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May05

Gardening? There’s an App for That!

Gardening? There’s an App for That!

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On Earth Day 2016, gardening industry juggernaut Scotts released its own branded gardening mobile app. Simply called Gro, the app goes beyond the scope of your typical educational gardening app by allowing users to automate watering via linked smart sprinkler systems such as those by Rachio and PlantLink.

Although the app is best used with the aforementioned automated gardening systems, its educational component is still not to be missed. Tell it your location and it’ll give you a list of recommended gardening projects customized for your area, its local climate, and the availability of flowers and plants in nearby stores. Once you pick a project, the app will walk you through every step of the process. It’s a perfect starting point for beginners.

The release of the Gro app just drives home the cliché – “whatever you need, there’s an app for that” – that has become even more pronounced in the past couple of years. For those who want to start making use of their smartphones while gardening, here are a few other apps to check out:

Landscaper’s Companion (iPad) – With information on over 26,000 plants and over 21,000 photos, this is a must-have for those who want to have all the information they could possibly need.

Plant Diary (Android) – Automate yourself with this garden task management app. It lets you define a set of alarms for each plant in your garden, reminding you when an action such as watering needs to be done.

ID Weed (iOS) – An invaluable resource for identifying potentially dangerous weeds in your garden. For Android users, there’s Weed ID, an app based on the Encyclopedia of Arable Weeds.

Home gardening has been booming in recent years, with Statista reporting about 117 million home gardeners in the United States in Spring 2015. The ubiquity of smartphones and their accompanying gardening apps may one reason why.

Aside from gardening, other industries have felt the power of mobile. The restaurant industry, for example, was one of the early adopters of mobile apps. Now, over 65 percent of location-based traffic on social media comes from restaurants according to the Restaurant Social Media Index. The gaming industry has also largely shifted to mobile, with Gaming Realms, the developer of slots platform PocketFruity counting over 70% of their previously PC-based gamers now playing on either a phone or a tablet. Said platform has even started incorporating garden-themed games into its portfolio like the extremely popular Secret Garden to tap into new markets.

All of the above shows how, even experienced gardeners are now looking to gardening apps to source information on certain processes, which they feel they need guidance. As many industries continue to invest money in tailored apps, the gardening sector will follow suit, and look to bring the best in new, innovative apps to the table for the consumer to enjoy.

(This is an affiliate blog post at Modern Mint.)

May03

Selection Of Topiary Videos To Help You Clip

Over the last two years I have been involved with a couple of projects that have ended up being recorded, then placed on Youtube or Instagram. I’m hoping they will be useful to you, so I have decided this morning to pop them together in one handy blog post so that you can bookmark the page and revisit when you need some inspiration for your topiary. See below then, a few videos about topiary I have recently been involved with… Garden Masterclass – Provocations of a Modern Topiarist Transforming Topiary Topiary Teacher Put On The Spot https://www.instagram.com/p/CTj-EfOKRL6/ In the above …

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May03

Mark Zlotsky – Topiary Tango In New York

Mark Zlotsky is an artist based in New York, and today I just wanted to share his project ‘Topiary Tango’. In his introduction to the project he talks of topiary being a forgiving art, which I love and is soooooo true…..! For proof, just take a look at some projects I have made with a sharp pair of shears, a hedgetrimmer and a pruning saw. Do check out Mark Zlotsky’s project, because although his interest began by looking at topiary through the prism of architecture and the relationship of one building to another, he touches directly onto a way of …

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Apr27

Gardenista Interview – I Talk About Modern Topiary

Gardenista, the online magazine about gardens and design, have interviewed me about topiary. The article is called ‘Rethinking Topiary: A Garden Tradition Loosened Up’ and was published this morning. Written by the excellent garden writer Clare Coulson, I share some thoughts on using deciduous plants, how to clip (name-dropping Anne Lamott and her book on writing at one stage… oh, how I wander off subject sometimes!) and how to improve topiary by what you plant around it. Do take a look at the article in Gardenista. Or for more about my topiary work, check out the topiary page.