Identifying plants is a major challenge for students new to horticulture. With hundreds of plants to memorize, visual aids are imperative to make the connection between foreign-sounding latin names and the plants they see in the field. Students can view individual plant data (called ePlants) by browsing through dozens of plant images, reviewing a robust summary of information from the database, or exploring the collection of garden images featuring the plant within the design.
Your students have hundreds of plants to memorize – which means they need an easy way to quiz themselves on the plant lists every week. PlantMaster has a clever quizzing tool built right in to the system. Students can test themselves on Botanical Names, Common Names, and/or Family Names for the plants specific to each week of your curriculum.
PlantMaster is a cloud-based database designed specifically for professional landscape designers (or future professional landscape professionals). The system is based upon a 500 field database layout, which makes it perfect for creating plant palettes based on cultural and design constraints. The system can be queried by any combination of zoning, anatomical, cultural, or design criteria. Groups of plants can be gathered into lists for final inclusion in a landscape design. The system enables the creation of plant legends and output to CAD systems.
PlantMaster is free for colleges that teach horticulture. The account can be used by all the instructors in your program as long it’s used for educational purposes only. Students can acquire accounts of their own for the price of a lab fee.
Our department appreciates the time and information that Garden Soft has invested to support the learning of our local horticultural and landscape architecture students. This investment enables our students to be better prepared for a career in the landscape industry and allows instructors the use of easily accessible tools to support a productive horticultural learning environment.
The visual aspect of plant database was excellent in high resolution with many different angles of plant images. Drilling-down search function was quite intuitive and logical to follow, generating the useful information at the end. Besides the GardenSoft application presentation, Gerry was gracious to share his personal experience in landscape business where he had been in for more than 30 years.