Q: How can I connect with fellow gardeners while still social distancing?

A: Life has changed dramatically for us all, but one bright spot is discovering new ways to connect with fellow gardeners in the virtual world.

My sisters and I live far apart so we like to visit through Zoom meetings. Our conversation often veers to our gardening exploits. Through other platforms like Teams, WebEx and more, many gardening groups offer venues to keep us connected with our gardening friends near and far.

Mercer Botanic Gardens has produced virtual gardening classes such as a recent Facebook Live presentation about gingers and how to plant and take care of these tropical-looking beauties. The Mercer Society is offering virtual plant sales this summer. Shoppers review the choices online, place and pay for their orders, then pick up the plants at a scheduled time, just like ordering food to go! Visit themercersociety.org for upcoming programs and plant sales.

Groups like the Texas Master Naturalists and the Native Plant Society of Texas have scheduled online symposia this fall. The events will include virtual field trips and programs with online question-and-answer sessions.

Per Marcel Proust, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Let’s enjoy new garden adventures in this virtual world.

Suzzanne Chapman
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Suzzanne Chapman is the botanical collections curator at Mercer Botanic Gardens and promotes organic gardening, growing native plants, and protecting the environment. Send your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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