Gardening Services On The Internet

Posted: March 15, 1996

For gardeners on the Internet, a Texas-based firm called Garden Escape is joining the ranks of others offering such services.

Garden Escape's wares range from advice on planning and design to a broad selection of premium plants, supplies and accessories.

Through Garden Escape's address on the Internet, consumers can order anything from perennials and roses to imported tools and hard goods at the touch of a finger. The program can suggest plants that attract butterflies or are especially fragrant, depending on user preference, or which hard-to-grow perennials will flourish in shade.

The program features such items as an interactive encyclopedia of information on more than 2,500 plants. By the end of the year, Garden Escape expects that its database will include information on more than 10,000 products.

The Austin-based company previewed its operations with an exhibit at the Marriott Hotel here last month during the Philadelphia Flower Show. The company, which is aiming for the Internet-literate portion of an estimated 72 million garden hobbyists nationwide, is backed by Austin Ventures, a venture-capital firm.

Starting next week, Garden Escape's address on the World Wide Web will be http://www.garden.com

Garden Escape can also be reached at 515 Congress Ave., Suite 1350, Austin, Texas 78701.

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