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Old 04-05-2013, 10:39 AM
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I need to get educated in horticulture

Do any of you guys have good resources you could point me to that could help me in the area of identifying plant names, and care of plants?? This included grass as well. Basically I'm tired of my customer knowing more than me on their plants and care of their plants. It makes me look really stupid when I can't name something, or miss name something. Have any suggestions? and college is not an option at this point.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:08 AM
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By far the BEST education on plants important to you is found at local nurseries... This time of year when the ground is still frozen and cabin fever is feverishly overwhelming,,, is the perfect time to visit the local nurseries and chat with friendly helpful people about their selections,,, in stock and recommendations...

Horticulture books will likely be filling your memory banks with useless information that will never be used AND it is only pictures,,, whereas local nurseries are tuned in to ONLY your local area and are real critters... I find it best to ask and research any names I pickup on jobsites as well,,, but it ends up being the plants that I work with over time,,, that I get to know personally...
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:12 AM
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Well that and I am trying to do more landscaping I need that wow factor and it comes with knowledge of what's out there.
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:36 AM
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Well that and I am trying to do more landscaping I need that wow factor and it comes with knowledge of what's out there.
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The wow factor will never be found in textbooks and classes as much as they are found in real landscapes and magazines and things that are happening now... there again, you want to talk with upscale nurseries,,, not the WalMart Garden Center or the parking lot plant sales tents...

Go online and get Images of Landscape plants for your Zone... We are Zone 4/5, depending on the global warming thing or our place in the 50 year cycle,,, What zone are you???
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:43 AM
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The wow factor will never be found in textbooks and classes as much as they are found in real landscapes and magazines and things that are happening now... there again, you want to talk with upscale nurseries,,, not the WalMart Garden Center or the parking lot plant sales tents...

Go online and get Images of Landscape plants for your Zone... We are Zone 4/5, depending on the global warming thing or our place in the 50 year cycle,,, What zone are you???
Zone 6. I'm trying to think who around to even talk to. We have some massive green houses around, but they are not on the personal scale. They sell on a national level. Ill have think on that. Have a favorite reading material on this?
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:58 PM
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So if you decided to fill in a bit of ground in some one's landscape with a scarlet wiegelia and some stella d'oras that you don't have a local nursery to pick it up at???

My personal favorite reading material on the subject of landscape plants has been the internet for the past 10 years...
I see something I like in the real world,,, read the tag for sun or shade then put the genus species on the image search and learn any and all details of the plant imaginable...

Watch gardening shows on TV and join the Master Gardeners clubs and hang out with them for the Summer...

Whenever a client comes up with an anecdote about a particular flower or shrub they are interestted in,,, I research it on the WEB and come back with more information than they were even aware of... be engaged and love the process, or go do a different job... expecting that "school" is your best option and that all others are inferior is total bunk... feeling bad that you don't have schooling as an option,,, is folly... the most important aspect of this type of carreer is the love of this type of career...
Everything else falls into place after that...
"YES,,, I have a college degree!!! Now,,, would you like fries with that???"
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:16 PM
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Well a little back ground on me I'm 21 turning 22. When I was 14-16 I worked for a lady in her late 60's who worked at a green house and knew way to much. I should of picked up some knowledge from her but at that age I really didn't care. I just did as I was told. Now I am needing to know everything she was trying to teach me. Once I got into mowing I became way to busy to busy to go to college and I know now college won't teach you experence and practical knowledge. I've chose the school of hard knocks and this year at I'm trying to get my feet wet with hardscaping and softscaping and dealing with all the landscaping blunders while maintaining them I've learned a little bit what works and what don't. As far as greenhouses go I know the main place but its so large that I could only chit chat with employees I think. I also hate taking up peoples time and I find owners don't care about talking for a couple hrs and that's how I learned the proper way to prep for hardscaping.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:44 PM
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I have to admit that there are not a lot of people you can learn from, but you keep looking and talking and over time you learn from them and your own research... that only takes up spare time and is focussed on what you need to know, so it is actually learned and understood...

I had one elderly lady tell me how she wanted her rose bush transplanted... you'll never guess that I learned a little trick for sandy soil, that I never thought of before... and I was already at the 100% transplant rate on the job and 10 years into the business...
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:06 PM
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Know I think I just realized something, I think gardening is a dieing art. Its always the people in the 60's or older who I always get put in my place by or even have legitimate flower gardens they maintain. Now it seems to be more commercialized.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:34 PM
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You are correct... it is a dieing art... it's as if no one and even relate to what makes a good soil tilth anymore...
" Oh, well,,, The soil test will tell you everything you need to know,,, just follow the lab's recommendations... and you'llbe fine my boy..." I can only shake my head at that...

Its a real mess when soil structure is completely disregarded by the Green Industry... there must be some disconnect in the education system causing it,,, becuz whenever it is challenged,,, these little edu-freaks,,, come out of the woodwork and call you names and try to convince you that THEY have the real information...
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