About Us

ONLINEPLANTGUIDE.com is a FREE information source which showcases materials authored, gathered, and cataloged by Neil Odenwald, Ph.D. and Thomas Pope, Ph.D. over their extensive careers, over a century of collective experience in horticulture and landscape architecture. This site includes information on more than 4,300 species and 15,500 digital images.  From April 2011 to May 2012, over 310,000 unique visitors from over 190 countries have visited OnlinePlantGuide.com and viewed ~1 million pages. Information includes common and scientific names as well as climate zones, height, spread, flowering seasons, flower colors, fruits, sun light requirements, water requirements, soil types and more.  A powerful search tool allows you to search through the plant database quickly and easily to find information and pictures.

Neil Odenwald, Ph.D., FASLA, is Professor Emeritus and former Director, School of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University. An author of five books on plants including the award-winning book Southern Plants which is used as a text at several universities. Neil is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and has received numerous awards for his landscape projects.

Thomas Pope, Ph.D. (1931 - 2012), specialist, retired from Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, Louisiana State University.  Tom was an expert in the field of plants and gardening.  Tom had more than forty garden publications to his credit in thirty-two years of academic work at the University of Kentucky, Universityof Florida, and LSU.  He also wrote for Southern Living and Louisiana Conservationist and was featured as a guest on television programs on gardening subjects for more than twelve years. He wasl also a senior author of Attracting Birds to Southern Gardens.