Friday, October 19, 2007

Plant Information Online

One of the great pleasures of gardening is discovering new and wondrous plants to introduce to the garden and landscape. One of the great puzzles of gardening has been trying to locate some of these new and wondrous plants! Plant Information Online ably sorts out this horticultural conundrum. As of this posting, this newly free service of the University of Minnesota Libraries can be used to discover sources in 923 North American nurseries for 100,693 plants, find 347,530 citations to 132,648 plants in science and garden literature, link to selected websites for images and regional information about 9,595 plants, and access information on 2,293 North American seed and nursery firms. Whew! (Why the tentative phrase as of this posting? This is a dynamic resource and new nurseries/plants/citations/links are continually added.) What a boon to gardening enthusiasts and students, as well as professional botanists, horticulturists, researchers and all horticulturally inclined!

Review this site and explore these resources. The nursery catalog collection within the Sterling Morton Library has many of the catalogs included in Plant Information Online and also much of the literature included in this resource. Take time to visit the Library and prowl through our treasure trove of botanical and horticultural resources!

The Sterling Morton Library is located in the Administration and Research Building of The Morton Arboretum, southwest of the Visitor Center. Library patron parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Research and Administration Building.

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