped counting after seeing Spanish Phrases for
Landscaping Professionals. My research path had more potholes
In desperation, I called my sister-in-law, Karen, a member
of a local garden club and someone who actually uses those
Latin terms. This knowledgeable lady had a practical piece
of advice I had not considered: Figure out what type of garden
I really wanted. Did the idea of a formal setting with trimmed
hedges and topiaries sound appealing? Or would I find the tussy-mussy
English garden arrangement more practical for my lifestyle?
Speaking of style, what about my house style? Cape Cod homes
tend to maintain a less-rigid layout than Georgian manors.
Once I knew what appealed to me, I could establish a landscaping
plan and stick to it.
Excellent advice. Back to Ms. Evans' article and the
lead called Garden History links [http://www.magma.ca/%7Eevb/garden.html].
It certainly is a well-organized list by geography and by brief
subject. I found links to the gardens at the Biltmore Estate,
the Hearst Castle, and even the Hancock Shaker Village Farm.
From there I explored. All throughout a Nor'easter (AKA blizzard)
that raged one winter day in Western Massachusetts, I clicked
link after link...after link...after link. The lights only
dimmed once, and the DSL kept pumping pictures and plans to
my desktop. I stopped only when the CD-ROM burner screamed
in agony from overload; otherwise I never changed out of my
flannel pj's. I soon lost track of my original purpose landscape
plans and started dreaming of the possibility of managing
a botanical garden one day with thousands of plant species
and millions of visitors.
The number of cool Web sites is on the increase, and a few
are getting multimedia, adding sounds, 3-D images, and 360-degree
tours. My quest progressed far beyond the "landscaping plans" I
had initially sought, moving instead to general garden tours.
Many sites I ended up bookmarking were for the overall effect.
I contacted about five over the phone, and two by e-mail; each
provided me with either colorful brochures or suggestions of
materials to read. Some places were fascinating for the location
and the views, in countries I had not anticipated. In a few,
I discovered that the language was not compatible with my mental
understanding, regardless of which fonts were installed on
my computer. I have included select ones for the interested,
with a note about the language issues. Here is a selected listing
from my tour Around the Planetary World in 80 Hours of Surfing.
The Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney [http://www.rbgsyd.gov.au] consist
of three separate garden features in a single location each
simply stunning for anyone who has not ventured Down Under.
First established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution
in the country and home to such rare varieties as the Wollemi
pine. There are only 38 of these trees in existence, and scientists
believe a few may date back to before the Roman Empire. Be
sure to check out the photos on the rich aboriginal plants
that once flourished where the streets of Sydney now lie. The
Mount Annan Botanic Garden site has several landscaping management
plans available in the marked sections on the site.
Moving southwest to Canberra, the Australian National
Botanic Gardens [http://www.anbg.gov.au/anbg/index.html] have
a less graphic-intensive Web site for easier downloading.
The links are divided into clear categories such as photographs,
maps, plant names, and each includes a delightfully detailed
bibliography. Most pictures are just digitized shots of the
plants, pleasant to look at but not helpful when designing
a home gardening scheme. Of particular interest to some,
however, may be the section concerning which animals roost
in the eucalyptus trees, including the Ogmograptis scribulam,
or the scribbly gum moth, as it is better known. And the
dragons. One mustn't forget the inhabitants of the lower
Tasmania may be best known for the devilish cartoon
character drawn by Warner Brothers Inc. If you visit the gardens,
you may see an actual devil. They look a bit more like an angry
black pig than a whirling dust cloud, so be warned. Located
to the southeast of the nearby Australian continent, the island
houses a considerable number of gardens. The Bernawarra
Gardenspecializes in perennials, ground covers, rhododendrons,
hydrangeas, clematis, and over 200 roses, while Bowthorpe accompanies
a Georgian homestead with English oaks and elms along the streets.
The Bernawarra site [http://www.view.com.au/gardens/index.html] simply
has no pictures whatsoever, but I did call the people one evening
for a brochure. It took several weeks to arrive, but the glossy
pages were lovely.
Unlike much of the northern U.S., Australia does not have
many low-temperature areas or seasons. Therefore, gardens that
flourish in the cooler climates have different types of plants,
including more varieties of bedding ivy. The Ballarat Botanical
Gardens [http://www.ballaratbotanicalgardens.com] have
produced a massive and lush Web site dedicated to showing off
its marble statues and thick green vegetation. The North gardens
house a zoo, while swans feed on the South Garden lawns near
the Trout Hatchery. The work that goes into the creation of
the floral clock is well-timed. Individual maps of the various
garden sections provide detailed photographs. My only disappointment
came from not being able to enlarge the photographs.
The National Botanic Garden of Belgium [http://www.br.fgov.be] site
allows browsing in three different languages. Located just
outside of Brussels in the small village of Meise, the garden's
history dates back to 1788. The wide variety of nonnative plants
is astonishing magnolias, Japanese maple-trees, and
even a giant sequoia. A colorful interactive map requires a
new browser window, and it does fill up more than the average
monitor screen. Printing is a messy option, so bookmark the
site for later reference. Interested conference planners may
even book the Bouchout Castle for meetings and other social
The URL is as simple as the name: Botanique. Just
No more words are needed. This site is my favorite, not only
for the Resources links to organizations and publications,
but also for the portal of more than 2,300 botanical gardens
and nature sites in North America. Choose the state or province
of interest for a list, or choose the map option if suddenly
the location of Ottawa has escaped the memory (psst Ontario).
Not all the gardens listed have Web sites, and a rare few are
defunct. Most secondary sites are bilingual, though not all.
But ahhh the variety!
If headed to the far west reaches of Canada, the province
of British Columbia offers up a true treasure on 55 acres.
The Butchart Gardens [http://www.butchartgardens.com] have
existed since 1904 when a pioneer in the Portland cement industry
exhausted the quarry by his house. His enterprising wife convinced
him that tons of top soil could be placed on the old spot,
creating the area known as the Sunken Garden. By the 1920s,
more than 50,000 people came to visit each year and the gardens
have been open to the public ever since. Over 1 million plants
from 700 varieties are used for beds each year all annuals.
And yes, you can even buy a video.
"With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars,
10 exhibition greenhouses, some 30 thematic gardens, and teams
of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal
Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world's largest and
most spectacular botanical gardens." So says the site at http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/e/menu.htm.
Clicking on the Gardens & Greenhouses button brought up
a very interactive map along with several drop-down menus.
Users with QuickTime can view 360 degree panoramic views of
the lilac gardens in full bloom, the Orchids and Aroids Conservatory,
and even the Garden of Innovations. Relax, those are just the
new trends in landscaping, such as rock formations, not computers
set out to pasture!
When gardeners retire, is Vancouver one of their hot destination
stops? With places such as the VanDusen Botanical Garden
it would hardly be a surprise. People can rent the facilities;
they have plenty of family activities, and yet the site has
over 7,500 different plants on 55 acres. The Rhododendron Walk
was designed to show up how the plants relate, while the Sino
Himalayan Garden bring the Asian world far closer to the touch.
Amazing, since the garden only began development in 1971.
Originally formed in 1904, the National Forest Park of
Athalassa now covers over 2,000 acres. Over 500 trees,
shrubs, and herbs have been recorded in the area, 12 of them
endemic. There is a network of clearly marked trails to walk
and plenty of flora to investigate. Be sure to click through
to the Machairas Trails [http://www.cyprus-nature-trails.com],
for shots of the rare plant, strictly protected by the Bern
Convention, called Lefka Astragalus (Astragalus macrocarpus ssp. lefkarensis).
Then there is Spring in Northern Cyprus [http://elpinto.free.fr/uk/cyprus/rock.htm].
It is not clear who sponsors this Web site, but we must thank
whoever it is. This virtual tour of Cyprus presents a wonderful
impression of this Mediterranean island. Pages cover the coast
and dunes, grasses, 'I Fioretti' (the little flowers), echium
and allieds, walls and rocks, St. Hilarion cabbages, anemones
and ranunculus, ophrys, orchis and serapias, bulbs and tubers,
gladiolus, ferula (and other Apiaceae), cistus and rockroses,
common shrubs, exceptional shrubs, pear trees and other Rosaceae,
seeds and other vegetalia, and a picture index. The main site
is French, but someone named Pierre Mercan has translated it
into English. Merci!
The Finland Forest [http://www.forest.fi/] provides
a glimpse into a world not often explored by gardeners: trees.
It might sound silly until one considers the sheer volume of
trees in this country. The site handles multiple languages,
including English. Those with higher connection speeds may
want to click on the wolf picture in the left frame. The new
window launched provides a virtual excursion through the forest
during the snow season.
The Ballyfin House is a magnificent example of the
type of architecture that went into some of the greatest houses
in Ireland built during the 1800s. It is said to be the finest
sandstone neo-classical house dating from that period in Ireland.
An architect by the name of William Morrison was involved in
designing the original house in the late 1700s. When Sir Charles
Coote bought the house and estate in 1812, he brought the architect
Richard Morrison to redesign and rebuild the original house.
For coverage, go to http://laois.local.ie/content/45433.shtml/
The North County Longford, including the Granard area,
has some interesting botanical features, many only discovered
in recent years by amateur botanists. The main features include
forest and lakelands, but there are also many old, undeveloped
meadows. Derrycassan Wood has a great variety of plant life,
even though it is mainly coniferous forest, and Lough Kinale
has most of the species of plant life found around other midland
lakes. The Ballywillan area, where the disused railway exists,
is also a good source of plant life. To learn about plants
growing in the Granard area that are rare or absent from the
midlands, go to http://longford.local.ie/content/825.shtml/
This Web site [http://ddand.homestead.com/index.html] contains
a gallery of photographs of wild flowering plants found in
the Maltese Islands.Each series of pictures is sorted
by family (heather, pea, cabbage, honeysuckle, etc.), but has
little more than close-ups shots with some interesting background
features. The link marked "info" does not focus on landscaping
or plants, but on the islands themselves: "The Maltese Archipelago
consists of a group of small, low-lying islands located in
the middle of the Mediterranean sea, about 96 km to the south
of Sicily, and 290 km to the north of the Libyan coast." So
why go to this site? Ahh, the daisies!
The 240 acres of the Lal Bagh Gardens form one of
India's most beautiful botanical gardens. Originally designed
in the 18th century by the ruler Hyder Ali and his son Tipu
Sultan, the design came not from India, but from other lands
such as France, Afghanistan, and Persia. It is located in the
southern suburbs of Bangladore and holds some of the oldest
rock formations on the Earth "believed to be more than
3,000 million years old." Be sure to investigate the Flower
Clock, an actual working timepiece measuring 21 feet across
and decorated with many flower forms in different colors. Find
the garden on the Web at
Citing itself as an index to the botanical gardens of Mexico,
not comprehensive, but well-assembled. Each sublink has a complete
description of the site, history, and contents, and all in
English. When known, a link to the home page for the garden
is posted. Be sure to investigate the rest of the Eco-Travels Web
site for more Mexican information. I hope that this represents
a work in progress, as more listings by the journalist-founder
would be ideal.
Heading to Los Cabos anytime soon? Stop by the Gardens
of Huerta Verde at http://www.lovemexico.com/page14.html for
a long cool drink on the lush, tropical, shade-covered porches
during the afternoon siesta. There's even a chapel on the
grounds for reflections, prayers and sometimes marriages.
The site claims to be always in bloom with varieties of bougainvillea,
hibiscus, gardenia, jasmine, aloe vera, cactus, coconut palm,
and papaya. Unfortunately, the snapshot images do not easily
enlarge for clarity.
Love Solanaceae? These plants, known in a variety of forms
such as herbs, shrubs, or trees, comprise about 85 genera and
2,800 species. The Botanical Garden of Nijmegen [http://www-bgard.sci.kun.nl/] specialize
in these plants and even hold world conferences about them.
At present, its slide collection consists of more than 6,000
images. These include, but are not limited to, chile peppers,
Dutch-German potatoes, and various tomato strains. Do not pass
up the chance to see the Eggplant genetics resources network.
While it does not have the vast number of photographs as
the Nijmegen's site, the Utrecht Botanic Gardens
a greater variety of plants. Not all sections of the site
are in English, and it would certainly behoove the surfer
to know the proper Latin names when looking for specific
plants. Focusing on topics of cultivation and propagation
information, the site does not post large photographs of
its overall theme and landscaping. Shame. I would love to
have seen all the varieties of Jack-in-the-pulpit in their
If you speak the language, you will find the site full of
details. Or so I have been told by a colleague at work who
spent the summer working there as an intern. Everyone else
can surf the site to find shots of rippling streams, winter
trees, and the rock gardens. The PDF documents often contain
more details not posted on the site but all in Portuguese. Jardins,
Espaços Verdes e Lagos
the home page title.
Where to start? I truly believe this is some of the most
stunning though stark landscapes on Earth. Rugged in terrain
and steeped in history, the gardens reflect the pride these
people take in their ancestry. There are several places to
view, the first one being the residences of South West Scotland
(the Lowlands). Here you can find the Logan Botanic Gardens,
Glenwhan Garden, and the 75 acres of Castle Kennedy,
which lies between two lochs. While the Castle does not seem
to carry its own site, be sure to browse the Garden Lover's
Guide for the descriptions at http://www.cossescountryhouse.com/gardens.html.
Strath of Garry, in Pitlochryin, county of Perthshire,
dates back 700 years, before the discovery of North America.
It has not had an easy history due to its geographical location
at the edge of a mountain pass. The most recent gardens [http://www.blair-castle.co.uk] have
been under constant development throughout the last 300 years
and now span more than 25,000 acres. Some areas, such as the
Hercules garden, are being restored to their original designs
of the mid-1800s; this estimated completion is still some years
The last stop is, of course, the Highlands. More than 600
years old, Cawdor Castle [http://www.cawdorcastle.com/] boasts
a fully-restored residence and three full gardens. If the name
seems familiar, it rightly should. William Shakespeare romantically
linked it to Macbeth, and it remains home to the Cawdor family
to this day. Acres of heather and other wildflowers bobble
happily; visitors may contact the Castle regarding special
Originally founded in 1822, the Singapore Botanical Gardens were
closed in 1829 for an unknown reason, but later reopened by
an Agri-Horticultural Society and then handed to the government
for upkeep. At latest count, the gardens cover more than 100
acres. The site provides general information, although the
lack of pictures was disappointing. Clicking on the miniscule
white font in the tiny mint green border near the top of the
screen at http://www.nparks.gov.sg/ provides
links to alternative sites plus quick samples of the trees
found in the gardens. Contact them for brochures, but be sure
to specify which language!
If the rains in Spain stayed mainly on the plains, these
gardens in Andalucia [http://www.andalucia.com/gardens/home.htm] would
never exist. Located on the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula,
bumping up against the Mediterranean Sea, the various gardens
specialize in flower pots and container gardening. Windowsills
are also a popular venue for expanding color beyond the ground
level. Sevilla, Cordoba, Malaga...all have links to this one
portal. Marbella had the best pictures, although one must click
through several levels to find the external links.
The Bergianska Tradgarden [http://www.bergianska.se],
also known as the Bergius Botanical Garden, holds events every
month throughout the year. There is a connection to the University
of Stockholm; its best if visitors browse through the site.
English is not an option, but the pictures are lovely.
A slightly less complex site with constantly changing graphics
is the Göteborg Botanical Garden
Sweden's west coast. Consisting of more than 430 acres, it
was conceived and planned by the municipality of Göteborg
in the early 1900s as a botanical garden with an emphasis
on horticulture. The Palm House is known for its international
plants and is only one of the few greenhouses built in the
Victorian Period that remains in Europe today.
On occasion, higher-education facilities may house a garden
complex or larger greenhouse. But three separate gardens of
historical note? That is the situation at Uppsala University,
home to the Botanical Garden, Linnaeus' Hammarby, and Linnaeus'
Guided tours are available, and while pictures on the Web are
scarce, the map of the garden provides great detail based on
the historical layout. The Linnaeus Garden, for example, uses
a 1745 layout by the professor of the same name who started
in medicine and eventually became responsible for the garden,
altering its design from its initial 1653 form.
Conservatoire & Botanical Garden of the City of Geneva (Conservatoire
et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève) [http://wwwcjb.unige.ch] is
a site with most of the information en Français.
However, a quick historical translation reveals that the gardens
are more than 175 years old, dating back to the mid-19th century.
The library has an online catalogue as well as a detailed description
of the archives. Interlibrary loan is also a possibility, although
staff cannot tell you how many items are not in French. Sorry,
there are no photos on the site, but the resources are too
good to omit mentioning. Certainly a site to bookmark for later
Le Jardin botanique de Porrentruy[http://www.jura.ch/lcp/jardin/home.html) contains
more than 800 species of flowers, including 80 roses and 180
members of the iris family. Since Switzerland is a neutral
country, the history and plants extend back more than 200 years
with limited wartime damage. There is only a very small, nondetailed
map on the site for those interested in the layout of this
estate's garden, with detailed photographs only from various
angles. Be sure to follow the directional arrows in the lower
left side of the browser to view all possible photographs.
For iris lovers, this is a place worthy of a spring visit.
When one considers U.K. gardens, inevitably the stereotypical
English style comes to mind. Cottage Gardens certainly dominate; Graham's
Paradise Garden [http://www.maigold.co.uk/] bills
itself as a "cottage garden in the middle of a city," and is
little more than someone's backyard posted on the Web for all
to view. There is no room for any grass to grow and plants
seem to jumble all together in a pleasant disarray. A very
cute listing with little real appeal except for the National
Garden Schemes sublink detailing which 3,600+ gardens are open
to the public each year. With airfares so low, this seems a
marvy time to just pop over the pond. Just don't forget to
bring a raincoat.
The queen of the U.K. sites is also one at the very top of
my bookmark list. Arrogant in its description, the Information
Gardens site [http://www.information-gardens.co.uk/] claims
that "the gardens of Britain are quite rightly lauded as amongst
the best in the world" and so they feature "those that are
open to the general public...seasonal gardens, historic gardens,
impressive parklands, period gardens, cottage gardens, and
even garden museums." The site is simply divided by County,
so be sure to have an atlas ready as the site offers no maps.
Start your tour of English gardens here, and no other portal
listing may be necessary!
Back to My Garden
Please note that I have listed no U.S. sites; to this end,
I submit the following Web portal http://www.botanique.com and
suggest the adventurous click through wherever their hearts
desire based on their personal location. If it appears familiar,
well see Canada above.
And for the curious people who have read this far, the informal
layout design suits my purpose and housing situation. It also
suits my haphazard budget, which I swear I will get straightened
out next year. After all, who can pass up the idea of planting
the lovely ivy I encountered in Montreal (it'll look great
next to the front steps) and then there's the tulips from the
Netherlands (two shades of yellow, to the left of the rustic
wheelbarrow), and I just saw some bearded iris bulbs in blue
variegated for sale....
Interested in knowing more about professional landscaping
techniques? Any Web search engine will pull up lots
of companies specializing in the field, each with its
own version of promotional ads. Don't want pesticides
around the little children or pets?
Less-Lawn [http://www.lesslawn.com] is
accurately named. The idea is simple: creating sustainable
landscapes with as few chemicals as possible. To quote
directly from the "About Us" page, "Our techniques
tend heavily toward low-maintenance, organic, and wildlife-friendly...we
go out of our way to avoid chemical pesticides, herbicides,
and fertilizers, as well as engine noise, fumes, and
Under the techniques section, a user will find guidance
on edging beds, mulching for less money, and how to
propagate plants without a lot of fuss.
For those who want some help on actual plans rather
than just words and advice, check out the area marked
Designs. Native grasses are discussed, as are the options
for tree group plantings, building a pond, and how
to get rid of those nasty taproot plants such as dandelions.
Depending on the browser, some JPGs may not work; drop
the Webmaster an e-mail for those items.
GARDEN PLANNING RESOURCES
Better Homes & Gardens (the Big One)
Flowers, bulbs, plans, projects ... there are more
than 25 detailed plans to browse here, complete with
a plant listing of colors, sizes, and the number to
purchase. The user has to figure out where to get the
actual plants and if the items will fit into a particular
climate zone. Registered members of BHG can access
an online Plan-A-Garden feature. I highly recommend
registering (use an alias name if desired) to test
the product. If it appears useful, don't waste computer
time and frustration on a basic system. Go to your
local computer store and check out the following software
packages, the details of which I shamelessly copied
from their marketing people.
3-D Home Landscape Designer
Features include a virtual image of the home, 3-demensional
objects such as gazebos, fences, and lighting, an extensive
plant encyclopedia, and ways to view the exterior either
at night or during the daylight hours.
Multimedia 2000 $34.99
Features include four CD-ROMS, a plant care calendar,
and more than 650 color photos and illustrations. While
I haven't beta-tested this product, it claims to have
zoom levels, rotation, and seasonal views.
Master Landscape & Home Design
Punch! Software $59.99
A combination program to please the architect and
landscaper both, this super-system consists of nine
separate programs for home planning as well as landscape
design. Use the climate zone system to find plants
perfect for your region, and even include your own
pictures for accuracy. A fast CD-ROM drive speed is
highly, highly recommended.
Complete LandDesigner 3D Design Collection
Sierra Home $69.99
Considered by many the top product for the price,
the system houses 84 already professionally designed
landscapes, thousands of ready-made objects such as
fountains, statues, and furniture, and a suite of systems
for house, garden, and even deck plans. The marketing
department claims to have "comprehensive information" on
plants and gardening. You cannot buy the software from
the site itself any longer. Check with your local computer
stores about availability or similar programs.
Tara Breton's e-mail
address is firstname.lastname@example.org