Journal archives for April 2020

April 24, 2020

What can we find this weekend?

Congrats to user mandijyn, who logged the most species in the first 24 hours of Project Stay Planted, besting even our staff participants and earning a special prize package! That’s right—we're giving prizes during the project, so get out there and log your plant, fungi, and lichen observations.

If you have signed up for the project and haven’t made an observation yet, take a few minutes this weekend and just snap a photo of the first plant you see outside to get a feel for how easy it is. Once you start, it’s hard to stop! In fact, I’ve heard more than one project participant call it “addictive.”

For me, I’ve been stunned at the diversity beneath my feet. On Wednesday, I slowed down and took my time to survey an area I walk by every day. I sounded like Ariel, the Little Mermaid, as I marveled, “What’s this? What’s THIS? What’s this!” with every step. Common bogbuttons carpeting the earth, pineland rayless goldenrod poking up like little rays of sunshine, smilax species competing against each other as they wrapped around other plants—I had been overlooking all these plants, and many more I found. Now, I have a connection to them and can check in with them on future walks!

It looks like we’ll get some much-needed rain in Southwest Florida this weekend. Rain seems to be in the forecast, too, for our project participants in Missouri, New Hampshire, and Texas! April showers do bring May flowers, I suppose. How about this weekend, in between rain showers, we all go out and find a flower that is new to us? Look for one you’ve maybe seen, but whose name you don’t know. Learning a plant name doesn’t have to be intimidating—just think of it like you’re learning the name of a new friend.

Happy bioblitzing!

Posted on April 24, 2020 21:54 by brittpattweb brittpattweb | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 30, 2020

Help Project Stay Planted log 500 species!

Let’s celebrate biodiversity by finding it. From Maine to Texas all the way down to here in Florida, we have members from across the United States logging plant, lichen, and fungi near their homes. We are SO CLOSE to logging 500 different species in Project Stay Planted. Let’s see if we can work together to reach that milestone! Scroll through the species observations other members have already made. Is there a plant, lichen, or fungus near you that isn’t yet represented in our project? Snap a picture and log your observation!

Stay updated and read highlights on our journal posts here, on the leaderboard of the project page, and by visiting

Posted on April 30, 2020 21:54 by merrherr merrherr | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 22, 2020

Thanks for Joining Project Stay Planted!

Stay up to date on project highlights now through May 25 by checking our journal posts here and on Naples Botanical Garden’s website,

Watch the video below to learn why you should participate in Project Stay Planted. We hope you go out and discover the nature near you!

Posted on April 22, 2020 21:33 by merrherr merrherr | 0 comments | Leave a comment