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Book roundup + giveaway!  The 20-30 Something Garden Guide, The Plant Recipe Book & Sunset’s Western Garden Book of Landscaping
Spring has arrived! And along with the sweet scent of jasmine, the bursting blooms of tulips and rosebuds just beginning to open comes a new crop of gardening books.  Luckily my mailman remembers that, around this time each year, his load gets a little heavier with all the books I'm sent to review.  I thought it might be fun to tell you about a few of my favorites, each distinctly different from the next, as well as offer a fantastic prize package to one lucky winner.  Here they are: (more…) read more
Looking at your garden with fresh eyes
As a designer and a consultant, I'm often asked how I go about deciding how and where to begin when it comes to transforming a garden bed.   I understand where this question comes from.  While visualizing where to begin is relatively easy for me, I realize that's not necessarily the case for others.  In fact, I experienced this feeling myself during my kitchen remodel.  I was amazed at how helpless and overwhelmed I felt when I walked into the tile shop and looked around at row after row after row of gorgeous tiles just waiting for me to decide.  What read more
Refresh Your Garden Design Virtual Book Party!
I'm officially announcing the birth of my new baby...I mean book, Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture & Form, and to celebrate you’re all invited to attend my Virtual Book Party – with some very ‘refreshing’ party favors (yes, pun intended).  Six garden blogging friends and I are hosting 7 great giveaways this week, all related to the theme of refreshing your garden! I wrote this book after years of consulting with one frustrated gardener after another.  Why the frustration?  Because more often than not, they've experienced a feeling of helplessness as they look around, not knowing how (or read more
If you're like me, you've probably returned from a supposedly quick and casual stroll through the garden with your shirt flipped up in an attempt to to hold all the tomatoes, plums or apricots that were just begging to be picked. After dirtying umpteen clean shirts, I don't know why I venture outside any longer without a small basket or colander in hand to pick the daily harvest.  Yet I still do. (more…) read more
Indoor Plant Decor – Book Party, Review & Giveaways
To celebrate the release of Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson's new book, Indoor Plant Decor, you're all invited to participate in their cyber book party (complete, of course, with loads of prizes!) I'll be honest, when I was asked to review and join this event I was a little nervous as I'm one of those people who struggles to keep indoor plants alive.  There - I've said it.  Yes, I'm a landscape designer and yes, I love nothing more than working in my own beautiful garden, but when it comes to houseplants it's a whole different story.  I just sort read more
Last year my friend (and gardener extraordinaire) Shawna Coronado traveled to the Netherlands to spend a little time with the folks at the DeWit Tool company.  Shawna had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of not only designing, but making the prototype of her ideal version of a potting soil scoop.  The scoop has since been such a success that now it's part of their regular tool line-up. In fact, the DeWit company kindly sent me two (one to have, and one to give away to a lucky reader), and I must say, I've really been enjoying using it while assembling some of read more
I'm a huge fan of the latest edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book (read my review here), and to say I'm over the moon with excitement at the big news of their new garden app is an understatement. A few weeks ago I was honored to be invited to Sunset's Headquarters where I was treated to a personal demonstration of this most amazing garden app by the folks who developed it.  For someone who's a bit app-challenged (like me) that's like having Martha Stewart show up in your garden to show you how to prune a rose.  I was read more
Lawn Gone!  Book Party, Review and Giveaways
To celebrate the release of Pam Penick's new book, Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard, you’re all invited to attend her Lawn Gone Book Party – with some very cool party prizes! Six garden blogging friends and I are hosting 7 great giveaways this week, all related to the theme of – drumroll please – lawn alternatives. Lawn Gone! is, of course, about alternatives to the traditional lawn: all kinds of ground-covering plants, functional and appropriately scaled hardscape, and fun features to draw you outside.  If any of you are re-thinking your lawn, you will appreciate this book not read more
Kiss My Aster – Book Giveaway
For those of you looking for a totally different kind of gardening book – one that’s fun to use and that will definitely make you laugh out loud, all the while giving you down-to-earth practical advice then this book is for you. Seriously – Amanda is awesome. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Amanda Thomsen (aka: Kiss My Aster) you should to do a little homework first.  First, rush on over to her website here, to 1) see her flaming pair of Felco pruners tattoo, and 2) read all about her latest thrift store finds and how she’ll read more
The Backyard Parables – Book Giveaway
For those of you who read my blog, you're probably aware that I'm very photo-driven.  I can't get seem to get enough beautiful garden photographs and have to use restraint when writing a new post.  I love taking them, I love looking at them, and they're often the only way I know best how to communicate (or at least reiterate) what I'm thinking and trying to say.  That being said, I rarely read a garden book that doesn't have its own hefty dose of photos.  So when I received an early copy of Margaret Roach's The Backyard Parables, cracked it read more
My garden-watering meltdown had been brewing for years.  It finally came to a head this past summer when I had finally had enough of the hoses in my garden constantly kinking every time I moved a few feet. My husband would try to help, buying me ‘the best’ the big box stores had to offer (promising me they wouldn’t kink) yet they always did.  While I generally have a pretty high tolerance level for irritating things, when I’m in the middle of hand-watering my garden (something I don’t relish in the first place), the last thing I read more
The Layered Garden – Book Giveaway
You know when you see a book and you just know it's gonna be good?  Well, that's how I felt about The Layered Garden, by David L. Culp, and photographed by the talented Rob Cardillo.  And I knew I held a gem in my hands when I read the glowing forward, written by Lauren Springer Ogden - one of my very favorite garden designers and co-author of Plant Driven Design. I love the concept of creating a layered garden as its something I strive to create for all of my clients. Due to our mild California climate, it's relatively easy read more
With Mother's Day fast approaching, I've been giving a lot of thought about what to give my own mother.  My mom is an incredible gardener but can be pretty picky, so finding the perfect gift is always a bit challenging. Which means I'm always on the look out for something a little out of the ordinary. While I'm not going to say what I plan to give her (she does occasionally read my blog, after all) there are a few things I've found over the past few months that I bet the Mama in your life might appreciate. (more…) read more
Last week I was invited to have breakfast at Sunset magazine’s headquarters, along with a few of my favorite fellow gardeners.  The event was to welcome the new Sunset Edible Garden Cookbook, which will be released next week, as well as to tour the grounds and the test garden. While of course I was thrilled to be included, I'll admit I was a bit hesitant about the breakfast.  Why?  Because breakfast has always been sort of a letdown for me.  I hate eggs.  There – I’ve said it.  I love chickens, I love cooking, and I even love to read more
The New Sunset Western Garden Book – Book Review
I have been dying to get my hands on the 9th edition of the New Western Garden Book: The Ultimate Gardening Guide (Oxmoor House, 2012. List Price $34.95). Well, it’s finally here and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been given a copy to review.  And as if that weren’t enough – Sunset is letting me give away FIVE copies, too! Like many gardeners, I’ve had several different editions of the Sunset Book throughout the years, my oldest dating back to 1967 (‘borrowed’ from my grandmother).  But this one is, hands down, Sunset’s finest effort yet. There’s read more
As a proud member of the Fiskars garden blogging team, I'm thrilled to be joining the 45th anniversary celebration of the Orange Handled Scissors!  So far this month, there's been a pretty exciting line-up of guest interviews who are all raving about their love of Fiskars' scissors (Chris March, Duff Goldman and Claudine Hellmuth) but today I'm especially excited to let you all know that one of my favorite gardeners, Pearl Fryar, is joining the fun. Who's Pearl, you might ask?  Only one of the most passionate, interesting topiary artists EVER (and the star of the must-see documentary 'A Man read more
The Heirloom Life Gardener – Book Review
A few weeks ago the folks at Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company asked if I'd like to review a copy of their new book The Heirloom Life Gardener, by Jere and Emilee Gettle (227 pages, Hyperion, 2011.  List Price $29.99) I was excited to read this book because even though I'm a passionate gardener and garden designer, I've never really been all that into growing edibles from seeds.  That's just not my thing - I much prefer to buy my produce from my local farmer's market! However, I've been receiving their gorgeous Baker Creek Heirloom catalog for awhile now and have always read more
It's time for another holiday giveaway, but HURRY - this contest ends December 5th! A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review a pair of Fields & Lane gardening gloves as well as offer a contest for my readers.  And all I can say is HOLY COW, I LOVE these gloves! Gardening gloves are normally something I go through at the speed of light.  I'm very hard on them, and they seem to last about a month or so before I blow out the fingertips.  I'll admit, I don't spend much on my gloves, probably in the read more
Dr. Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs
Thanksgiving has come and gone, as has the turkey, the leftovers and the relatives. Having survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and now Cyber Monday, it seems to me the world is in a shopping frenzy.  Everyone is in a mad race to find the perfect gift for their loved ones and it's pure mayhem out there. This holiday season I'm working very hard to keep things simple in my life by focusing not on consuming, but on appreciating.  I've had such a blessed year, thanks to many of you, and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you read more
Ta Da!  Today is the official launch of our book Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces. To celebrate, Susan and I are hosting a cyber book party, complete with door prizes and party favors - and you're all invited! Of course, two blogs isn't much of a party, and if you've followed the progress of the book, you know that we never could have written it without the help of some of the most talented bloggers, gardeners and photographers out there.  When we started looking for co-hosts, who better to turn to than some of the read more