Homeowners Save Up to $30 Thousand on Landscaping

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Save 5% to 15% on landscaping; the median-value American home worth $213,000.

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According to Ann Archer, published author on MSN, traditional thinking says the average homeowner pays anywhere from 5% to 15% of their home’s value on landscaping. Even at the low end of this range, homeowners will invest $10,500 if they live in the median-value American home worth $213,000.

http://www.GardenHere.com offers an alternative that can save homeowners up to $30,000 by collaborating with more than 3,000 other home gardening and landscape members. By working together through the Internet, http://www.GardenHere.com makes it possible for homeowners to spend a fraction of what it would normally cost to add natural beauty and value to their home.

Known as the friendliest home gardening community on the Internet, http://www.GardenHere.com makes it easy for home gardeners and do-it-yourself landscapers to exchange plants, seeds and flowers. Members can set up their own trade lists to let other home gardeners know what they have ready to trade and which plants they would like in exchange. Some members are even willing to share extra plants free -- just for postage.

“Registration and membership are free at http://www.GardenHere.com,” says founder, Al Stubblefield, “and, member benefits are much more than being able to trade and exchange plants, seeds, and flowers. There are also tons of gardening tips, photo galleries, a chat room, private mail services, a garden auction, zone lookup, local weather, garden tools, free downloads and member calendars.”

Features and forums at http://www.GardenHere.com are provided in response to requests from the 3,000 plus members and the more than 1 million unique visitors who visit the site each year. For instance, a new forum, Interiorscape, is being introduced this week for members who want to decorate the inside of their home as well as the outside. The new forum includes topics ranging from painting, cleaning and interior design to furniture arrangement.

Moderators for the http://www.GardenHere.com forums are member volunteers who share gardening tips, help new members learn their way around the site and provide free seed packets to members who become active participants. Many of the articles published on GardenHere.com are written by volunteer member journalists.

http://www.GardenHere.com member Sharon had this to say about this unusual approach to home gardening and do-it-yourself landscaping, “Thank you so much for starting this friendly site. GardenHere is what I have wanted to find for years. We are retired and on a fixed income, and plants are getting so expensive. This is just what people like me need, and I really look forward to all the fun and learning, and making new friends.”

About GardenHere:

GardenHere freely serves home gardeners and neighborhood garden clubs. Membership is free. Members are invited to join the forums and post free exchanges, garden tips or just trade conversation with other home gardeners.

GardenHere also offers a garden auction, plant encyclopedia, a garden journal in their free download area, garden calculators, a chat room, and hardiness zone look up tool.

GardenHere makes it easy for members to trade plants, seeds and flowers. Members share home gardening tips and plant propagation techniques. Everyone is welcome to upload plant and flower pictures, give garden advice, ask questions or just say "hello."

Each month over 100 thousand unique visitors drop by GardenHere to research plants, talk gardening, meet other home gardeners, and exchange free plants, seeds and flowers.

“GardenHere is one of America’s favorite home gardening communities on the Internet, says owner and web designer Al Stubblefield. “Thousands of home gardeners have joined the GardenHere forums. It is a popular place to make friends, do garden exchanges, trade home gardening tips, and get plant advice.”

One new member had this to say, “Thanks to you all whom I have had the opportunity to trade with. I love being able to share my flowers with others. I think I have driven all of my friends and family crazy trying to give them starts of the same things every year. Now I don't have to just get rid of my plants, I can share with all the GardenHere members. Thanks for allowing us the great opportunity to share with gardeners every where." Melissa

Another GardenHere member from Adair, Oklahoma said, “I have just recently found this gardening website and absolutely love it. If anyone would be interested in some Bearded Irises, please let me know. I have three beds that are extremely out of control!”

A home gardener from Boulder, Montana had this to say about GardenHere. “I just wanted to thank you for this wonderful home gardening website you have created. This is a great idea . . .!”

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