Find The DataOn Plants




So heres a new thing. is a new site dedicated to gathering data in such a way that allows side-by-side comparisons to be made. And theres a lot of plant stuff here. Lets have a look, shall we?

The Plants Database pulls data from USDA sources, but puts it in a format that makes it easier to search by particular characteristics or do side-by-side comparisons of plants. Searching for plants by various qualities yields some weird resultsa search for fall-blooming annuals turned up only one plant, and its a plant that sounds like it comes right out of a Monty Python movieSmallfoot Beggarticks.

Okay, moving on! You can also pull all kinds of data about botanical gardensI did a search for botanical gardens that do ethnobotanical research and operate a tram, and got a list of four institutions (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Hawaii, in case youre wondering.)

Theres also a list of farmers markets. I made a map of all the farmers markets within 20 miles of Iowa City:

You can also compare wine grapes or green restaurants.

I am perhaps most interested in the booze ratings, which pull scores and awards from several sources to give compiled data that can be put into side-by-side comparisons. For instance, heres gin:


OK, enough about gin. What about the plants? Given the fact that this site is really only pulling data thats already been compiled and putting it in a more user-friendly formwhat would be most useful to you, plant-wise?

I know what Id like to see: Seed and plant catalogs! Give me one place where I can search seed and plant listings, compare, and then order.

The data is not always perfect and up-to-date, by the way. I did a search for bookstores in Eureka, CA, and the bookstore I own wasnt on the listand weve owned it for almost five years, and we belong to bookstore organizations and are listed in the Yellow Pages. Oh well.

Companies and Organizations

Via: Find The DataOn Plants

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