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New resources for Chicagoland gardeners

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The horticulture industry is staying atop the latest technology with several new resources for gardeners and budding horticulturists.

Mobile apps

All things horticulture via mobile apps allows the consumer to access tons of gardening information right from the backyard. From Burpee Home Gardens, check out My Garden Designer, Burpee Garden Coach and Burpee’s Backyard mobile web programs. Visit www.burpeehomegardens.com.

Michael A. Dirr's classic work, The Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, is the reference book of choice for horticulturists. Now, available through the App Store, Dirr's Tree and Shrub Finder by Timber Press provides users with the ‘most comprehensive, authoritative, and interactive directory for trees and shrubs.’ With extensive search criteria and detailed text, users can quickly and easily find the perfect plant for any situation. This app is not free, but at $14.99, it is well worth the price.

New local gardening show

Dig In® Chicago is a new local show featuring local gardening information, local food, local plants and more. Hosted by local gardening pros, Mike Nowak, of “The Mike Nowak Show” on WCPT 820AM and 92.5, 92.7 and 99.9 FM and Jennifer Brennan of Chalet Nursery and Garden Shops. The show airs on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am on Comcast channel 102. If that is not convenient, Dig In® Chicago provides links to episodes on all of the social media sites.

Here are the Dig In® Chicago Links:
http://mydiginchicago.com
http://facebook.com/diginchicago
http://youtube.com/diginchicago
http://twitter.com/diginchicago

A new Leaf

The latest consumer-oriented gardening magazine, called Leaf, is a beautiful digital publication, with mouthwatering photos of gorgeous plants and outdoor décor. It is free for subscribers.

“Our intent was to provide something consumers and professionals will read and enjoy, but which can also be used as a value-added tool,” says Rochelle Greayer, one of Leaf’s founders.

In addition to the digital magazine, the website includes a link to fabulous design ideas via the ‘Leaflets’ tab. When checking out the site, also be sure to click on the ‘Who We Are’ tab to read the wonderful bios about the magazine’s founders and management team.

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