Fairview NC Town Crier Gives a Shout Out to Muddy Boots

The Town Crier is a local newspaper in Fairview, North Carolina with quite a following. The folks there were nice enough to do a write-up about Muddy Boots Plant Tags in their March 2017 issue. It is purely a print publication with the full 32-page publication posted online as a PDF at their website.

They covered everything nicely from the innovative nature of the Muddy Boots Plant Tags concept to the interactive QR-coded plant tags to the robust garden record-keeping web application. Thanks very much Fairview Town Crier.

We’ve included a clipping, courtesy of the Fairview Town Crier.

Fairview Town Crier Article - March 2017

Read the full 32-page issue of the March 2017 Fairview Town Crier HERE»

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.

Tips on using QR coded plant tags

We were recently asked for tips on using QR codes as gardeners.

  1. QR codes on plant tags are more durable than tags that are written on or etched by hand. They may be made of aluminum or plastic and the QR code can be scanned with a smart phone or tablet out in the garden to read the plant information on your phone.
  2. Paired with a garden record-keeping system QR-coded plant tags are helpful in identifying plants. With hundreds or thousands of plants in a garden, we gardeners just can’t remember all the names. Scan it with your phone and view all the information about your plant that you’ve put into your record-keeping system, including pictures and journal notes.
  3. Many gardeners have information about their garden in multiple places. Pictures on a computer or phone, journal notes in note books, plant receipts in baggies, file folders or envelopes. Having a QR coded tag linked with a garden record-keeping system, gardeners can have all their garden records, photos and journals in one place, accessible by phone, tablet or computer.

A live example: download a QR code reader on a smart phone (there are plenty free) and you can scan the tag below (or click on it, to get the idea) to see a plant record from Nancy Duffy’s garden.

One of the QR code readers we find to be very good is i-nigma:

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

QR Code Scannable Plant Tag

Nancy Duffy is an avid gardener and professional garden designer in Asheville NC. The idea for using QR coded tags for plants, combined with a garden record-keeping came to her in a dream (really) and was developed into a product in 2016 and soft-launched in November. It’s called Muddy Boots Plant Tags.

Interactive QR Coded Plant Tags Becoming More Common

QR-coded interactive plant tags have become more common in recent years at public gardens. Visitors can download a QR code reader on their smart phone and scan the tag to get more details. Muddy Boots Plant Tags takes this to a higher level for gardeners by making the QR-coded plant tag access information that the gardener has input about the plant (including pictures, journal notes, where the plant came from and so forth).

This is an excerpt from an article at Fine Gardening about QR-coded interactive plant tags:

We’re starting to see QR (Quick Response) codes popping up everywhere. They’re small printed squares filled with a unique pattern of black and white pixels, like a petri dish experiment gone wild. Download one of many free apps to your smart phone (I like QRReader), hold it in front of the square, and the next thing you know, you’re at the product’s website.

I tried out my iPhone app at the Bloom IQ booth when the Spring California Pack Trials came to Santa Barbara last March. The event, directed at horticulture industry professionals and designers, spreads from San Diego to the Bay Area, allowing plant-related businesses show their products to industry buyers. A nanosecond after scanning a Bloom IQ QR code, I found myself at the company’s website. It’s a fabulous resource for any gardener, helping them learn everything they need to know about a potential plant purchase before they say, “I do” to a bridal wreath spirea.

Click here to read the complete article.