Organizations using Plants Map

There are some pretty cool organizations using Plants Map and I thought I’d make a list of many of them and will occasionally update this. I’m going to try to figure out how to sort this by number of plants. Right now it appears that my query is randomly pulling the list.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
West End Florist and Garden Center
Albemarle Garden Club
Dumont Shade Tree Commission
Pocahontas Chapter Virginia Master Naturalists
The Seed Keeper Company
Estel Wenrick Wetlands Nature Preserve
Forevermore Gardens
Arlington Regional Master Naturalists
Weeks Roses
Northern Lehigh High School Native Species Garden
ABC Plants
Vander Veer Botanical Park
The Ahimsa Project
Marcia Donahue’s Garden
The Farm
Three Sisters Community Garden
Historic Woodlawn Cemetery & Arboretum
City of Edinburg, Texas
Jackson County Master Gardener Association
Thomas Harrison Middle School
Tricycle Gardens
Modern Mia Gardening
Cape Horn-Skye Elementary
Ivette’s Garden
UpShoot LLC
My Bageecha!
All-America Selections
Fulshear Parks and Recreation
Northern District Extension Forestry Program
VCU Community Garden
The Trees Film
McKinley Elementary School
Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
Friends of Historic Linthicum Walks
Friends of Clifton Park
Schodack Island State Park
Tree Fredericksburg
National Garden Bureau
Lake Washington School District
Olsen’s Discount Nurseries
Elizabeth Holmes Hurley Park
Phyllis E. Galanti Memorial Arboretum
Power Planter
City of Evansville, IN
Maker’s Mark Distillery
Growing My Dinner
San Bernadino Valley Municipal Water District
Punta Mona
Huron Centennial Public School
Conrad Weiser Site
Meredith College Arboretum
Hightstown Homes
Santa Ana College
Morton Hall Gardens
Centralia Foundation Park
Chickahominy Woods Townhouses Association
Virginia Master Naturalists
Warwick Valley Central School District
Graceland Cemetery
Roanoke Valley Chapter Virginia Master Naturalists
Laguna Audubon 2
National Botanic Garden
Appalachian State
McCallan Gardens
Fraser’s Thimble Farms
Cedar Creek Gardens
Windmill Island Gardens
Backyard Abundance
City of Maize
Hermitage Museum & Gardens
Friends School Plant Sale
Cochran Mill Park
Hill Monarch B&B
Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center
Brigham Young University
Edible Dubuque
Elkhart True Value Lumber with Garden Center & Greenhouse
Helen’s Garden Angels
Discovery Charter School
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University
Blue Ridge School
Land-grant Programs at the University of the District of Columbia
Mayflower Middle School
PWC EcoPark
Covenant Woods
Redeemer Nature Gardens
Prairie Nursery
University of Puget Sound
WMS Girl Scout Troop 318
Park Ridge Green Team
Rochester Civic Garden Center
Riverine Master Naturalists
River Ridge Institute
Kerith House
Friends of North Creek Forest
American Horticultural Society
Reynolds Community College
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Community Trail
The Butchart Gardens
The Braehead Society
The Root
Eagle Scout Tags
Friends of Coldstream Park
Dr. Allan Armitage
Hillen Tree Lot
Gagas Garden
Garden in Delight
The Doctor Yum Project
Lamberton Conservatory
Reed Park Butterfly Waystation
University of Mary Washington
Roses Inc. Green Country
Ironweed Apparel
The Gardens at Kansas State University
ACES Cullman County Extension
Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden
Titan Research and Eco Expedition
Authentic Haven Brand
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Everything Herbal
Copper Mountain College
Garrido’s Landscaping
Botanical Interests
PCA Outdoor Classroom
Washington Urban Forestry Council
American Bonsai Society
Trevor Grade School Garden
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Monk Botanical Garden
Bethesda Chevy Chase Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America
Beagle Ridge Herb Farm and Environmental Education Center
Fairview Greenhouses & Garden Center
Meadowview Biological Research Station
Peebles Island State Park
Rady Park Arboretum
Havenwood Farm and Gardens
Los Medanos California Native Nature Preserve
Queen’s University Arboretum
Clover Bottom Mansion
South Fork Natural History Museum – SoFo
Trees Atlanta
GardenQuest – The Gardening Game
The Freckled Rose
Faulkner County Master Gardeners
Lynnhaven River NOW
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Daniel Boone Native Gardens
Tahoma Audubon Society
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Cecil College
Belle Isle’s Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
City of Waxahachie Texas
Hidden Lane Residential Landscapes
Corona Tools
Cramer’s Backyard Nursery
Fauquier/Rappahannock VCE Master Gardeners Association
Cypress Gardens Butterfly House
Roxbury Farm & Garden Center
Bilowz Associates
Encinitas Community Garden
George Mason University
Arbor Day Foundation
Norcross Discovery Garden Park
Louisa Herb Guild
Feeding Neighbors
Johnson County Park and Recreation District
Kingwood Center Gardens
Volunteer Gardens Ottawa
Freedom Middle School
Parker Hill Nature Trail
St. Ann’s Academy
Kingsville Texas Parks & Recreation
Goochland-Powhatan Master Gardeners Educational Gardens
Kolomoki Mounds
Cedar County Extension Office
Grelen Nursery
Green Earth
Grassroots Gardens WNY
Louisburg College
America in Bloom
Nature Hills Nursery
Florida Tech Botanical Garden
Stage Nature Center
Google Kirkland Campus
Hardy Fern Foundation
ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
Southeast Region of the American Conifer Society
B. Stebbins Memorial Park
LED Habitats
Mississippi Champion Tree Program
Issac Walton League Nature Trail
Master Gardener Association of the Central Rappahannock Area
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Greenhouse
Conifer Kingdom
Grow Milkweed Plants
Guernsey Memorial Library
East Washington Heights Baptist Church
Michigan Big Tree Program
Plants Map
Dirty Nails Gardening
Sustainable Horticultural Environments
Spartanburg Community College Arboretum
Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas
Hanahan Butterfly and Pollinator Garden
River Farm
Williamsburg Botanical Garden at Freedom Park
Pioneer Park Rain Garden
Orange Elementary School
East Tennessee State University Arboretum
University of Hawaii at Manoa Arboretum
Wissahickon Environmental Center
Century West Management Inc.
Wycliffe Golf & Country Club
Frostburg State University
Harvest Nursery
University Heights Arts Association
Pine Hollow Nurseries
Williamsburg Botanical Garden
West Valley Water District
City of Allen Parks and Recreation Department
Heatherwood Garden
JRE Outdoor Classroom
Gari Melchers Home & Studio Restored Gardens
American Littoral Society-DelBay
Warrnambool Botanic Gardens
Marble Gardens
Lafayette Wetlands Partnership
Creative Living and Growing with Bren
Rialto Unified School District ” “Heritage Citrus Groves”
Sycamore Hill Gardens
Fletch’s Garden Products
Booker T. Washington Park Bog Garden
Readington Township, New Jersey
Clark College
Canyon Ranch Institute Healthy Garden at Canyon Ranch
Shade Tree Advisory Committee of Fairview Park
City Garden Montessori School
Revolutionary Gardens
Village of Gridley, IL
Green Infrastructure Center Inc.
Colesville Nursery
Nationwide Home Office Campus
Forest Hill Nature Center
American Conifer Society
Blooma Tree Experts
The Virginia Flower & Garden Expo
Shoreline Garden Club
Country Club of Virginia
Thornhill Nursery
Center for Resilient Cities
Captiva Civic Association
Allen Centennial Garden
Beecher Hill Farms
The Garden Coalition
Barbara Collins Arboretum
Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
Knox Hartford
Nazareth College
Cossey Botanical Park Arboretum
Barwon Edge Boathouse
Huntsville Botanical Garden
SID 437 Quail Hollow Park
Salem Church Library
Snow’s Garden Center
Texas A&M Forest Service
Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk
Willcox Watershed Conservancy
Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens
Gardens By Teresa
Earthscapes – Rare Succulents
Ross NW Watergardens
Wilder Creek Conservation Club
Vancouver Water Resources Education Center
Keyport GardenWalk
Capital Area Master Gardeners (CAMG)
Fenner Nature Center
Visit Spotsy
Northeast Region of the American Conifer Society
Habitat Hero
Alliance for Public Gardens GIS
Elgin High School Environmental Science
Southern Heights Food Forest
Woodlands Garden
Groundwork RVA
Fargo Estate Neighborhood Association Gardens
Japanese Garden in Delaware Park
Ashe County Parks and Recreation
Glenwood Cemetery
Downtown Greens
Pine Mountain Settlement School
The Oxford Garden Club
Mountain Kids Summer Adventure Camps
South Arkansas Community College
Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
George Washington Foundation
3 Petal Food Forest
Ogden’s End Community Garden
Historic Elmwood Cemetery
Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library
The Scarlet Flower – Vessel Gardens
Chastain Park
The Urban Farmer Store
Chapel Hill Garden Tour
Nicholas Newlin Foundation
Owasso Seventh Grade Center
Brandon Taylor’s Eagle Project Troop 234
City of Marshall, MI
Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens
Washington College
Monan Farm-Plant&Garden Q&A-Idea Share_Central VA
Wellfield Botanic Gardens
The Clearing
Trees for the Future
Williamsburg Botanical Garden
Hibernia County Park
Villa Manuela
Pu’u Kukui Elementary School
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground
Louis Calder Center
Rockhorse Park at Horse Ranch
Edible Garden at Mt. Washington Elementary School
William C. Coker Garden
Lake Anna Nursery
Pass the Pistil
Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary
73 Tyler Street GrassRoots Community Garden
Palmetto Middle School
Look Up Virginia! Utility-Friendly Trees
Old House Vineyards
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum
Ferrum College Natural Sciences
Spotsylvania Greenways Initiative
El Paseo Community Garden
Randolph-Macon College
Master Gardeners of the Ozarks
High Meadows School & Camp
Kigi Nursery
The Gardens at Heather Farm
Kalmbach Memorial Park
Alta Vista Botanical Garden
Chesterfield County
USA National Phenology Network
Austin Peay State University Botanical Garden
John Brown University
More Than Oregano
Bloomin’ Easy Plant Collection
Fredericksburg Virginia Parks & Recreation
Dubois Community Park
Old Rag Master Naturalists
Stevens Park
Headwaters Master Naturalists
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Lake Anna State Park
Keeler Gardens
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Lower School
Grow For Your Neighbor
Virginia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation
New Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council
Prairie Moon Nursery
Brushwood Nursery
Friends of the Rappahannock
Trail End State Historic Site
Virginia Big Tree Program
Amanda’s Garden
The Garden Club of Michigan
My Grow Connect
Fernan STEM Academy
Botanica Wichita
City of Bay Village
Granite Ridge Builders
Garden Walk Buffalo
Master Nursery Garden Centers
The Cherokee Garden at Green Meadows Preserve
San Francisco Art Institute
Canines For Conservation
Keep North Charleston Beautiful
Fredericksburg Area Iris
Memory Park – Montgomery
Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County
UMN|LA Students + Faculty
University of Central Florida
The Storm King School
Storvick Farms LLC
California College of the Arts

QR Codes In The Garden

Here at Plants Map we have over 160 universities, botanical gardens and other users scanning QR codes every day on tens of thousands of plants around the world.

A QR code is simply an image of a block of text and in our case, that block of text is a URL to a page we host for a specific plant.

There is no magic to a QR code. The beauty of the technology is that the codes can be read with any one of hundreds of free or paid apps available for multiple mobile devices and operating systems.

There is a great book called “QR Codes Kills Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, and Drive Your Business into the Ground” and it gives hundreds of examples of why QR Codes have a bad reputation.

We see these bad use cases all of the time and many of us are just so used to QR Codes being used incorrectly that we don’t even think about scanning one anymore. Codes on moving vehicles, billboards and in places where they are impossible to scan because something is blocking part of the code. Most of the bad QR Codes were just poor decisions taken by the marketing department that decided to use them in the first place.

Millions of QR codes are used in manufacturing every day. There is a real utility behind the code where it is used to identify a part or count items as they ship. You get the idea. I don’t need to explain how that could be useful.

One of the biggest problems I see with QR codes generally is that the content that you view after you scan a code is either not worth seeing in the first place or in the case of a web page, the site you land on is not mobile friendly. Once you experience that a couple of times, why would you scan another one?

Plants Map Tag

Plants Map Tag

Our tags are used to quickly get to a web page for a specific plant on a mobile-friendly website where the user then can add notes and photos in one or two clicks to keep their records. In an urban forestry environment, where there might be 60,000 trees and 12,500 of them are Acer rubrum, what other solution is out there to quickly find the exact Acer rubrum you are measuring, pruning, watering, observing, photographing or documenting?

We are working with a farm that grows several thousand trees – all of the same genus and species. They will scan a QR code, unique to each tree to identify the exact tree they are picking and using the mobile website to track fruit yield on each tree.

If the QR Code goes to a page that has a useful function, QR Codes are very helpful.

We are experimenting with other types of sensor technology for large indoor growing operations and possibly for Plants Map signs and tagging in the future, but those tech solutions require special equipment not available to most consumers.

In 2012, Comscore found that 97% of smartphone owners didn’t even know what a QR Code was so you think they know the meaning of NFC, BLE or RFID or Beacons? Apps are out of the question as the latest research shows that outside of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest the rest get no usage after only a couple of days. (Not to mention the continual cost of updating them for every operating device as they update their operating systems.)

We decided on a mobile-friendly website and QR Codes are just one way to access the deep-linked plant pages while out in the landscape.

QR Codes are open source and nothing special is needed to create them and the programming to build a reader is available for free.

Here is an offer. Sign up and add a plant to and then visit the “tag” page and request a free sample tag for the plant you just created. We’ll send you one in a couple of days. When you get it, scan that QR Code and take a look at the mobile-friendly website and all of the options to add notes, information and photos or to quickly share that plant on social media.

Our goal here at Plants Map is not to be a “tag” company but to connect people with plants in any way we can. If you have other ideas that we can build into our free site, please share and we’ll see what we can do.

What is the best way to label plants and trees?

Plants Map Interactive Plant and Tree Identification Signs

Plants Map Tags connect people to plants.
It’s really that simple.

When Tracy and I moved to New York in 2006 I brought along a potted Dawn Redwood seedling that she got for free because she was a member at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Alabama.

At the time I didn’t appreciate how magnificent these trees are but as the 12″ twig quickly outgrew the pot and within one season had grown to almost three feet tall. It grew and it grew vigorously! I was hooked.

Since either a camera or my iPhone was always in my pocket and the tree was planted just off the corner of our patio I would photograph it regularly. I would post the pictures randomly to either Flickr, Picasa, Twitter or Facebook. I’m guessing that in just those few years, this particular Dawn Redwood probably became the most photographed of its genus and species in the world.

Today, I don’t have any photos easily accessible so that I can include a picture of that Dawn Redwood in this blog post.

I could probably dig back through my old social media accounts to find a shot but it would be mixed in with literally thousands of posts across multiple social media platforms.

THAT IS THE PROBLEM! I had documented this tree with my camera for several years as it grew from a tiny seedling to a tree that was over 15 feet tall but now I can’t find the photos I shared!

I’ve since moved to Virginia. I’m a certified ‘cone head’ now and in my front yard I’ve planted roughly 150 different types of evergreens and conifers and other trees, plants and shrubs since 2012.

Since I’m regularly photographing these plants as they grow and enjoying the changes to their appearance throughout the year, I wanted to be able to keep my photos of these plants organized. The collection is growing too so I also want to be able to remember all of the names of the plants.

I needed a mobile-friendly database and a way to label my plants.

I searched the Internet for the best way to keep a mobile phone friendly plant journal or garden journal and just didn’t find any good solutions at all.

I also searched the web for the best way to make plant identification tags and labels. The resulting web pages showed one-off custom tags that were either way too expensive or the tags and labels just didn’t last very long.

In January 2014 I started to build Plants Map to solve my own problem.

The Solution

My plants are now all listed on

I can keep photos of each plant with the individual plant listings. I can use my phone to record my notes about a plant directly on the page or that particular plant.

I didn’t have to download and app either because Plants Map works in my browser which means it works on my computer and tablet!

Every plant on Plants Map has a unique QR code assigned to it that can be printed on an inexpensive but durable identification tag or sign.

I simply use a free QR code reader on my mobile phone to scan a code on a tag and my phone’s browser opens to the detail page for that specific plant. There I can add my journal notes and photos directly to the listing.

I can then share those images and information on social media.

Nothing gets lost anymore! I can add a photo to a plant now in about 30 seconds!

Here is more information on Plants Map Tags.

Plants Map Is Free

Anyone can use for free to keep their list of plants and photos organized.

Plants Map identification tags and signs are optional and can be ordered using a button at the bottom of each plant page. The lines of text on the tags can be edited. The tags in my garden show the QR code, the botanical name of the plant, the common name and the name of my garden – Cloudy Way Garden.

Here is the page we built with more information and prices for the different kinds of tags and signs and stakes.

Both sizes can be attached to a stake and placed in the dirt near the plant. Both sizes also have a hole in the metal so that a wire or screw can be used to attach the identification plate to a branch or directly into larger mature trees.
Tell Your Plant’s Story

I can use the tags to keep my records and pictures organized and visitors to my garden can scan the QR codes to read the story about the plant and see the archive of pictures of that particular plant that I’ve added over time.

I could not be more thrilled with the progress we’ve made at Plants Map this year and the Plants Map Tags and Signs are awesome. The tags have exceeded my expectations for usability, quality, function, design and price. I hope that you will use them for your gardens and share the story of your plants and gardens on

Plants Map: Connecting People With Plants


Plants Map: Connecting People with Plants

Plants Map: Connecting People with Plants

Plants Map was born in January 2014 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Visit and share the stories of your plants, trees and gardens!