Friday, May 13, 2011

What's wrong with this picture?

As a garden writer, I've ended up on an email list for garden PR people.  Most of the material is lame: "Here's an article so & so wrote and we think you should repost it on YOUR website or blog..." blah blah boring.

But this week I receive an email with this subject line:

"Hello!Here's a cool video on flowers and native plants for Florida"

I perked up. Someone's finally realizing what we've been preaching for so long. So I open the email:

"Hello!
Here’s a neat video on Florida plants and flowers with great tips on drought tolerant plants and flowers that thrive in Florida’s hot, humid climate and add gorgeous color year-round to any landscape. Plus, for folks who want to attract butterflies to their garden, this quick and lively video will show how to create a beautiful butterfly garden that’s eye-catching and good for wildlife. Many thanks!"

There was the link to the video and it was signed by a PR agent in PA with the motto:

On the web at www.GardenMediaGroup.com and http://blog.gardenmediagroup.com
"Your reputation is our mission."
 
Here's the video:
 
 
 
Any native plants there?  How about food for larvae? What about placing those plants so close together for an "instant" effect?
 
I think we still have a lot of work to do!! What do you think? 
 
Ginny Stibolt

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

As someone who claims to be educated in this arena this year I finally began a butterfly garden. I have been to the box store to select certain host plants (limited at best) and took notice of the crafty branding they have taken.
The plant selection is great for a butterfly or two maybe even some pollinators. But to represent Fl native in an email very misleading to those not in the know.....

As a novice in the butterfly garden world I have found out doing it the right way with natives/nearby host material etc. Brings a lifetime of love to the Florida Garden - so much more to enjoy.

Ellen said...

Yup. More boring PR. This time for Costa masquerading as a "cool video". I like how they recommend watering the plants everyday after describing them as drought tolerant. Is it possible that whomever emailed it doesn't know what a native plant is?

Anonymous said...

First I'd say, get rid of the lawn in the background!