• When I’m ‘gardening’ on the net…

    by  • September 19, 2010 • How to, Madera County Gardening Examiner

    Links I really use:


    • Intermountain Nursery The ultimate for native and Mediterranean plants, perfect for our gardens here in the Mountain Community.
    • Western Sierra Nursery Our local nursery knows our mountain garden needs
    • Bass Lake Farmer’s Market If you haven’t a veggie garden yet, this is the place all summer here. They have flowers, nuts, berries, veggie chips, honey, music and more!
    • Shasky Farms Shasky sells stone fruits at Bass Lake Farmer’s Market
    • Eastern Madera SPCA Watch for local events and a May Iris sale.
    • Sierra Sun Times Wildflower site These wildflowers are also found here in Madera County.



    • Dave’s Garden This is the site I use most often. You can create a journal of all your plants, read forums, …BEST plant ID and info page called PlantFiles
    • Certify your Backyard Habitat! Many of us have natural Wildlife Habitats already, but why not get certified at National Wildlife Federation? Good cause, too.
    • Wildseed Farms Planted twice in the ‘test garden’ in 5 years and the flowers are still coming every spring and summer. Great quality and their ‘Western Wildflower mix is especially for our area.
    • Renee’s Garden Seeds You can find Renee’s seeds at Western Sierra Nursery and here you will find lots more info if you love seeds.
    • Mountain Valley Growers Mountain Valley supplies some of the local nurseries and here you will find info on specific plants they sell. They’re located on the way to Sequoia, Nat’l Park.
    • Henry W. Coe State Park Wildflower Album by color Great for wildflower IDs
    • Paghat’s GardenWonderful plant profiles and beautiful photographs here at quirky Paghat’s place, and even though she’s in WA, many of the plants will do here.
    • Las Pilitas Native Plant Nursery Website If you are interested in CA native or drought resistant or deer resistant plants or California plant communities, this site will give you lots of no nonsense good info.
    • Theodore Payne Foundation-CA natives Theodore Payne was born in England, but after moving here, fell in love with California native plants. From the site:
    In his own nursery and seed business, which he started in 1903, native wildflowers and landscapes were his specialty. In 1915 he laid out and planted 262 species in a five-acre wild garden in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. He later helped to establish the Blaksley Botanic Garden in Santa Barbara, planted 178 native species in the California Institute of Technology Botanic Garden in Pasadena, helped create the native plant garden at Los Angeles’ Descanso Gardens, and advised the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Orange County.


    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.