Cold Climate Gardening Resources You May Not Know About

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I was just helping out a gardener who moved from California to upstate NY. (I think she’s over the shock.) It made me realize that not everyone who stops by thinks to look at the top menu bar to see what else is here. So come along and take a tour with me. And just remember that I take suggestions for these pages from my readers, as long as they meet my criteria.

Cold Climate Resource Section

  • Online Information is the meatiest page in this section, offering everything from hardiness zones from around the world, to assessing frost and freeze damage, to drought maps. If it’s a good source of information that relates to cold climate gardening, I link to it here.
  • Gardens and Gardeners profiles public and private cold climate gardens and their gardeners.
  • Merchants who are located in a cold climate or sell primarily plants suitable for a cold climate are listed on this page.
  • Yes, there are Magazines written for cold climate gardening. Check them out here.
  • Want to talk about gardening? There are Discussion Forums just for cold climate gardening. You can also start a discussion on the Cold Climate Gardening Facebook Page, or join in the discussion I already started on microclimates.
  • I’ve listed some of the most helpful Books on the resource page, but you can read book reviews here.
  • Best of the Hardiest is my attempt to find the hardiest almost-hardy plants. Does that make sense?
  • Clippings is where I keep notations on paper-and-ink information related to cold climate gardening. Let me know if you have recommendations for this page.

Cold Climate FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is a blog category that I’ve singled out in the top menu bar to make it easy to find. If you are new to cold climate gardening, you may find the answer to your question here. If you don’t find the answer, use the contact form to ask me and I’ll see if I can help–and perhaps turn it into a blog post for this section.


Did you know I’ve been blogging here since 2002? My archives are organized by date and by category. You can also click on the tags at the end of every post for more on the tagged subjects.


If you are on Facebook, you can follow Cold Climate Gardening via the Networked Blogs app. When you like the Cold Climate Facebook Page, you get photos and little tidbits of information that didn’t merit a blog post. It’s also another place to ask gardening questions. If you decide to friend me (Kathy Purdy), please send along a little note saying you read my blog. I like to know why people are friending me.

Other Stuff

There’s more stuff here that’s not specifically related to cold climates, but are garden-related interests of mine, so I try to offer useful links on them. There’s the Garden Blog Directory, a section on Upstate NY gardening, a section with policies and information related to this site, and a comprehensive Amazon store. All of that can be accessed from the top navigation bar. In addition, on the sidebar you can access Essays that I and others have written, a resource section on Cottage Gardening, a series on the earliest Garden Blog Pioneers, clippings of a general nature, and the collected wisdom of readers who have commented on posts related to the brown marmorated stink bug.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens April 14, 2011, 7:15 am

Thanks, Kathy. I am one of your reader who had no idea that all this helpful information was available. Carolyn