Description

GardenStew is a free community for people who love plants. Members interact through a forum with different topic-specific sections.

Once you become a member, you can customize your profile. You can add a profile pic and create a signature that will appear at the end of each post. The forum has 7 main sections:

  • Community
  • Growing Specifics
  • Plant Central
  • Yet More Gardening
  • Around the Home
  • Site Stuff
  • Other

Apart from participating in the forum, members can create their own online garden. This feature allows them to upload images and customize their garden.

There is also a plant database. Its sort of a library with information members have collected on different plants.
Lastly, members often share their blogs or online journals with the community. Their content is based on members' knowledge and previous gardening experiences.

Details

  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 2004
  • Founders:

    Frank

  • Amount of members: 12,400
  • Online Group: No
  • Online Platform: Own Platform
  • Job board: No
  • Language: English
  • Method: Virtual
Benefits

Access incredible resources:
The community has a plant database. It has been built by members themselves to share their knowledge with others. It has scientific information about a huge variety of plants.

Create your online garden:
This is a very innovative feature that allows you to create and customize your own online garden. You can also appreciate others' gardens.

Learn from fellow gardeners:
Both the forum and the blogs are spaces to learn more about plants. Topics are different in each section. You will learn from others' previous gardening experiences and be able to share your knowledge.

Requirements

No requirements.

Place

Networking Events

Members of GardenStew interact through the community's forum. Although most of the topics revolve around plants, there is a section for community stuff. It has a space for new members to introduce themselves. Also, a thread to share media content (the "Member's Gallery"). Apart from this, in the "Other" section, members share jokes and games and discuss off-topic subjects. This is a space to hang out and have fun while meeting fellow gardeners.

Content Library

One of the key resources is the plant database. Members have created this library with scientific information for different plants. You can use the search engine to find the one you are looking for. Scientific classifications include kingdom, division, class, order, family, genus, and species. Moreover, you can access the community's glossary to learn new, gardening-specific concepts.

Another incredible resource is the online garden. Each member has the chance to create their own customized garden. You can also appreciate other members' gardens.

Lastly, members share their blogs (online journals) and useful articles. These contain scientific information as well as members' experiences with plants.

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