Whether you want to keep up to date on your favorite organization or you just want to see what other gardeners are up to, garden blogs are informative and fun to read. Opinions, rants, news, tips, photos can all be found in a blog.
Try Blotanical to search for garden blogs (there are thousands worldwide) with names as varied as Garden Goth, Whoreticulture, Just Add Worms, Color Me Green, My Lil Green Patch, The Beer Garden (does this person grow hops or do they like to drink beer in between hoeing?), Born Again Gardener and Mulchmaid.
If you’re really fanatical about keeping up on your favorite blog, there’s an iPhone app that will help you stay current: Gardening News and Updates by Lol Software.
Here are 21 to start you off – based mainly in the Bay Area. Visit them weekly or occasionally for tips, news and updates. While it’s raining so heavily, you might as well curl up with a good blog and a cup of tea.
- Garden Porn – You’ve got to check out a blogger who writes on her homepage: “Is that a pistil in your calyx or are you just glad to see me?”
- An Alameda Garden – Musings, news, photos from an East Bay gardener
- Santa Clara Valley Bee Guild – This group provides fascinating updates and news on one of the gardener’s best friends.
- McShane’s Nursery – Full service nursery in Salinas
- Flora Grubb Gardens – A beautiful nursery in San Francisco that specializes in palms
- Peaceful Valley Farm Supply -In the Loop: Grow Organic blogs about organic farming and gardening; based in Grass Valley.
- Friends of the San Jose Rose Garden – All the latest news on one of San Jose’s prettiest places
- Friends of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens – This dedicated friendly group loves GRPG and it shows in all their activities and support
- Love Apple Farm – Cynthia Sandberg’s organic farm in Ben Lomond
- Middlebrook Gardens – Alrie Middlebrook’s garden and nursery on Race Street in San Jose
- California Garden Club – The president’s messages and updates
- Renee’s Garden Seed – Renee Shepherd’s news on the Felton-based seed company and trial gardens
- California Gardening – “Advice to grow by” from UC-Davis
- Sunset Magazine -Fresh Dirt serves up fresh news
- UC-Berkeley Botanical Garden – Another fine source of botanical info & news
- Stanford University Campus Garden – The Hammerskjold garden blog
- Albert’s Greenhouse – Albert Huntington in Sunnyvale
- The Sunny Garden – Gardening in Santa Cruz
- My Bay Area Garden – Sunnyvale gardener
- Gossip in the Garden – Silicon Valley landscape designer
- InterLeafings – San Jose award-winning landscape designer, appeared on HGTV & Curb Appeal
- Be a guest ranter on popular gardening blog Garden Rant