The Plant Encyclopedia:About

From The Plant Encyclopedia

The Global Guide To Cultivated Plants

Search for any plant on Earth? How is this possible?
The Plant Encyclopedia serves a page for every plant species ever recognized by Botany on Earth. Currently The Plant Encyclopedia includes 300,000+ plant pages. It is a not-for-profit, open-authored wiki resource, authored by the public worldwide. This is the first public resource to ever do this in human history. The information in the Encyclopedia is designed for fast and easy reference.  Information is gathered worldwide, and available open and freely. Each page is intended to give an conglomerate overview of human knowledge of that plant, including access points out to even more specialized resources. Each plant page is dynamic, using automated semantic technologies, open data, and direct wiki public authoring, to ensure that each plant page is constantly being updated and improving as global plant knowledge improves. The plant encyclopedia is the ultimate place to start a search for plant information.

To provide the fastest, easiest, and most comprehensive access point to plant information globally for gardeners, horticulturists, and botanists.
While entering "the information age" we are also experiencing the greatest mass-plant extinction every seen in the history of our planet. The opportunity and need for humanity to act as stewards and cultivators of their environments is apparent. Aden Earth Inc serves The Plant Encyclopedia as a global resource freely, under creative commons standards of open information, in order for humanity to share and build knowledge of plants.

Long-term Goal:
Botanists estimate that 86% percent of plant species still remain unknown, and as these lists of plants grow, The Plant Encyclopedia is updated. Each of the 300,000+ plant species represented by a page in The Plant Encyclopedia has many 'varieties' that have never been listed in one resource, paper or digital. The vast majority of these 'varieties' have never even been entered on the internet and reside only in herbariums, and books, disconnected around the world and not available to the public globally. The Plant Encyclopedia is the perfect platform to serve the estimated 1.25 million plant 'varieties' as information on them becomes digital.

Each plant page on this website and app provides detailed scientific information, and valuable instructions for gardeners. As well, a slideshow of images is displayed on each page. It is designed to help people identify and grow their own gardens. The ability to easily access this information on your computer or phone, while gardening or while out experiencing nature is very unique and valuable. Each page also features an edit button, which allows all users to easily and conveniently edit and add information to the site. All that is needed is a log in, which can be done through Twitter, Facebook, or directly on the site. Anyone, anywhere can add and edit the site.

These plant pages were combined through the help and efforts of horticulturists, gardening authors, data scientists and semantic technology experts around the world.  The Plant Encyclopedia was created with new technology that organizes massive amounts of information from sources like science journals, Wikipedia, Wikispecies, and even piles of old gardening books.  The site also serves open-data from other places. For-instance if someone uploads an image of a plant you may see that image served dynamically on The Plant Encyclopedia. These features make it the best and most comprehensive  place to search for plant information.  

The Plant Encyclopedia is a leap forward in creating structured wikis that organize information. It's an ambitious new web initiative developed by the organization Aden Earth in collaboration with other leading web innovators. By combining wiki collaboration, with semantic technology, and an easy interface that requires no coding, The Plant Encyclopedia has established a completely new type of website and is part of the shift that is being coined 'web 3.0'. The Aden Earth team has named their new software package "Wikitree" (protected under license [(CC BY-NC-SA)] ).

Although originating from the Wikipedia platform, The Plant Encyclopedia has become very different from it's parent. It has been specialized to plant reference, with a branching structure of categorization, based on 'binomial nomenclature' (scientific plant categorization) and latin standards of plant naming, making it easy to find any plant, anywhere in the wold, by either latin, or by searching for a colloquial common name. There are never duplicates, nor orphaned pages due to the site's built in intelligence. Through public interaction, the site essentially builds itself. In the Plant Encyclopedia, data is linked to data, allowing edits that are made to affect changes site-wide on multiple associated pages and reorganizing whatever is needed.

On The Plant Encyclopdia's growth from Wikipedia, The Plant List, Wikispecies, and other platforms:
Wikipedia was the most comprehensive source for public plant information ever created, but it was not a complete listing. The first complete list of all plant species on Earth was created as a joint collaborative project of Kew Gardens and The Missouri Botanical Gardens under the name, The Plant List. Wikipedia is not a specific enough resource to be useful for someone looking just for botanical plant information. As the resource for 'the sum of humanities' knowledge' Wikipedia serves comprehensive pages that serve much information unrelated to cultivation, and sometimes don't include growing instructions at all.  Gardening books have standardized layouts which were adopted in The Plant Encyclopedia, designed to serve this specialized need.

The Plant Encyclopedia not only includes every plant species on Earth but is also structured and categorized in accordance with the science of plant taxonomy. It's truely the ultimate resource every created. This page organization and this all happens automatically without authors even realizing it. Public authors build the structure of the site itself simply by creating and adding information about their favourite plants, in a way that's as simple and fun as creating a Facebook page. This all happens through a major innovation rolled out in this wiki can be seen on the 'Easy Edit' form. To contribute properly to Wikipedia, an editor must know coding called 'Wikitext'. With The Plant Encyclopedia, anyone can edit and contribute to a page. There's no need to know any codes or even be computer savvy. There is an easy step-by-step form used to contribute; just click the 'Easy Edit' tab on any plant page, or click 'Add A Plant'. The 'Easy Edit' form, tells the site's semantic a.i. where to add appropriate information on all other associated pages. An author can make one edit and that will be reflected across many pages, moving them, keeping them up-to-date, and easily found by gardeners.  The more contributors edit a page over time, the more the information becomes precise.  It's a unique combination of crowd-sourcing, semantic intelligent software architecture, and user-interfaces that guide any plant enthusiast to contribute in a easy and fun way.

All media within is protected by an international Creative Commons License [1]. This license allows the encyclopedia's material to be used an open resource for the public of the world to add-upon, improve, and share; the goal being to make available the sum of humanity's horticultural knowledge easily accessed and available across the planet.

Aden Earth Hardiness Zones

The Toronto, Canada based organization Aden Earth has developed the first ever World Plant Hardiness Zone Map. This milestone is creating horticulture history and is an extraordinary achievement for a small technology 'start-up' company.

This is the first time all the various systems used to index plant hardiness across the globe have been brought together in one uniform scale of hardiness zones. This map is to be used as a tool for landscapers and gardeners globally and will be available in interactive form, free to the public, and associated with  The Plant Encyclopedia.

The map was created using satellite thermal image data from multiple sources. The data used to create the map was gathered from over a decade of research around climate change and 'minimum temperatures' globally. The Aden Earth team then created the Aden Earth Zones, which are correlated with the existing USDA Hardiness Zones, so that even novice gardeners can use the new map to reference information in their existing gardening books, or garden pot tags, et cetera.

The first ever World Plant Hardiness Zone Map

About Aden Earth The Organization

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Aden Earth’s mandate is to help gardeners create their own Gardens Of Aden around the world.

Aden Earth is a fast growing ‘start-up’ company. This passionate group of specialists is made up of business, technology, and horticulture professionals. Aden Earth's head office operates out of Toronto, Canada, with personnel and participants contributing from every hardiness zone of the Earth. is an inspirational website providing gardeners innovative new digital tools and access to horticultural information like never before seen. Included in it's features are ways for gardeners to connect and share images and information about their landscapes from around the world. As well as providing personally designed landscape plans from regional experts globally. Look to the Aden Apps tab for digital apps and services to help gardeners and horticulture professionals ways to create their own gardens of aden anywhere on earth. is a deal-of-the-day website, which features a variety of deals throughout North America. Much like the many popular deal websites available today, Aden Deals has frequent deals featuring companies and products, both known and new. This is a way for consumers to save money, as well as introduce companies to the public. What sets Aden Deals apart from other similar websites, is that Aden Deals is more exclusive. The companies and products that are featured are chosen based on similarities and a specified relevance to our target consumers. As well, all companies have online stores, and are able to ship anywhere across North America, making it easy for consumers to shop from home. This is another way in which Aden Earth will facilitate a global online community of like minded individuals.

With an extensive online and social media presence, Aden Earth plans to take gardening, ecology, horticulture and landscaping to the next level.


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In The Aden Earth Offices

Aden Earth Inc Founders To Follow

Ben Zlotnick
CEO & Founder

A. Traviss Corry
Co-founder, Director of Business Development

Partners / Collaborators

Wikiworks Inc, Semantic Technology Consultants


Kevin Danko, Mediawiki and Wordpress Adviser

Kevin Danko Webdesign

The Royal Botanical Kew Gardens, UK

Scientific research and data department

Missouri Botanical Garden

Center for conservation and sutainable development

Special thanks and gratitude to,

The Wikimedia Foundation and it's world-changing open-data policies

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Offerings For Webmasters

Add The Plant Encyclopedia To Your Website - A not-for-profit, free-of-charge offering

Any website can include a self-contained app version of The Plant Encyclopedia, adding a valuable resource for your users and increasing the 'stickyness' of your site!