Part two in our gardenblog roundup looks in on public gardens, some of whom are so media-savvy they’re actually blogging. The Scott Arboretum’s blog is terrific, with input from many of its
garden staffers. Called Garden Seeds, it includes the "About the Authors" information I’m such a stickler for – yes! My only nit-pick is to suggest that they put categories in the sidebar, not hidden behind "Archives" in the
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA hired an actual blogger to promote the garden in its 25th anniversary year, and no surprise – she up and started a blog. She reads other garden blogs and quickly became part of the conversation – essential for a blog’s success. But how about a little "About this Blog" page, with information about the author(s)?
Now this IS impressive – the New York Botanical Garden has leapt into not just blogging but social networking, covering all possible bases – Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. But it’s blogs we’re critiquing here, so kudos to their Plant Talk blog for having this vision of its purpose, from "About this Blog":
Plant Talk is the official Web log of The New York Botanical Garden. As
an online multimedia journal it presents Garden-related topics through
the voices of the people who work, volunteer, or study here. The blog
offers a behind-the-scenes, personalized perspective on stories not
found in other communications channels and aims to create an informal
dialogue with the public.
Isn’t that exactly what institutional (or corporate, for that matter) blogs SHOULD do. With individual bylines and
photos for each post. Though I managed to find a tiny error – the sidebar "blogroll" isn’t actually a blogroll but come to think of it, why not add one? And make it regional – metro-NY blogs, and maybe links to community gardens, garden clubs, and more? That would be a resource for readers AND reward/stimulate local bloggers to write about the NYBG. Win/win and all that.
So, readers, what do YOU think of these trail-blazing blogs? And do you know of any others?