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What exactly is Gardenality? Read this article to find out!
by Chason Arthur · All Zones · Gardenality History · 11 Comments · March 08, 2011 · 39,700 views

Gardenality Redefined

In 2018, Gardenality became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to educate, engage, and motivate individuals with little-to-no experience with farming, gardening, or plant horticulture through interactive online learning technology. By creating a community of online farmers, gardeners, and horticulturists, Gardenality will serve the public by providing an important learning environment with real-world example of sustainable farming, urban gardening, environmental stewardship, and land conservation. By providing these services, Gardenality seeks to help reverse the downward trend in the number of farms and farmers in the United States and to help educate farmers and gardeners around the world in the best practices of sustainability to ensure the presence and efficacy of farmlands for many generations to come. Please help us to support our mission. Since we are a 501(c)3 charity, your donations are tax-deductible.


Gardenality History

In 2008 chance brought together two visionary minds that just so happen to share two very similar personalities yet two very different skill sets. Brent, the expert gardener, and Chason, the web designer and computer programmer, both able to look at something not for what it is but for what it could become. Together they began to brainstorm a solution to bridge the gap between the cutting edge technological innovation of the 21st century and age-old gardening. Originally, Gardenality was created with the idea of a member-driven site to bring gardeners together from all over the world to share ideas and knowledge.

Over the years the team and vision of Gardenality have changed. While Brent is no longer with Gardenality, we have added new team members like Dr. Nikki Sawyer, a biologist with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University. An avid gardener, environmentalist, and plant geek, Nikki has helped to bridge the transformation of Gardenality into a non-profit organization with a focus on education and land conservation.


How did Gardenality get its name?

As with any new idea, it started as a concept way before it's was given an official name. Originally coined Gardenai by Brent, Chason sought out various dot com sounding names like Gardendom, Gardenoso, and Gardenality. Holding true to our vision of a web site for gardeners, by gardeners, the final call was made after the results of a poll. Gardeners spoke and Gardenality won by a landslide. Now we just couldn't think of any other name that would do!


How was Gardenality made?

Gardenality’s brand, look, and feel were created by Chason. He is also the primary programmer that coded the majority of the approximately 80,000 lines of code that make up the Gardenality BETA. A fellow programmer no longer with the team, Brian Young, contributed to the initial development of the BETA as well, focusing on the various social networking components and keeping Chason from going completely loopy from staring at too much code.


Where did the initial information come from?

Brent lead the charge in creating the hundreds of detailed articles, plants, and thousands of attribute relations. Assisted by a local nursery and several other gardening experts, Gardenality received a major jump start. Now Gardenality is poised to become a major player in plant, gardening, and landscaping information online. We want to be the Wikipedia of gardening! The best part is we treat the information with respect, giving it the latest technological tools so it is indexed properly making it a breeze to search, share, and study.


Where is Gardenality headed?

Gardening is all about growth and Gardenality is no different. Gardenality underwent a big redesign in 2018. We have become a non-profit organization with a mission to educate others about the importance of plant knowledge, farming knowledge, gardening knowledge as well as educating and promoting sustainable farming, urban gardening, environmental stewardship, and land conservation for future generations. With the funds provided by a generous donor, Gardenality made its first land purchase in 2018 towards its goal of helping to conserve land for the future.

But that's not all we have planned! There are many more ideas floating around our heads and we are anxiously awaiting the ideas you share as well. We’ve made the ground, now the sky’s the limit!


How Can I Help?

Option 1: We are partnered with Amazon Smile. You can click here to set up your Amazon Smile Account to use Gardenality. Then, you can shop on Amazon as normal (make sure to log into smile.amazon.com when you shop!) and 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to Gardenality. Thanks!

Option2: Click here to make a donation using our link to PayPal. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible! Our Tax ID number is 83-1416752. Thanks!

Option 3: You can go to our Facebook Page and click "Create Fundraiser" at the top of the page. Follow the instructions to create a personalized fundraiser that will appear on your Facebook feed and encourage your friends and family to help meet the goal that you set. This is a great idea for birthdays and other occasions when you have everything you need and would rather raise money for a worthy cause!

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Brigette Polmar

Brigette Polmar · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Where is your press kit?

7 years ago ·
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Chason Arthur

Chason Arthur · Gardenality Administrator · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
That is a great question, right now it is just waiting around in my cerebral cortex but it really needs to make it into letters. Thanks for reminding us! We'll get right on that :)

7 years ago ·
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Melissa Waugh

Melissa Waugh · Gardenality Seed · Zone 7B · 5° to 10° F
This may sound silly, but I am new to the website, and the little bee at the top blocks my ability to log out. Is there another log out on this screen that I am missing?

6 years ago ·
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Dora Federico

Dora Federico · Gardenality Seedling · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I looked on the home page for a place to upload a picture and ask a question about a name of a flower. I could not locate the area although I did it couple of times.

6 years ago ·
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Christine Freeman

Christine Freeman · Gardenality Seed · Zone 7B · 5° to 10° F
Hello! Just found you via a web search and like the concept a lot. Have been on GardenWeb since 2004, but it never hurts to have experienced opinions!
I'd like to know how to turn off all those notifications. It's far too much email for nothing. I already field over 200 a day and really don't want more. If someone answers or asks me a question directly? Fine....
If I can reduce all that, the membership is worth maintaining.
Thanks for your time,
Christine

4 years ago ·
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Chason Arthur

Chason Arthur · Gardenality Administrator · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Hi Christine! Thank you for your comment. If you login to your account and visit this page you can update your subscriptions. We are working on an update that will limit the amount of notifications sent by default and group them into one email rather than having multiple emails sent.

http://www.gardenality.com/Members/Unsubscribe.aspx

Let me know if you have any problems.

All the best,
Chason

4 years ago ·
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Christine Freeman

Christine Freeman · Gardenality Seed · Zone 7B · 5° to 10° F
OMG, thank you. Given that my question generated 3 email, then an email for your response, I was going to terminate the membership already. Now we'll see how it goes! I appreciate your response.

4 years ago ·
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DeEtta Mayberry

DeEtta Mayberry · Gardenality Sprout · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I have some photos to send to John Heider through my email. What is your email address?

2 years ago ·
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Elena Jenewein

Elena Jenewein · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I am still waiting for the two Plum Delight plants I ordered in august, 2017 at a cost of $62.09 when will they be sent???

1 year ago ·
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Patrick King

Patrick King · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
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Priya Singh · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
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