A 30 Second Video Overview of Muddy Boots


Muddy Boots Plant Tags is a web-based software garden record-keeping application to help gardeners keep records about their plants and gardens. It’s simple to use and allows gardeners to keep journal notes, record information about their plants, upload pictures, and it’s integrated with an interactive QR-coded plant tag that can be scanned with a smart phone. Gardeners can access their information from their computer, tablet and phone so they can take their records with them into the garden. It’s an innovative way for gardeners to do what they’ve always done: make notes, keep garden records, label plants, and organize pictures of their garden to tell a story.

Muddy Boots Unveils Smartphone Scannable Plant Tags With Garden Record-Keeping Web Application

ASHEVILLE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE) – JANUARY 4, 2017 –Over the past decade, Nancy Duffy has built a lovely ornamental garden but has been frustrated for years with her plant tags. “With thousands of plants in my garden it’s hard to remember all the names,” said Nancy. “I walk the garden with my gardening friends and crawl around the ground looking for a tag, which may or may not be there and if it is, it may not be legible anymore.”

A professional garden designer and avid gardener, Nancy came up with a solution. Muddy Boots Plant Tags are durable plant tags that can be scanned by a smart phone, retrieving information about the plant that the gardener has input into the Muddy Boots Garden Record-Keeping Application. “Instead of crawling around to find the tag and reading the tag, often at ground level, you scan the tag and read information about your plant on your phone,” said Nancy.

The Muddy Boots Garden Record-Keeping Application allows gardeners to organize all the information about their garden in one place, accessible from a computer, smartphone or tablet. “Gardeners can keep much better records about their plants including journal notes and pictures. No more tattered notebooks and file folders,” said Nancy. “And the gardener can access the data from the house or out in the garden. The interactive, scannable plant tags can be scanned by the gardener or visitors with a simple QR code scanner on a smartphone or tablet.”

Mignon Durham is an avid gardener using Muddy Boots Plant Tags in Asheville, NC and she says, “I am a detail geek, with a bent to documentation, photography, and maintaining folders of plant tags and sales receipts. Muddy Boots Plant Tags is the perfect solution. Muddy Boots Plant Tags now has all my plant and garden history (three years of information now available on my iPad, iPhone, or laptop). Furthermore, any plants with a QR coded plant tag can be scanned on a smartphone while out in the garden for access to its entire record.”

Bullington Gardens, a 12-acre horticultural education center and public garden in Henderson County, NC, has recently selected Muddy Boots Plant Tags. “We are excited to implement Muddy Boots Plant Tags. The Record-Keeping Application will allow us to better organize information about our remarkable plant collection and the plant tags will make that information accessible to our many visitors,” said John Murphy, Director of Bullington Gardens.

Muddy Boots Plant Tags are made of aluminum and feature a unique QR code that links it to the plant data in the Garden Record-Keeping Application. The tags are durable and made to hold up for years in the elements. These plant tags are available in bundles of five at the website. A purchase of plant tags is not required when using the Garden Record-Keeping Application; however, the plant tags are necessary for scanning plants while out in the garden.

The Muddy Boots Garden Record-Keeping Application is free for gardeners with up to 25 plants and 50 photos. Gardeners with more plants and photos may purchase a subscription for $4.95 per month, or $49.95 per year allowing up to 500 plant records and 5,000 photos. There are higher level plans for larger gardens described at the website. All levels include unlimited plant and garden journal notes and are “Ad Free” – no ads whatsoever appear in the Garden Record-Keeping Application.

Unassigned Tags

You can see your unassigned tags when you are adding or editing a plant record. You select a plant from the Garden Records Page by clicking on the red pencil. That will take you to the plant edit screen. On the plant edit screen you’ll see a box labeled Plant Tag. When you click on that you can see all of the available tag numbers in your account that are not yet assigned to a plant.

Assigned Plant Tags

You can easily see the plant tags that you have assigned to plants through the Garden Records screen.  While viewing the Garden Record screen, click on the heading of the Plant Tag column to sort by Plant Tag.  Plants without a plant tag assigned will show first, followed by plants with plant tags assigned.


Virtual Plant Tags

When you first sign up for the free plan at Muddy Boots Plant Tags, you receive a virtual plant tag. It’s an image that is placed in your My Account page that you can use to get a better understanding of how this works.

To scan a QR-coded Muddy Boots Plant Tag, you’ll need a QR-code reader on your smartphone or tablet. Don’t be frightened; it’s FREE and easy. There are more than a few FREE QR-code readers for iOS devices (iPhone/iPad) and Android devices. The reader we find to be friendly and easy is i-nigma. Here are links you can use to download the i-nigma reader onto your iOS or Android device:

Get the i-nigma for iPhone/iPad here.
Get the i-nigma for Android here.

Here’s how you can use this. After signing up and adding a plant record, assign the virtual plant tag to your plant. You’ll be able to scan that virtual plant tag after assigning it. You can download that tag as an image file from your My Account page by right clicking it and saving it on your computer. But you can also scan that tag right off your computer screen.

Here is an example of a live virtual plant tag. Go ahead and scan it to see Japanese Maple ‘Floating Cloud’ – Acer palmatum ‘Ukigumo’:


Assign a Tag

You can assign any available tag in your account to a plant record in your account. You can do this when you’re adding the plant or if you’re editing the plant. You select a plant from the Garden Records page by clicking on the red pencil. That will take you to the plant edit screen. On the plant edit screen you’ll see a box labeled Plant Tag. When you click on that you can see all of the available tag numbers in your account and select one from the drop-down box.


In this example, there was no plant tag assigned.


In this example, the same plant has had a plant tag assigned. After selecting the tag, click Update This Plant.