What is Garden Catalog Profiles

  • It’s everything you want to know:¬†About contacting the nursery… In addition to name and address, many nurseries provide telephone, toll-free, and fax numbers, even e-mail and Web site addresses About their catalog… A description of the information in the catalog, such as plant descriptions and illustrations, planting instructions, even articles Number of pages Whether related catalogs and supplements are published About their specialties… Each nursery lists all of its specialties, without an arbitrary limit, so you learn more about their offerings About their facilities… Many nurseries welcome you to their display gardens, gift shops, event areas, even restaurants About requesting the catalog… How much does the catalog cost? Is a self-addressed, stamped envelope required? Is the price of the catalog deducted from the first order? What is the best time of year to order the catalog? About ordering… Are credit cards accepted? Does the nursery serve retail or wholesale customers, or both? About the nursery… Number of years in business Membership in trade and gardening organizations Commitment to educational programs, seed saving, native plants, recycling, and other social and ecological concerns Software features: Easy to view and print Compare nursery profiles on your computer screen, or print tailored reports. No more using your fingers as bookmarks! You’ll see complete text, not hard-to-remember codes or icons. And each nursery profile follows a standard format, so it’s easy to locate the information you want. Up-to-date and accurate The current version includes recently updated information confirmed by the nurseries. The entire database is frequently updated, so the information you need is current, correct, and centrally located. We’ve already started the next edition. Easy to install and use This is no cranky piece of software. It’s easy to install and use — just point and click. Every screen has its own “help” at the press of a button, so no specialized computer skills are needed. Earth friendly Easy on the earth, too. We use simple packaging with recycled content, to reduce materials at the source. Unconditional guarantee : You take no risk. The UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE means your money back (including shipping) at any time, for any reason.Support, upgrades, system requirements Free customer support If the context-sensitive “help” doesn’t answer your question, get individual assistance by e-mail, from our Web site, or by regular mail. There’s never any charge to registered users. Upgrade discounts: As a registered user, you receive the lowest available price when you upgrade. Upgrades include the entire database, so there are no separate addenda to track. System requirements The software runs from CD-ROM or hard drive under WindowsTM with modest memory and hard disk space requirements. A mouse is required. A printer is recommended, but not required. Available on 3.5″ diskettes upon request. A DOS edition is available on 3.5″ diskette, with optional mouse. A printer is recommended, but not required.

Confessions of a Reformed Black Thumb: How a Single Rose Catalog Rocked My World

single_yellow_roseBefore my 35th birthday, it’s safe to say I single-handedly killed more flora than last summer’s wildfire at Yellowstone. Don’t get me wrong, I worship Luther Burbank and love vegetation of all kinds, but houseplants wilted when I so much as breathed on them, and entire lawns had been known to shrivel and turn toasty-brown at the first sound of my sneakers.

This all changed when we moved into a house in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with four rose bushes planted out front. No matter what I did to these poor plants – watered them daily or not at all for a month, pruned them with a machete, left an old raincoat over them for a week after a storm – the damn things just patiently produced slender coral buds that opened into lush blooms, refusing to die.

When we bought a house the following year, I was wondering what to do about the front yard, which was looking a little stark after we put up a fence around the property. One bleak day in January, a rose catalog arrived in the mailbox, addressed to the previous owners. The kids were in school, my husband was at work, and I decided to leaf through the thing as I ate my solitary lunch.

I was intrigued, first, by the riot of color contained within those pages – there were blooms of butter and egg-yolk yellow, crimson and scarlet, lavender and mauve, buff, cream, and pure white – everything but blue. Outside, under a white sky, the world was blanketed in snow with only the black branches of trees to offer any contrast, but the catalog was overflowing with summer.

I started to read the individual blurbs on each type of rose. The copy described the shape of the blooms, from pointed to cupped. Some had a mere five petals, showing stamens in a variety of hues, some had more than 100, that furled or “quartered” when fully open. Even fragrances were described: musk, green apple, spice, “tea rose.” I was hooked.

I quickly decided that I most liked the look of the old garden roses, such as the raspberry climber ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ and the hybrid musk ‘Ballerina’, which sported sprays of tiny cream single blooms, edged in pink. These old roses are hardier and more disease-resistant, I read, than “modern” hybrid teas – the long-stemmed and often scentless type you find in Miss America’s bouquet – but they often don’t bloom much after a first flush in spring. Rose Breeder David Austin, however, had combined the Redout√© botanical-print “cabbage” shapes and heady fragrance of the ancient varieties with the bloom power of the new, in a series of plants known as “English Roses.”

I started doing more research before I chose which plants to order – found out which zone we lived in, joined a gardening website’s rose chat group, and bought several books, starting, of course, with “Roses for Dummies.” I measured the front yard, decided where to place beds, and then mocked up what the garden would look like by making a scale picture of it, gluing pictures of the various roses onto the back of a brown-paper bag to see if I had the layout of color and form thought out in a pleasing way.

For my birthday in March, I ordered 26 plants: several ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ and climbing ‘Cecile Brunner’ to run along the fence as a background, and English roses ‘Heritage’, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, ‘Mary Rose’, and ‘Eglantyne’ for the foreground, interspersed with lower clumps of ‘Ballerina’. All of these bloom in a variety of pink shades, from a robust raspberry to a pale shell tint.

The plants arrived “bare-root” about two weeks before the last frost, so I kept them, according to the package directions, covered in the garage until I was ready to plant. They looked like little bundles of sticks, and I wasn’t very encouraged, but I proceeded to dig 26 holes, mixing bone meal, dried blood, compost, triple super phosphate, epsom salts, and, yes, a whole banana, in with the dirt for each.

For weeks nothing happened. I inspected my army of sticks several times a day, wondering if I’d killed them all off. People living further south in the rose chat group were posting pictures of amazing blooms – I was still waiting for my first leaf. I watered and fussed, bookmarked rose websites and bought more books, talked people’s ears off about new varieties I’d found online and generally bored all my friends to tears.

By early June the sticks had filled in with healthy green leaves, and the first buds were beginning to show. By July, there were dozens of blooms and the whole front yard was perfumed. In late August, we had a garden party.

Now we’ve moved to California, and that garden belongs to another family. I’ve only planted six rose bushes so far at the new house, but some of the blooms are the size of butter plates, and I have big plans to fill out the rest of the property with varieties that wouldn’t tolerate Massachusetts winters. I have to admit, however, that I’ve already managed to kill off half a dozen lavender bushes.

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Why not use “free” Internet sources instead?

The hidden costs
First, there’s the cost of connecting to the Internet through a service provider to reach those “free” Web-sites.

But – more importantly – how much is your time worth to you? With Garden Catalog PROFILES, there’s no waiting while the computer is logging on, no dropped connections or busy modem lines. No “Web surfing” – trying not to get diverted while you search endlessly for some bit of useful information.

Garden Catalog PROFILES lets you spend less time looking for sources and more time out in the garden.

Wider scope
We list 380 nurseries that sell by mail-order, but many don’t have Web pages. You won’t miss out on the right nursery for your needs, just because they’re too busy growing and shipping to program a Web site.

Better searches
Lookups are easy: Browse through a list of specialties to get ideas. Or, just start typing and jump to the first item in the list that matches the characters you are entering. Or, scroll and click to choose an item from a list.

You’ll never waste time searching, only to get an error message saying, “Your search found no results.”

Easy-to-read results
The results of a lookup can be either viewed on the screen or printed out. The items on the screen are organized consistently – the same types of information appear in the same place on the screen for every nursery.

Create reports
Gardeners can tailor reports to correspond to their information needs. This is truly a unique feature. Other electronic resources do not support this type of sophisticated reporting, if they provide reporting at all.