Helpful Resources

This referral list is an ongoing development created to aid gardeners with their horticultural endeavors. Copy and paste the URL in your browser bar. If you post them on your own blog or website (or anywhere else), please be courteous by providing a link back to inandaroundthegarden.net. Thank you.


  1. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw/  (Help scientist track birds in your own backyard. A fun project for children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs.)

Critters & Insects:

  1. http://bugguide.net  (Great source with insect photos to help you identify good and bad pests. You can also upload images if you have a pest from the United States or Canada that you want identified. )

Fruits and Vegetables:

  1. http://www.nutritiondata.com/  (This is a great source of nutritional data on the vegetables you grow and prepare to consume raw, canned, frozen, or cooked and more.)
  1. http://gomestic.com/pets/be-a-good-dog-owner-fruits-and-veggies-that-are-bad-for-your-dog/#ixzz0roNq52FT (Keep your dog safe. Learn what fruits and veggies are bad for them by reading this link.)
  2. http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8398.pdf   (For a good resource of poisonous plants for livestock and critters living in California) 


  1. http://plants.usda.gov/   (Over 40,000-plant database with images, information about the names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references.)
  2. http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/sci_names_A.html   (A comprehensive list of scientific plant names.)
  3. http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/index.html   (California’s best source for horticulture information.)
  4. http://www.cnps.org   (The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a non-profit organization. Here you will find information on growing California native plants,  their natural habitats, horticultural use of native plants, and more.)
  5. http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/inventory/weedlist.php (Invasive Plant list:  The information and list plus other great prevention resources is also available at the California Invasive Plant Council.)


  1.   http://danr.ucop.edu/ihrmp/oak04.htm   (Oak tree facts and resource assistance.)


  1.   http://weedid.wisc.edu/ca/index.php   (This unique Weed ID Tool will help you identify weeds.)
  2.  http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/weeds_intro.html   (Weed Photo Gallery includes many, but not all, weed species commonly found in California farms and landscapes, including broadleaf, grass, sedge, aquatic.)


If the above links are not suitable to your area, below is a list of suggested professionals you can search on the web or phone book for locations near you.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Animal Poison Control Center

Audubon Society

Certified Arborist

Cooperative Extension

County Mosquito Abatement

Grafting Services

Horticulture Society

Horticulture Science

Humane Society

Master Gardeners Association

Native Plant Society


Pest Control

Plant Diagnostics

State University (botany department)

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