Dear Timber employees: Consider yourself warned. Next time I see one of you in person, I'm going to plant a big, sloppy kiss right on your face for getting behind an iPhone app like this. I know, I know–there are a few gardening apps out there already. But where are the experts? The horticultural rock stars? I don't want just any old gardening app. I want a gardening app like–well, like this one from none other than Michael Dirr!
Now all Timber needs is a name. Read on.
Picture a garden. Picture a problem corner. Perhaps it’s dry, shady, and in zone 3. What that corner needs is a woody plant, preferably one with flowers. Now picture going through aaaall your books trying to find the right combination of traits. Daunting, right?
Now, picture starting up our brand new iPhone app, called …. Well, we don’t have a name for it yet. That’s where you come in!
We at Timber Press are very pleased to announce the arrival this summer of our brand new iPhone app, based on The Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, the bestselling classic by Michael Dirr. The app covers 1670 species and 7800 cultivars, and includes 7600 photographs. It is searchable by 72 criteria, including things like hardiness zones, water and light requirements, and growth characteristics. You can sort by common or scientific name, and there is also an A-Z browse feature.
It’s a stellar application for gardeners and designers, and the only thing missing is a catchy name. We thought it would be fun to see what you think it should be named. What will you get out of this? Well, in addition to bragging rights, if we choose your name, you will get $100 in Timber Press books, and a free download of the app in question.
To enter, leave a comment telling us what you think this app should be called. You can also contact us on Twitter.
(Note–Since the contest runs for a month, it would be great if you could make it easy on Timber and include a way to contact you in your comment. Either link to your website/blog or include an email address, and you can do the foil-the-spammer thing of spelling it out, like this: amy at amy stewart dot com. We at GardenRant can often track down your email address somehow, but any help you can give us on this one would be appreciated.)
You may enter as many ideas as you wish, but there will only be one winner. By submitting a name, you waive all rights to it. We reserve the right to not use any of the submitted ideas, or to modify them as necessary. This contest runs through the end of July, and we will pick a winner and notify that person in early August. The contest is open to anyone, but if you live outside of the US or Canada, you will be required to pay shipping costs for the books.Posted by Garden Rant on July 8, 2010 at 4:12 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.