Category: Recommended Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Lawn-Free Garden lawn free garden

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Lawn-Free Garden

Over the past several years, I’ve written a lot about creating a lawn-free garden.  I’ve talked about everything from the nitty -gritty details of removing a lawn, to loads of before-and-after lawn-free transformations, to must-have books and resources that will guide you through every step of the process. With so many new subscribers this past […]

A New Year’s Garden Greeting ceanothus 'Marie Simon'

A New Year’s Garden Greeting

I think I speak for most of us when I say ‘good riddance to 2020!’ However, it’s hard to escape the reality that waking up to a new year doesn’t mean the seemingly never-ending worries and concerns about Covid are over.   But thank heavens we have our love of gardening to give us hope for […]

Design your Garden Toolkit – a review, a story, and a giveaway

Design your Garden Toolkit – a review, a story, and a giveaway

  Recently my good friend, Michelle Gervais (who was also the former garden editor of Fine Gardening magazine for many, many years) asked me to take a look at her new book ‘Design your Garden Toolkit.’ I jumped at the chance, knowing that her years of knowledge and down-to-earth approach would make for a fantastic […]

The Bold Dry Garden – a review and giveaway

The Bold Dry Garden – a review and giveaway

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend a party celebrating Timber Press’s new release, The Bold Dry Garden, written by Johanna Silver (who is also the garden editor for Sunset magazine). The event was held at one of my favorite places, The Ruth Bancroft Garden (appropriate, as that’s the subject of the […]

Garden therapy in the midst of trauma – a story and a giveaway

Garden therapy in the midst of trauma – a story and a giveaway

  I’ve been home from my trip to New York for ten days now and have been excited to share with you some of the gardens I visited but life seems to have gotten in the way – for now, at least. On the last day of my trip, I received a phone call from […]

Book roundup + giveaway! The 20-30 Something Garden Guide, The Plant Recipe Book & Sunset’s Western Garden Book of Landscaping

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 […]

Refresh Your Garden Design Virtual Book Party!

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 […]

Succulent pumpkins

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season of the year. Once I spot the first signs of pumpkins and squash adorning grocery stores (which happened this week, btw!) I’m like a kid in a candy shop. And don’t even get me started on my obsession with glass pumpkins! I’ve admired succulent-topped pumpkins ever since […]

Indoor Plant Decor – Book Party, Review & Giveaways

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 […]

My impromptu succulent cutting tower

My impromptu succulent cutting tower

Last month I dismantled one of my favorite garden beds so we could finally finish painting the house. A year ago we had our house painted, but I wouldn’t let them paint one remaining wall, as my bougainvillea was in full bloom and there was no way I was about to cut it back prematurely! […]

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