Where Can I Buy A Blank Gardener's Journal?

MidnightStormFebruary 13, 2006

Can anyone tell me where I can buy a nice Gardener's Journal to keep my garden notes and make my garden plans? I've seen a few here and there but none of them are exactly what I'm looking for. There doesn't seem to be much of a selection out there (unless I'm just looking in the wrong places). I'd rather find a real journal than keeping my notes on my computer.

I was thinking that a spiral-bound Gardener's Journal or Planner book might be good. Something with a good qauality of paper (not the thin, cheap paper that local discount stores sell). I don't want a regular writer's journal with totally blank pages as I need something set up in a calendar-type format especially for gardeners. I'd like something with a pretty or whimsical cover.

Can anyone out there send me some links to companies who sell Gardener's Journals? Thanks for your help.

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katycopsey(Z7bGA)

I haven't looked for garden journals per se, but B&N and Waldenbooks/Borders etc have a decent selection of notebooks and writing gifts in their physical stores. One of the nicest I got (not from the above but a gift) was a scented garden journal from England. Problem was it was so beautiful that I didn't want to write in it! I still have it with very few notes inside, those that are there are on bits of paper.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2006 at 9:02PM
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nandina(8b)

In this age of computers I make my own on three ring notepaper (puching my own holes). Easy to do and months plus topics can be set up and printed for your needs. This way I can use the type of paper I wish, set up the paging with tabs, create an index, print out tidbits picked up off the web, etc. And, most important to me, it allows the flexibility to move notes on this year's trials/experiments into next year's journal so I have a continuous record. It is not a thing of beauty, just practical, which is what I need. Also, I include the pre-punched plastic sleeves into which I insert pictures and articles of interest. Many are doing their journals on the computer, but I prefer to have a hands-on record for each year.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 11:09AM
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rusty_blackhaw(6a)

I've found blank bound volumes to use as journals on sale at Borders. Inexpensive, good quality paper.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 6:12PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

For my first journal I used a large calendar with plenty of space to write in for each day. It hung on the wall and was readily available so I didn't forget. It was easy to refer to look up what was blooming, for instance, on a certain day. I then transferred the info at the end of the year into a regular journal but kept the calendar because I used it more than the journal. It worked for me.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2006 at 11:53AM
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MidnightStorm

Thank you all for the good ideas I'm getting (I love this web site!). I would really prefer to have a nicely-illustrated, 'store bought' journal to write my notes and plans in but I'm finding that most of those don't have any type of calendar in them; they're just totally blank. If I can't locate one soon I may need to re-think things. I might consider going with a 3-ring binder at that point, and just looking for some pretty template pages that I can print out from my computer. Call me crazy but I want my journal to look nice (not just untilitarian). So please keep the good ideas coming if anyone knows of web sites with garden journals (with calendars) or of garden journal template pages that I can download.

The journal in this link is a good example of a nice garden journal like I have in mind except that it doesn't have any calendar pages:

Here is a link that might be useful: Pretty Garden Journal (but no calendar)

    Bookmark   February 16, 2006 at 2:45PM
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Nell Jean

To make my utilitarian white 3 ring binders more attractive, I cut out a page with photos or print one of my own to slide inside the clear cover.

Much of what we think about, someone has already tried. Have you tried a search for 'journal pages'? 'Garden pages' brought up garden web site pages, but journal brings up lots of templates.

Nell
Here's one:

Here is a link that might be useful: Journal Pages Printables

    Bookmark   February 26, 2006 at 10:42PM
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kimpossible

"Lee Valley" (you can order on-line), is a great company that offers a few choices of different types of gardening journals. I bought a 10 year journal from them with all kinds of features. They also have alot of gardening tools, books, supplies, gadgets, etc.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 5:44PM
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ritadc(z7 VA)

I found a great one at Monticello. You could probably call there and get one.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2006 at 11:03PM
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ginny12

Or go online to their gift shop.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2006 at 8:49AM
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hollys_hints(5)

Check out www.aGardenersJournal.com
This journal provides flexibilty. pages can be added and there is plenty of space to put your notes on the different charts & forms.

Here is a link that might be useful: A Gardener's Journal

    Bookmark   December 21, 2007 at 2:32PM
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fohhoprez(5)

Hi, there. I have an unused Gardener's Journal from Gooseberry Patch that's been sitting on my shelf for a few years. If you'd like it, you can have it for $7 including postage via Media Mail. Please feel free to contact me personally about shipping the book. Thanks!

Pamela
Fruit of Her Hands Organics
www.fruitofherhandsorganics.com

Here is a link that might be useful: Fruit of Her Hands Organics

    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 4:57AM
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Patricia43(z8 AL)

Most of the boutique-type stationers will have very nice bound journals. I use mine for "pasting" notes from my mother, grandmother, pictures of them in their gardens, pictures of my garden and grandchildren/children but my "gardening notes" are kept on computer. The pretty journal that I have is for posterity, for the children to pass along.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 11:47AM
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ray_organic

I do hand bound journals with covers of my own blue jeans paper that I make by recycling old denim jeans. I am happy to customize a journal with page content, checklists, etc. I can even do a gardeners journal with a Japanese ledger style stab binding designed to be hung by the binding ribbon on a nail or peg in your potting shed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Blue Jeans Paper

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 5:23PM
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bcronan

gardenscribe is exactly what you are looking for - it is a high quality binder with beautiful pages, places for photos and tags and graph paper and templates to design gardens

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.gardenscribe.com

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 6:39PM
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bcronan

gardenscribe is exactly what you are looking for - it is a high quality binder with beautiful pages, places for photos and tags and graph paper and templates to design gardens

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.gardenscribe.com

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 7:05PM
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lianed04_comcast_net

Go to the Etsy hand crafted site. You will find some great ones that are fully formatted and ready to go in one of the online shops called PRAIRIE GARDEN (PrairieGarden). You can even choose from a variety of covers. Perfect!

Here is a link that might be useful: PrairieGarden

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 12:04AM
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acadia2431(6b - 7)

I bought a lovely one on Amazon. It's published by P. Allen Smith. Space for writing, pockets. Love it.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 11:45AM
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cjc45(9 Mount Dora FL)

You can put together papers that you like, including calendars, pictures, etc and take it to just about any copy shop and have it spiral bound.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 2:14PM
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ncrobby

Amazon has some really nice ones, expensive ones too. I have been looking for one too. Let me know if you find a really good one you like.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 6:17PM
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