About the Cloudforest Gardener
Welcome to the Cloudforest on the web, a community of eclectic gardeners interested in unusual and exotic fruits, vegetables and ornamentals. But we are open to anyone who is passionate about gardening, so don’t let the exotic intimidate you. We have members all over the world. all the way from Australia and New Zealand to England and Portugal. We’ve been around since 1998, but it’s taken us a while to make it into the 21st century, but we’ve finally entered the Web 2.0 world.
The core of the Cloudforest community is our Cafe, an online discussion forum where our members can elaborate on the pleasure of gardening with exotic and unusual plants. We also have a Wiki where we are compiling the growing common gardening wisdom of our community. The Cloudforest now also features a large number of articles and blogs, which you can access from anywhere using the top menu. We publish new articles and blogs every day, you can check the Cloudforest Home Page for the latest publications. In addition to asking questions and starting discussions, members are also invited to write longer articles and blogs about rare fruits, exotic palms, and whatever else in the garden brings them happiness.
While a large portion of our members are from the West Coast of the United States, our membership spans the entire globe. We have members in Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, England, Italy, etc… Whatever question you might have about gardening, someone will have an answer for you.
The Cloudforest mission is to educate the public and provide a means to generate dialogue and community. Our goal is to weave together a number of topics to bring about new ideas and foster innovation. Here, gardening with the rare and unusual blends together with fostering the principles of biodiversity, secure local food networks, sustainability and last, but not least the enjoyment of spectacular exotic gardens and unusual delicious foods, which we believe is the fuel to promote change. So in a way, we are bringing together exotic gardening, permaculture, biodiversity and the slow food movement right under one roof.
Biodiversity is one of the benefits that comes from enjoying exotic foods and gardens. For example, several of our members grow exotic tropical plants that are already extinct in their wild habitat, or are seriously threatened. Others naturally preserve biodiversity by taking an interest in old an unusual varieties of fruit and keeping them alive in their gardens. And a lot of our rare fruit members also take a keen interest in the principles of permaculture.
We are not a commercial site. We strive to create a safe and friendly space for gardeners. Our membership policy is that you cannot be anonymous to the Cloudforest Gardener staff. The reason for this is that anonymous people are most often the ones who cause problems in online communities. Registrations are processed manually. This means that when you register, you are essentially applying for membership, and we then review your membership before it gets approved. Of course, you are welcome to remain anonymous to the rest of the community.
If you are new to the Cloudforest, you will want to register inside our Cafe. Click here to join: Join.
If you are having technical difficulties, go to the Cafe forums page and post to our internal support forum (available only to members.) If you are having trouble logging in, please use our contact form: Contact Us..