If you are a gardener and not on Twitter, no-one can really make you join. But you may be choosing to exclude yourself for some really really great chats.
At least, I’ve found them to be wonderful places to learn, share and socialize with some awesome, fun and knowledgeable folks.
And they don’t have to stay digital. There is an annual twitter seedswap I’ve learned of, and participants often meet up if they know they will be in the same areas or conventions (MANTS 2015 is a great example). I’m looking forward to participating and learning even more from these groups 🙂
If you are new to Twitter chats, they are scheduled events, and you track the conversation as well as join in through hash-tags (yes THOSE. The annoying things you always wondered why people use. They are really very useful ways of tracking and cataloging topics on social media even outside of Twitter)
I expect I will be updating this list as I go, so please leave others that you love in the comments (or if I’ve gotten anything wrong or it needs updates, please correct me!). Where possible, descriptions are taken directly from the chats’ resources.
2-3pm EST – #plantchat
A weekly chat to discuss the business and educational aspects of horticulture. Our goal is to help educate and inform those who uses our products on trends in the industry, tips and how to’s for success in their gardens and landscape, sustainable and organic approaches and targeting the next generation horticulturists to advance the industry. Partners include; American Horticultural Society, Corona Tools, Proven Winners, Rodale Institute, Emergent
Twitter account: @itsplantchat
Tweetchat Room: tweetchat.com/room/plantchat
9-10pm EST – #gardenchat
#gardenchat was created in 2010 by a group of garden enthusiasts who enjoyed sharing on the social network Twitter about their gardens. The hashtag was used as a Twitter based chat forum where garden enthusiasts from all walks of life connect and interact sharing ideas about their experience growing. As social media has evolved so has #gardenchat and the tagging can be found on Instagram, Google+, Facebook, just to name a few. Connect-Share-Grow Website was created in 2010 to help people connect with others, share and grow successfully.
The #gardenchat Community consists of many gardening enthusiasts at all levels of growing. Many join in the conversation just to enjoy the beautiful gardens and flowers that are shared daily on the social network platform. Follow our networking on this website where you will find the current shares on Instagram,Vine,Twitter and Flickr. When you share using the #gardenchat hashtag you become a part of the growing community.
Find out what events are scheduled on Twitter and Google Hang-Outs on the Calendar
Twitter account: @TheGardenChat
Info Link: http://connect-share-grow.com/
2-3pm EST – #treechat
A weekly chat to discuss the business and educational aspects of arboriculture. Our goal is to help educate and inform arborists, property managers and homeowners on what’s going on in the industry. Tree news, tips and how to’s for property managers, and strategies for arborists to market their businesses on social networks. Partners include; Alliance for Community Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, Bartlett Tree Experts, Corona Tools
Twitter account: @treechat
Tweetchat Room: tweetchat.com/room/treechat
8:30-9:15pm EST – #gardenchatter
Google Hangout for #gardenchat. Find out what events are scheduled on Twitter and Google Hang-Outs on the Calendar
Twitter account: @TheGardenChat
9-10pm EST – #pollin8rchat
A weekly discussion centered around pollinators and pollination
2-3pm EST – #landscapechat
A weekly chat to discuss the business and educational aspects of landscape management and landscape architecture. Our goal is to help educate and inform landscape contractors property managers and homeowners on what’s going on in the industry, water and sustainability, and targeting the next generation horticulturists and land archs careers to advance the industry. Partners include; Lawn and Landscape, Land 8, Planet Professional Landcare Network, Ewing, Corona Tools
Twitter account: @landscapechat
Tweetchat Room: http://tweetchat.com/room/landscapechat
9-10pm EST – #seedchat
Launched December 1st 8pm Central/9pm Eastern. The seediest chat on Twitter hosted by @mrbrownthumb & @xitomatl Let’s talk seeds
Twitter account: @SeedChat
Info Link: http://www.seedchat.com/
9-10pm EST – #rosechatradio
Live chats weekly. This top rated rose gardening podcast covers all things ROSE! Listen anytime on-demand via Web, iTunes & Stitcher APPS. Follow the #RoseChat hashtag
Twitter account: @Rose_Chat
2-3pm EST – #herbchat
A weekly twitter chat discussing herbs
2-3pm EST #groundchat
An earthy weekly tweetups on all things soil. Let’s talk dirt!
Twitter account: @GroundChat