By Mary Free and Christa Watters, Extension Master Gardeners
A little over a year ago, we announced The Glossary Project and “Word of the Week.” As we worked to build a glossary of horticultural and botanical terms supplemented with photographs and diagrams, we shared our progress every Monday in 2021 with a “Word of the Week” (WoW) post. So, what happened to those posts in 2022 you may wonder?
Once we had completed enough WoWs, we converted the posts to pages in an indexed format. They now appear in an Illustrated Glossary on our newly reconfigured and updated website in the drop-down menus under Plants as well as Resources.
Like our WoW posts, some entries may be succinct while others may introduce additional botanical terms, explain not only what but how or why, or provide some gardening tips or anecdotes. Hyperlinks in green type link to other words in our Illustrated Glossary. Most image galleries have a brief caption beneath that identifies the different species or other subjects pictured. To enlarge or to learn more about an image and its attribution, click the image in the gallery.
Unlike last year, we will no longer post WoWs. Instead, every Friday as part of the posts promoting our Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic, we will highlight (in a green box and green hyperlink) a glossary word that relates to the featured species. In some cases, it will reacquaint you with a WoW from last year. In other cases, it will introduce you to a new word for 2022.
We hope that you find the glossary useful and will continue to join us as we revisit and add words to enrich our knowledge and our specialized gardening vocabularies.