Gardenguides.com provides academic information such as taxonmomy as well as practical information that assists the user with garden design, pests & diseases, and organic gardening resources.
Type of Material:
This website offers guides that list plant species within a variety of different areas of interest. IT offers videos, articles and recipes. Essentially, Gardenguides.com provides a little bit of everything.
Use this website to plan and design a new garden or renovate an old garden. Solve problems with pests and diseases as well. If you are interested in using an organic gardening approach, you will find resources on this website that can help get you started.
Basic web browser navigation. Videos are Adobe Flash.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
There are no specifically stated learning goals, but the web site is clearly designed to connect the academically minded gardener with the hobbyist.
Target Student Population:
Intended for use by undergraduate level students as well as gardening hobbyists.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
For the taxonomic aspect, it would be good to have had at least Introductory Botany. The rest of the website has resources that can assist the novice gardener as well as the advanced.
Evaluation and Observation
The information is accurate and provides a good basic background about the material
All of the content for this site (academic or general gardening) provides excellent information and guidance
The fact that this website combines the academic aspects with the general gardening resources is very appealing
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Connects basic botanical knowledge with applicable gardening practices
The pedagogy of providing information is a nice blend of learning and interactivity
The site could effective for students looking for information on gardening and individual projects
The introduction to taxonomy could be expanded
The introduction to botany concepts could be further developed
Material is basically text and images, which may not be very exciting for users who prefer animations
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The information is well organized
Site is fast and intuitive
No defective links or major bugs were found
Very easy to navigate to the different major sections of site
No defects were detected in the way the interactive lessons are presented