Help with my plant gallery!

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What's the best way to create a "plant gallery" on my landscaping service website? Should I categorize it starting with "Plants good to Florida's Environment" and "Plants not good to Florida's Environment" because I'm servicing Florida... should I not even include plants not good to Florida? Any ideas? Also, is there a way to determine whether or not a picture is copyrighted? Will it always say, this picture is copyrighted? Any free image galleries out there whereas you can use the images?
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How about endiginous trees and alien trees and the
possible impact they have on the Florida ecology?

As far as copyrighted pictures of trees is concerned
I think you will be safe there using anything off the net.
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well.. the information (type of trees/plants and information about them) I already have, I just need to know of a good route specific to creating the website. Should I provide a linking tree... 5 main types, 10 sub types, 25 sub-sub types, etc.? Basically... how should it be organized? Should I start with the zones? Type of tree (shrub, tree, annual, etc.)? Sunlight required (full sun, partial sun, shade)? Soil good to grow in (acidic, neutral, etc.)? or should I provide an option of all of these. It'll be like a filtering system... if they choose zone 9, then shrub, then sand... they'll get a list of shrubs that'll grow good in florida's climate zone of 9, and sand... good idea? only problem... it'll be a HARD LONG TIME CONSUMING process... not sure if it'll be worth all this or not.
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I, unfortuanatly can't help out with the menu structure of your site, Donald.
All I know about tree's is that my automatic pool cleaner hate's them.
It's Autumn here and it's a constant battle with leaves everyday.

From what you have explained above I think you have a good enough knowledge on how to lay out the menu in a logical format. (tree structure)

Tell me about "hard long and time consuming" process.
Only you can decide wheather it's worth the effort.
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Hi Donald

I guess it depends on how involved you want your site to be. It can become quite the process as you've pointed out. My suggestion would be to perhaps start with the general and then as time goes on, you could start adding more categories, etc.. I suggest taking out a couple of books which focuses on these topics and seeing how they deal with this information. I'm sure you'll even be able to find plant information on the net and see how they've compiled the information.

You say that you have a landscaping company? Perhaps, only focus on the plants you actually deal with rather than the broad spectrum of plants and trees.
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Books! Hell, we got the internet now L.
Brings back memories though. I remember standing next to a copier, feeding it 20c at a time to make copies in a library for a school project.

My kids don't know how lucky they are. They each have their own PC's
with 24/7 internet connections. The times they are a changin' (uncle Bob)
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It's very true that the internet provides everything at your fingertips. I do admit though, I love books! There's nothing like grabbing a cup of java (or in my case, hot cocoa), sitting on a couch and reading a good book. Don't you miss the days of being able to turn the pages? Now it's just all scroll, scroll, scroll! =)

Your kids sure are lucky!!! I'm still living in the dark ages of just one computer. Mind you, my kids are not yet 5! lol
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well... I need to hussle me a lot of business, I have bout a week before I need many customers... mortgage is late by three months lol... so, to do this, I want to do something unlike most landscaping companies... anyways... although not fully functional yet, here is the idea I've come up with... it's a work in progress... http://www.personaltouchlandscaping.y...
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Wow Donald - is that ever thorough!! I wonder by having something so detailed, that it may end up creating a lot more work for you? The plant height and width could be added information inside a category like your "Plant type". For example: Annual - Impatiens - your description of impatiens along with the plant height and width?
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well... the reason I was thinking of not just using the list of plants we could deal with is because, having this information accessible from your website could tell a potential customer, "wow, they must be good, they have a lot of plants' info available and a lot of work put into it"... having this extra information could be the difference between getting 2 customers out of 10 website visitors and getting 6 customers out of 10 website visitors.