Local gardening-related Facebook and email groups are great ways to learn, get or give away extra plants, meet neighbors who garden, plan get-togethers and more. Some are DC-area wide, some more local. Join!
The DC Gardeners open Facebook Group launched in March of 2015 as a place for local gardeners to share verbally and with photos.
The groups listed below are all Yahoo Groups, so easy to use. To find them, put “Yahoo groups [name of Group]” into Google. If it’s “restricted” that just means the new members need to confirm that they’re not spammers.
Here are the known email groups so far, starting with the oldest. If you know of others, leave a comment with the name and it’ll be added.
Takoma Hort launched in 2001 and now has 613 members across the region, concentrated in Takoma/Silver Spring. Very lively and civil, too. Open to all, not just members of the Takoma Horticultural Club. Click here for info and to join.
Washington Gardener launched in 2005 by Washington Gardener Magazine publisher Kathy Jentz. Now with 676 members, it’s the go-to group for info about what’s happening garden-wise in the region. Click here for info and to join.
DC Urban Gardeners was started by Master Gardeners in 2007. Now with 1,148 members, it’s connected with Washington DC Gardeners, which is a “city-wide organization promoting a greener District of Columbia through volunteer activities in environmentalism and earth-friendly horticulture. We welcome gardeners and environmentalists of all stripes looking for ways to engage in public education and hands-on greening projects.” Click here for info and to join.
The Four Seasons Garden Club’s Yahoo group is a great email group for plant geeks. The group also organizes day trips to gardens, growers, etc. Click here for info and to join.
Greenbelt Gardeners launched in 2013 and is soooo local, members regularly walk by each others’ gardens, front and back! Its 76 members get together at regular plant swaps. Click here for info, and to join.