We update the site every Sunday with new articles. If I am away I may not always put my update on the main page but the articles are always new and fresh each Sunday. I travel quite a bit and it is not always easy for me to get to computers or internet cafes while away. If there is an article that had provided you with much needed information, please take a moment and send a note to the writer. They are very important to all of us and I know they would appreciate hearing from you.

Our Help page will be continually updated to bring you the latest in helping you, our brand new garden visitor, find your way around our site...it really is easy, so I hope you will continue to enjoy your visits here and let your gardening friends know about it as well.

Have you checked out the Events area or the Clubs area of the site? These areas are both set up so that you can add either if not listed already. If you have a gardening event happening in your area, and it is not listed, then please feel free to add it - just make sure spelling is correct. If your club is not listed, please check at your next garden club meeting to see if the board would like it. If they do, please have someone from the board fill in the form so that we may set you up.

The garden forum is set up so that you may ask garden related questions...we encourage you to use it so that you can all learn from these questions.

Please also visit our Pix area of the site...this is where we have put all the recaps of my trips and tours, plus here you will find our garden pictures.

We try and put out a newsletter each month...if you have signed up as a member you will receive it and if you have just put your email in at the bottom of the home page, you will receive it as well. Please make sure you have put your correct email address in or you will not receive it.

We invite you to visit our main resource site www.ICanGarden.com but also to click our latest website devoted to our gardening tours only www.gardeningtours.com

We love to see all the new members we have sign up each week. Our membership information is private to us only, and when you fill in the form, please fill it in as fully as you can. It tells me where you garden, how you came to find the site, and what other things you are interested in. The sign up at the bottom of this home page is just to receive the newsletter. It does not give you access to the members area. That requires email and password by you!

When you sign up at the top of the home page with your email and password, you signed up for our members area ... this will give you access to the Forum, Email Pals, Seed Savers, and the Live Chat. You can 'lurk' in the Live Chat and Forum, but you cannot participate unless you are signed up .... which of course is always free.

www.gardeningtours.com lists our upcoming garden tours - this will be our 13th year so if you have never come along on a tour with me before, make this the year you do!

ICanGarden is FREE to our visitors, we are supported by an excellent array of garden suppliers as sponsors. You can help us by letting these sponsors know you appreciate their support of our website.
 

Tom's Site Tip of the Month

You may have noticed that we changed a couple of items on the home page last  month.

 

 

We added a new area on the far right hand area that provides a direct link to a number of items on the site like tours, books, and other products.

 

 

 

 

Finally, if you still can't find what you are looking for - email us at donna@icangarden.com

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Tom's Site Tip of the Month

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, ICanGarden started with a number of goals. One of the other goals Donna had in mind was to help garden clubs everywhere. We know first hand how hard it is to create a web site, manage a web site and fund a web site.

As part of our commitment to help garden clubs, we have developed a set of tools that allow clubs to have their site at no cost.

To get your club online, simply click on the "clubs" main menu, and then click on the "add a club".

Once you have filled in all the basic information, click on "submit". Once we receive the information, we will set it up so you will have your own site with all the features of a calendar of events, a section on other pertinent links, a full discussion forum, and a section for your own articles.

You will be in full control of you site, you will have the ability to advertise your site to your members and to prospective members of your community.

If there are other items we can help you with in promoting your site, we are here to help.

Finally, if you still can't find what you are looking for - email us at donna@icangarden.com

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Tom's Site Tip of the Month

Are you a garden supplier? Do you know a supplier of great gardening items? We have a section in ICanGarden.com called Suppliers where we list almost 1000 suppliers and we'd be happy to list any other companies that would be of value to our members.

To get your company online, simply click on the "supplier" main menu, and then click on the "add your supplier to our database".

Once you have filled in all the basic information, click on "add this catalogue". Once we receive the information, we will review the catalogue / company.

We also list over 1200 gardening links but we are always looking for new links. If you know of a web site that isn't listed and you think it should be, send us an email with the information.

If there are other items we can help you with in promoting your site, we are here to help.

Finally, if you still can't find what you are looking for - email us at donna@icangarden.com

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Tom's Site Tip of the Month

ICanGarden started with a number of goals. As part of her vision Donna wanted to help gardeners find information, allow gardening clubs to create their own site at no cost, and allow garden suppliers to provide information on their products and services. Donna also wanted to give seed savers/sharers a place to swap seeds, and a place for gardeners to showcase their gardening achievements. A calendar of events allow gardeners to review upcoming events and gives clubs and associations the ability to promote their workshops, lectures, sales or any other event of interest. Over time she added a forum where gardeners could ask questions of one another and a live chat where every Sunday they could chat with gardening experts like Art Drysdale.

At the heart of ICanGarden are the writers. There are over 200 garden writers that provide a weekly collection of relevant, timely articles.

There are no costs to you as a visitor -- you can enjoy the thousands of pages and lifetimes of experience shared by other gardeners. There are some sections that we ask you "log in as a member" as these areas contain some information on you that we don't want to be made public.

Use the "search the site" at the top of the site to locate articles, books, sites, forum items, events, catalogues and seed saver items.

There are also members area and help which contain their own areas of information. Don't miss the main navigation "Bar" on the home page as it opens up to numerous other sections of the site.

Finally, if you still can't find what you are looking for - email us at donna@icangarden.com

 

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Tom's Site Tip of the Month

The ICanGarden site is comprised of numerous sections to help you locate the information you desire. Over the next several months, I will be providing an overview of the various areas of the site.

Last month we looked at:

Navigation
Member Login
Main Search
Home Page - recent articles

This week we will look at how ICanGarden is set up to help you find even more information. For instance if you do a search for something like "roses" - you will find that the results are broken down into Document (Articles), Forum entries, Books, Links (other sites), Classified entries, Products, Events & Catalogues.

When you click (or choose) one of the articles, not only does ICanGarden show you the article but then on the right hand side of the page there are numerous other "related" items like articles, catalogues etc. By following the links to these other related articles you will find other even more expansive related items.


Also, I want to make sure you don't miss the many other areas contained in ICanGarden - did you know there were almost 5,000 articles written by almost 200 garden writers, with almost 1000 catalogues, over 700 garden books, almost 1,200 sites/links, hundreds of scheduled events, over 7,500 garden pictures (some from the most famous gardens of Europe and England - as well as from gardeners across North America) and over 500 garden clubs from around the world.

These areas are located under the main headings found on the home page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom's Site Tip of the Month

The ICanGarden site is comprised of numerous sections to help you locate the information you desire. Over the next several months, I will be providing an overview of the various areas of the site.

 

 

Navigating around ICanGarden can be done many different ways:

  • The main navigation menus

  • The top of the main page is broken down to several sections:

    • Members Area - Forums, Live 24/7 Chat, Email Pals, Seed Savers/Sharers, Polls, Free Home Buyers Guide

    • Events - Chat events, courses, meetings & shows, special trips & excursions

    • Pix - Gardens (public & private), pictorial tours, gardeners showcase

    • Clubs - Canadian, International

    • Kids Korner - great items for Kidz

    • Articles - thousands of articles by over 200 writers

    • Books - gardening books, magazines and publications

    • Suppliers - Canadian & International

    • Links - hundreds of great sites to visit

    • Help - site instructions, Zone Map, Notice Board, In Your Community, New Products, Contributing Writers, Speakers, and Guestbook

There are several other items on the homepage that are extremely useful.

Member login - by using the Member log in on the home page, you will have access to all member specific areas without having to log in again. Further, in the future we plan on offering specific specials to members only when they log in.

Search the site. If you are hunting for something specific, like GMO (genetically modified organisms) or violas this little search box will show you any related articles, books, forum discussions, events, sites, swaps or catalogues. In each case the search shows the category, the total number of matching items and then the first 5 results. Simply click and follow the links.

The home page also displays the most recent activities within the forum. The forum is a very active area where gardeners help each other by answering questions posted by other members.

The home page also shows the most recent articles in two ways - the entire list of new articles (top) and then the same articles broken down into the sections on the right under the various sponsors.


 

Once you have chosen a section from the home page, like the Articles for instance, you are then offered another series of choices to help you more refine your research.

 

 

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