This is something very interesting from a technology perspective relating to the use of QR codes. Some folks are aware of QR codes and have seen them in different situations, and some have never heard of QR codes. They are useful devices for accessing cloud-based information without typing in long web addresses/URLs.
Over the past decade, Nancy Duffy has built a lovely ornamental garden but has been frustrated for years with her plant tags. “With thousands of plants in my garden it’s hard to remember all the names,” said Nancy. “I walk the garden with my gardening friends and crawl around the ground looking for a tag, which may or may not be there and if it is, it may not be legible anymore.”
A professional garden designer and avid gardener, Nancy came up with a solution. Muddy Boots Plant Tags are durable plant tags that can be scanned by a smart phone, retrieving information about the plant that the gardener has input into the Muddy Boots Garden Record-Keeping Application. “Instead of crawling around to find the tag and reading the tag, often at ground level, you scan the tag and read information about your plant on your phone,” said Nancy.
The Muddy Boots Garden Record-Keeping Application allows gardeners to organize all the information about their garden in one place, accessible from a computer, smartphone or tablet. “Gardeners can keep much better records about their plants including journal notes and pictures. No more tattered notebooks and file folders,” said Nancy. “And the gardener can access the data from the house or out in the garden. The interactive, scannable plant tags can be scanned by the gardener or visitors with a simple QR code scanner on a smartphone or tablet.”
Mignon Durham is an avid gardener using Muddy Boots Plant Tags in Asheville, NC and she says, “I am a detail geek, with a bent to documentation, photography, and maintaining folders of plant tags and sales receipts. Muddy Boots Plant Tags is the perfect solution. Muddy Boots Plant Tags now has all my plant and garden history (three years of information now available on my iPad, iPhone, or laptop). Furthermore, any plants with a QR coded plant tag can be scanned on a smartphone while out in the garden for access to its entire record.”
Bullington Gardens, a 12-acre horticultural education center and public garden in Henderson County NC, has recently selected Muddy Boots Plant Tags. “We are excited to implement Muddy Boots Plant Tags. The Record-Keeping Application will allow us to better organize information about our remarkable plant collection and the plant tags will make that information accessible to our many visitors,” said John Murphy, Director of Bullington Gardens.
Muddy Boots Plant Tags are made of aluminum and feature a unique QR code that links it to the plant data in the Garden Record-Keeping Application. The tags are durable and made to hold up for years in the elements. These plant tags are available in bundles of five at the website. A purchase of plant tags is not required when using the Garden Record-Keeping Application; however, the plant tags are necessary for scanning plants while out in the garden.
The Muddy Boots Garden Record-Keeping Application is free for gardeners with up to 25 plants and 50 photos. Gardeners with more plants and photos may purchase a subscription for $4.95 per month, or $49.95 per year allowing up to 500 plant records and 5,000 photos. There are higher level plans for larger gardens described at the website. All levels include unlimited plant and garden journal notes and are “Ad Free” – no ads whatsoever appear in the Garden Record-Keeping Application.