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Amy Paster
Associate Librarian
Life Sciences Library
408 Paterno
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802-1811

(814) 865-3708

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Reference Sites


Garden Guides
-- Provides basic horticultural information on vegetables, flowers and herbs
-- Entries are short readable descriptions with charming drawings of plants
-- Basic articles on gardening are also available.

National Gardening
-- One of the best sites for horticultural information on the Web
-- Provides articles on flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and ornamentals.
-- Includes Regional Reports, Q & A Library, Article Library, Pest Control Library, Dictionary, and Food Gardening Guide., the Encyclopedia of Plants
-- Provides the common names of plants, botanical names of plants, and the dictionary of botanical words.
-- Entries include the general description, various methods of cultivation, soil and temperature requirements, pruning, and propagation methods.

Botanical Glossary
-- Provides online glossary of commonly used botanical terms and common names
-- Lists approximately 25,000 common names from a number of different languages.
-- From B&T World Seeds

The Spirit of Gardening
Provides poems, quotations, and timeline on the history of gardening.
The timeline is from ancient times to the present.
Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo

Plants Database
-- Standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens native to the U.S. and its territories.
-- Entries include names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, plant links, and references.
-- Supplied by the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service

Plants for a Future
-- Species Database for rare and unusual plants
-- Contains over 7000 species with details on edible and medicinal uses with information about cultivation and habitats