Where are we coming from? Starting as a resource for numerous flower shows, our database grew and grew to include plants used by gardeners across the USA, and those featured in several publications of the American Horticultural Society. The database assisted the publication by Southern Living/Sunset/Time Life of several books geared for Western and Southern gardeners, and continued to be used by show committees and exhibitors in flower shows, all across the country. For several years it was an on-line resource for The orignial authority for plant nomenclature was (the now out of print )RHS Index of Garden Plants, Mark Griffiths, editor, Timber Press. ISBN: 0333591496. The current authority for nomenclature in Plantipedia® is the collaborative on-line resource by RHS, Kew, Missouri Botanic and others: The Plant List,


I wish to thank Dr. Mark Miller, and posthumously, Dr. Marc Cathey, former President Emeritus of the American Horticultural Society, for their guidance and support; the members of both the National Garden Clubs Inc. and the Garden Club of America for testing my data; the many nurseries who shared their catalogues; and the staff of the American, Bermuda, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Southeastern Horticultural Societies for helping me develop the original program. Special thanks to the institutions and plant societies who have helped to verify both information and photographs including the Instituto de Botánica Darwinion in Buenos Aires, and the library of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. In addition I wish to thank the many flower show committees across the country who let me test the database and/or incorporate data from their shows - including but not limited to - Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and others. I wish to thank La Federacion Costarricense de Clubes de Jardines de Costa Rica for allowing me to include photographs from their 2013 flower show Costa Rica Eterna Primavera. In addition, we have photographed plants in Argentina, Barbados, Baja California, Belgium, Borneo, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, India, Italy, Ireland, Kenya, Laos, Mexico, Panama, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands and more. Recently I had the extraordinary opportunity to photograph the fruits and vegeatables in the Dekalb Farmers Market, 3000 East Ponce De Leon Ave Decatur GA. This extraordinary place draws unususal and very fresh produce from the 4 corners of the earth. I learned more about these unusual fruits vegetables and their uses from my time in this farmers market than in all my years of studying about them.

Special thanks to the Arnold Arboretum and the Gray Herbarium, of Harvard University; The New England Wildflower Soc., William Brumback; Jim Folsom and John Trager of the Huntington Botanical Gardens; and Bill  and Melissa Cullina, Coastal Maine Botanic Garden, for their help with this project, and the many plant societies that have permitted me to photograph entries at their shows. To Mary Ann Patterson, Don & Betty Call, your help and encouragement were much appreciated. To Jean Jones and Paul Parisi, thank you for adapting my original program, Showtime, to become Plantipedia®!

As we add photographs and supporting data to the plants in Plantipedia®, it will become ever more useful. Mistakes are inevitable and unintentional. This is a work in progress, with Botanical Names changing, old data being updated and corrected, and new plants added as time permits. Thank you Dr. Peter Raven for your guidance and Dr. Peter Stevens for assisting in defining the options related to ongoing taxonomic changes .

The online reference for plant nomenclature is

The USDA plant profiles web site is referenced and hyperlinked giving the status of, and  the mapping of, native plants, noxious weeds and invasive plants.Thanks to Anne Frances,PhD. of NatureServe, the "G1 - Critcally imperilled" status for the nation's most at risk plants is being incorporated  into the status data for each of these plants  Copyright © 2017 NatureServe, 4600 N. Fairfax Dr., 7th Floor, Arlington Virginia 22203, U.S.A. All Rights Reserved. Plants being conserved as part of the National Collection of the Center for Plant Conservation consortium are identified and linked both to the CPC site and subsequently to the sponsoring institution. 

Thank you Art Scarpa for allowing me to photograph your collections; to Carrie Waterman for sharing your terrific images of unusual succulents; to Linda Milton for sharing images from your garden;to Nan Carder for sharing her beautiful images with us; to Joanne Lenden for allowing us to include your wildflower image collection, and especially to the Colorado Dahlia Society for permitting us to link directly/remotely to images in their collections on their web site. In addition, we would like to thank Allan and Judi Davidson for sharing their lovely images of Bermuda's flora; Peter Holmes for his images of Bermuda's Mystery Roses; and Helen Dillon for her help with identifying the glorious plants in her famous garden in Dublin, Ireland. To those institutions who have allowed me to photograph their collections, Images of plants from these institutions are included as well as plants from other places:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center;The Tucson Desert Museum; The Tucson Botanical Garden; The Harry A. Leu Gardens, the San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden ); The San Diego Zoo  

Thank you to The Center for Plant Conservation San Diego Zoo Global for permission to remotely link to the data within the records of the CPC's National Collection of endangered plants; to Logee's Greenhouses; Brent & Becky's Bulbs,  Prairie Moon Nursery, and who have agreed to let us link remotely to their image inventory. These links are a work in progress. Thank you to Moulton Farm, Oliver's Nurseries, Russell's Greenhouses, Sylvan Nurseries, Corliss Brothers, Avant Gardens, San Marcos Growers, Wayside Nursery, Broken Arrow, and many other garden centers, botanic gardens and nurseries around the world  for allowing me to photograph in your gardens. Thank you Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch for allowing us to link remotely to the Monarch Watch collection of unusual milkweed images, and a very special thanks to Karl Gercens for permitting us to link remotely to his extraordinarily beautiful plant images from the 4 corners of the earth..

Some of those who have assisted with plant id include Lucinda McDade, Director Rancho Santa Anna Botanic Garden, Jennifer Possley, Fairchild Gardens, Dr. James Cobb, Scotland, noted authority on Meconopsis, David Robson, Univ of IL (who has generously share his images as well), Arthur Haines, New England Wildflower Society, and Sharon Cooke, of Andromeda Gardens Barbados. 

As the data about our native pollinators and their plant preferences, and the need to protect them has become a focus of the nation's plant conservationists , I have begun the process of correlating properly documented information with the plant data in plantipedia. The remarkable book "Pollinators of Native Plants" by Heather Holm published in 2014 by the Pollinator Press LLC Minnesota has served as the primary resource and basis for fthe native plant pollinators listed. Heather has researched and photographed 65 of our native plants and their pollinators. In addition, data from Bumble Bees of North America: An identification Guide,  by Williams, Thorp, Richardson & Colla 2014 Princeton University Press has been incorporated, as well as the data from the Xerces Society's Guide to Attracting Native Pollinators: Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies, Storey Publishing 2011. 

The extraordinary  information about the pollinators of North American Orchids has been incorporated from the North American Orchid Conservation Center

John VanDyk of the Iowa State University Dept. of Entomology, has graciously allowed us to link our pollinator data to, his online web reference ("For the identification of insects spiders and their kin for the United States and Canada"). copyright © 2003-2017 Iowa State University In addition, information from various other publications of the Xerces Society the National Wildlife Federation has been incorporated. In addition,  Katie Heineman, PhD, at the Center for Plant Conservation, has been compiling data on the pollinators of the plants in the CPC's national collection. Her research is carefully referenced, and where used, CPC is cited. At some point pictures of the pollinators will be hyperlinked or included in a manner similar to the way we have included data and photographs of the nation's butterflies.

I wish to thank the family of Corliss K. Engle for allowing me to include her plant images, and most of all thank you, Nat Dane, for sharing your pictures with us in addition to your unflagging support during these many long years of developing this program.

Arabella S. Dane