Monday, April 27, 2009

Blotanical – A Garden Blog Reader's Best Friend

It wasn’t long ago that our lives existed without blogs. In fact, those were the days when a “blog” sounded like something to clean up with a paper towel, to paraphrase my photographer friend Isabel Gomes.

That’s the past, however. Today there are literally a gazillion blogs out there with loyal readers – and many of them feature great gardening tips.  
Where to begin? Well, Blotanical will get you off to a good start. The directory features more than 1,350 gardening blogs from 60 different countries. 

To get the scoop, Seasonal Wisdom spoke with Blotanical founder Stuart Robinson of Busselton, Western Australia.  Here’s what he had to say:
Reason behind Blotanical?
Stuart says his desire was “to have one place where you could find, and interact with, garden bloggers who lived locally and also those who lived in other countries.”

Importance of directories like Blotanical?
“Blotanical helps us reach out to those around us who have similar garden experiences and learn from those who have more [knowledge] while giving back to those who are keen to learn,” he explains.  “The directory is very helpful as a starting point for this interaction.”
Pleasant surprises?
“I love to hear stories of relationships that have been forged through this site,” says Stuart. “I think it is one of the most endearing traits of Blotanical.  It’s an element that can’t be counterfeited, yet when it’s apparent it is obvious that the directory is healthy and growing.”
New developments in pipeline?
Look for new features to be added soon to the directory. “As a site, Blotanical is only just warming up,” adds Stuart. “In the next 12-18 months, I think we will see some amazing features put in the hands of gardeners.”

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  1. A very interesting write-up on Blotanical ... I suppose Blotanical fits the motto:

    "Supporting Regional Diversity and Engaging Gardening Creativity"

    cheers...., Blog On!!

    ~ Bangchik

  2. You're right, Blotanical is a great place to find other gardeners.

  3. I would be lost without Blotanical. It is a great way to connect with gardeners. You can't find them through blogspot by searching. Before Blotanical I found them by browsing other bloggers pages. Then I found Blotanical and I was hooked. I can go around the world and find gardens

  4. Thanks for your comments. You three are all excellent examples of why Blotanical is a helpful resource for good gardening blogs.

  5. I am new to Blogtanical and honestly...I can't remember how I came across the site! Enjoying all the wonderful gardening going on there! Excellent resource. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. Blotanical and specifically stuart, are responsible for so much amazing information and access to wonderful, creative bloggers-who write about gardening, design and the natural world- Great!The insiration alone is worth the visit(greenmansionscompost)

  7. Hi Brian: Thanks for dropping by... I agree Blotanical is a fine service, which has introduced me to many interesting blogs. All the best, and hope to see you again. Teresa