Vertical Gardening & Garden Up! Cyber Book Party

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 contributors who made the book possible?

Not familiar with our book Garden Up?  Filled with design tips, plant ideas and over 200 photos, Garden Up! offers inspiration and how-to information for enhancing any outdoor space with vertical elements.  We cover everything from living wall projects (simple enough for a home gardener to tackle) to creative solutions for blank walls and narrow planting beds.


For a peek inside the book, information on upcoming media and speaking events, or to learn more about us, be sure to visit our website The book is available from Amazon and


And now for the good stuff – Door prizes!

With seven co-hosts, this book party has something for everyone.

Every blog is offering something different, and all you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment! It’s that easy!

Winners will be chosen randomly.  The contest runs for a week, so check back on March 21 to see if you’re one of the lucky ones. The more blogs you visit, the more chances to win!


Grab a cup of coffee & have fun seeing which prize(s) you hope to win!

1.  In my own garden, I use lots and lots of creative layering to not only provide privacy from neighbors, but to add height and vertical interest, as well.  And part of that layering means growing UP – waaay up!  One of my favorite tools to reach those ‘just out of arm’s-length’ wayward branches is Fiskar’s telescoping bypass loppers. Fiskar’s is generously offering these loppers, PLUS their super-cool Cuts-More scissors as well as their reinforced Kangaroo Garden Container to put those pruned branches in! How’s THAT for an awesome prize!!

2.  Angela Davis of My Rubber Boots is giving away a $25 gift cerificate from Peaceful Valley, known online as, an organic nursery and garden store with a spectacular range of edible seeds, starts and pretty much everything you need to grow your own edibles.

3.  Over at Digging, Pam Penick is giving away an incredibly cool succulent wall art kit from Robin Stockwell’s Succulent Gardens. The perfect way to start your own living wall!

4.  Jim Martin from Compost in My Shoe has a $50 gift certificate from Annie’s Annuals to hand out to one lucky winner!

5.  Jenny Peterson of J. Peterson Landscape Designis featuring a $75 gift certificate from High Country Gardens.

6.  For those of you thinking about trying out a living wall at home Laura Schaub is giving away a Woolly Pocket on her blog Interleafings.

7.  And H. Potter has a stunning Nouveau Leaf Wrought Iron Trellis (just perfect for vine to scramble up!) over on my co-author Susan Morrison’s Blue Planet Garden Blog.

But Wait – there’s More!
Party Favors!

In honor of the Order Now! tactics used by infomercials and gym memberships, Susan and I are offering a signed bookplate to the first 100 people who purchase the book.  We’re working on the honor system so there’s no need to prove you made a purchase.  Just send an email with a mailing address and who you would like the book inscribed to at




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  • I must say I realllly like your book ladies. I got it today and it does not disappoint. It is just wonderful. Chock full of ideas and photos to make you drool.

    • Awww….thanks so much, Lisa! And I hope you like your succulent kit (I have one, too, and love it!)

  • Amazon says that it will be in the mail this week, I can’t wait to see what kind of projects I can keep my husband busy with. Congrats again n the book you two.

  • I’m so excited to read the book! I’m planning to cover part of my fence in Woolly Pockets this summer and can’t wait to see your ideas. Thanks for the contest too….

  • Garden Up looks like a great book with new project ideas. Just ordered it from Amazon and look forward to going vertical with my gardening.

  • Congratulations on the book and thanks for the opportunity to win something! Everyone likes a give-away 🙂

  • Loving the book and the prizes are so exciting!

  • Beautiful book and great prizes! Such a cool idea 🙂

  • Enjoying all the pictures and reading all the great advice.

  • Can’t wait to get my hands on this book! And I’m having a great time discovering some interesting new (to me) garden blogs – thanks!

  • OMG!! Great prizes! “Garden Up” is a beautiful garden book with so many ideas!

  • So glad it’s spring & time for gardening & being inspired by all the ideas in the gardening blogs!

  • I will definitely have to take a look at this book! Ever since seeing Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Garden at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, I have wanted to somehow create that sort of effect myself. As yet it is still a dream, but maybe with some inspiration from your new book….

  • I would love the new tools and I am so into succulents this year, can hardly wait to purchase the book! Thank you for the opportunity of the drawing! Happy Gardening! Pamie G.

  • OOOh, I would love to win this prize! I am just starting out with my new gardening hobby….I’m so happy Spring is here! I have lots of ideas and will be adding this book to my collection! Can’t wait to get potting soil under my fingernails again!! It’s been a long Winter! 🙂

  • Found you through Pam at Digging and can’t wait to get the new book.

  • Thanks for the invitation for your party. Great book to buy and to be inspired by in my own garden spaces. Thanks for the chance to share in the excitement too.

  • I would love the new tools! I’m totally buying this book too.

  • Loving this site and can’t wait to check out the book!! Looking forward to learn from all the talents here!

  • Looking forward to your book. Please enter my name for a chance to win your ‘awsome prize’.

  • Loving this cyber book party! I’ve already got my copy of Garden Up, and I’m planning on a gutter garden, and considering an espalier in my future–I have just the right spot, I think.

  • Loving all of the beautiful posts on the Garden Party blogs!

  • Wow, thanks for the invite to your Cyber Book Party! I have been reading the reviews and watched the sneak peak video and just had to place my Amazon order, can’t wait to see it in person. I am starting a new garden in my new home in Sebastopol next month and I am sure I will find plenty to inspire me in your book in addition to all the past blogs here and on all the other linked sites!

  • Just ordered the book. Looks fantastic! I think the cyber garden party is an ingenious way to market your book.

    Good Luck! I am sure it will be a big hit.

  • Loving the cyber garden party! Thanks to all the passionate gardeners, bloggers, writers, photographers, sponsers, etc. etc. that’ve helped make this all possible… Happy reading, dreaming, growing & winning everyone!

  • great idea for the coordinated launch. after looking at all these expert sites i’ve spent the morning reconsidering just how little i actually know about my garden. 😉 looking forward to the book, and thanks for the contest.

  • Great looking book!
    Plus, I would love to win your giveaway!

  • wow..this sure is great!!!beautiful websites plus a chance to win a super prize.

  • I am enjoying your bright blog – lovely images! Thanks for the contest fun!

  • I am so thrilled for you guys. I just got my copy today and it is smart, beautiful and filled with great ideas. It’s truly a home run. Congrats!

  • Loved the video on your website! The book looks terrific and chock full of great ideas!

  • Looks like a fabulous book! And prizes too! Good luck with your launch!

  • Congratulations! I’ll be looking for this book for my tiny condominium garden!

  • I’ve been following you and Susan’s blogs for awhile, so exciting to you see that have a book. Congratulations, the photos look great. Best of luck to you both.

  • The abundance of joy from your book to the party giveaways is A-mazing. Just by reading the Urban Gardening tweet, I find your blog plus several new ones. Fiskar products are great for those of us who have met Arthur-itis and still love cutting and trimming and planting. Congrats on the book and thanks for inviting me to your party. G’day.

  • Thanks for sharing the book. It looks fabulous and I can’t wait to check it out!

  • Can’t wait to get my dirty little hands on your book! Being a staunch supporter of local bookstores, I’ll check there, hopefully this weekend. And I know just the spot where I’d like to get more vertical…

    Congratulations to both of you!

  • Love your book and pictures. It’s inspired me to try my hand at building a trellis.

  • Yes, this is the book I have been looking for to help me design my tiny urban space….

    Let me win this one, please!!
    Victoria Tory

  • This is such a great book and I really can’t wait to get started in my backyard!!

  • Congratulations on the publishing of your new book – have a wonderful party – and thanks for hosting a gift give-away. 🙂

  • The book is a must for any TBR/Wish List. Fiskars has quality tools.

  • Wow, my first cyber book party! Love it, and the garden blogs. Thanks for all you do!

  • This book is incredible! Thanks so much for sharing all this info. Fiskar makes the BEST Products. I have a pair of sewing scissors that I bought in 1975 – I still use and LOVE them!! I really hope I win this gift. Keep up the good work girls!

  • Congratulations on your book! And door prizes to boot! Woot! Love Fiskars tools!

  • Oooh, I don’t have any fiskars tools. That would be awesome. This book looks amazing. I have to check it out to learn more about vertical gardening.

  • Congrats on the new book! Hope to see you two here in Sac at the CA show!

  • I have followed your website since it’s inception. It’s always informative and interesting with amazing pictures. Your book lives up to my expectations. Congrat!

  • Rebecca and Susan,
    This garden book is oustanding….Beautiful pictures, so well written and easy to follow directions. I brought it to my Garden Club and everyone wanted it.
    Congratulations to your book”Garden Up”.

  • I love your blog! Thank you for the chance to win some great tools.
    I could really use some new Fiskar tools! Mine are realllllly old!

  • Congrats on the book- love the cyber book party and blog tour!

  • I have, of course, ordered my copies of the book, but just want to say that I’m enjoying your marketing projects to launch this book. It’s nice that you have included some online activities for your followers to ejoy as well. Wishing you much success with this!

  • That is a FABULOUS prize. I just wore my arms and legs out this weekend wacking and hacking with my old, no-longer-so-sharp bypass pruners. A brand-new set would be wonderful!

  • I needed this garden party after the day I’ve had. I have enjoyed seeing the blogs and seeing new websites. Thank you.

  • how exciting for you and best of wishes for your book… and thanks so much for the chance to enjoy Fiskar’s tools in the garden… :))

  • Who knew? I’d come home from work and go to a garden party from the luxury of my recliner. The new book looks very interesting. Can’t wait to see it.

  • what a wonderful way to celebrate your book launch ! And I honestly can’t say which of the prizes I would like to win – well, yes I can, anything with Art Nouveau in the name is a winner in my book!

  • Wow! I had no idea about this book until today. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, it sounds amazing!

  • Rebecca and Susan,
    Once again, a very happy congratulations to you for your wonderful new book, Garden Up !
    This virtual party is fun but I hope to make your on site part next week.
    I’ve taken on a freelance sculpting position that has me working on some neat projects but unfortunately I don’t have the flexibility of full time self employment these days so I don’t know if I will be sculpting Pirates of the Caribbean or chatting it up with new and old friends at Casa Rebecca.
    I hope this book becomes a trusted old friend to many a gardener. I hope to have a long friendship with it myself. Congrats again on Garden Up !!

  • This book party is such a great idea plus a great introduction to all these blog sites!
    I am really enjoying the tour.
    And of course would love a door prize-

  • Oh girls, I AM SO PROUD of what you’ve accomplished. This is a winner winner chicken dinner.

    Love and can’t wait to clink glasses in person at the party,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  • Starting a new garden, and could use some help. All my tools have been around the gardens too many times and a new set would help! Thanks

  • The book looks wonderful, and I love going through each link to the various websites–all of which are great! Thank you!

  • What a great idea for this book party. I have sent the link to many gardening friends.

  • Can’t wait to get my hands on your book, looks very interesting.

  • I am very excited about this book. I can’t wait to get mine!

  • Congrat’s on your book, Rebecca & Susan;-) You have so much to celebrate! I have some Fiskars hedge trimmers/loppers and really love them. Would love any of the prizes, I’m sure. Don’t forget about my Sustainable Living Project again this year. I enjoyed your contribution last year & look forward to seeing you again this year. Lots of prizes over there, too! Geez, we’re all having a blast to celebrate spring, aren’t we?! Now all I need to do is put out a book…then the fun will really begin, I can see!! Many congratulations to you again, sweet Rebecca!

  • Love your book!! Would like to be entered in your contest!
    Happy Gardening!

  • SO proud of you!!! When can I get my autographed copy? This summer? xxo

  • Hi, I would love to be entered into your drawing. I’m really looking forward to reading your book!

  • I am new to the living wall idea. How inviting! I have lots of work to do redoing my garden spaces. I have always just bought a plant when I saw one I liked so had a mish-mash of a garden. I am trying to educate myself and really have a plan! I will certainly learn a lot from the new book and look forward to getting it!

  • I am sure looking forward to checking out your book on vertical gardening. This is just what my garden needs.


  • Looking forward to reading your book, it sounds amazing.

  • Your book is beautiful, I enjoy your blog, and I’d love to win the Fiskars door prize!

  • Love your blog. I’m excited to see your book, as there are so many new possibilities for gardening in small spaces.

  • Beautiful book with lots of eye candy! I just wish I could win one of the yards in the book along with the prize!

  • I’m loving your book, Rebecca. Imagine me sitting on the beach next week with an umbrella drink in hand… trying to figure out how not to spill a drop on these beautiful pages. You and Susan outdid yourselves! Thank you. Oh, BTW, I’m with Debra, if I don’t win the loppers I’m heading to the store.

  • What a beautiful book! Can’t wait to have my own copy.

  • I preordered your book from Amazon and it is on its way. Yeah! Can’t wait to read it. Oh, and I could really use those tools. 🙂

  • Congratulations! Doing Snoopy happy dance here in my office in Southern CA. A bouncing baby book! But more importantly, Sweet Rebecca, I desperately want those Fiskar’s bypass loppers. So much so, I will actually BUY them if I don’t win. ;+)

  • Would love to learn more about vertical gardening. currently on an aquaculture kick, will let you know how that turns out!

  • I am so happy for you both! Congrats! I wish I wouldn’t have had to chose between your talk and Ivette’s at the NWFG Show…silly organizers.

  • Congrats on your book, it really looks like a winner!

  • Congratulations! This door prize, above all others, would be ideal! My current tool of choice, because it’s my only one, are the kitchen scissors…..really. I trimmed back all my roses, sages and vines with scissors and gave myself a mean blister in the crook of my thumb. Oy! Found you through Digging!

  • The book looks fabulous and I will most certainly sit down and peruse it at B and N. I love everything Fiskars and definitely need the tools and container. Ooh, pick me, pick me!!!!

  • My favorite Fiskars tool is the small snipper… I run (on my way to somewhere) through my small gardens taking of the dead and the ugly as I go.

  • So exciting to have seen this book emerge from the collaboration of two folks I admire so… Raising my coffee mug to you both!

  • Congrats on the launch of your new book! It looks great, & I will be adding it to my list of must-get books!

  • Got the book, can’t wait for it to get here; love Fiskars and really need those Cuts-more Scissors! Congrats on the book and all the blogs.

  • I worked with Jim Martin for years and I’m so pleased to see him receive the recognition he deserves! I would love some new tools…mine are worn after so many years in the garden!

  • love the book! great idea of a online book party. I am purchasing it for my daughter who lives in an apartment.

  • OMG!! I am dying to win some new Fiskars tools! I had some, but my employee stole my loppers with a lot of “but they cut so much better!”, my Mommy snagged my Cuts + More “I can trim the fat off of meat!”, and I’ve never actually owned one of those Kangaroos, though I’ve tried them at clients’ homes. Neat prizes!

    Rebecca, congrats on your book launch!

  • Hello Rebecca!

    Congratulations on the launch of your book Garden Up!…it’s on my order list. I ‘m happy to be a part of your cyber book party and I’ve grabbed my cup of coffee but would rather have some of your champagne with a splash of oj please. 😉

    Have fun,


  • I love my Fiscars pruners and I NEED the telescoping ones! Thanks for all the cool ideas and the chance to win.

  • oh, I need this prize! About 2 months ago, I misplaced my favorite Fiskars – you know, the ones I’d kept clean and carefully cared for; kept them in the kitchen drawer for running out to clip herbs. Love them – now they are gone somewhere to the big Lost and Found in Garden world. Crossing fingers so I win this one!

  • Congratulations on your new book…it looks awesome and I cannot wait to get a copy! Thanks for the opportunity to win the Fiskars telescoping bypass loppers! We have so much in our garden that is out of reach…what a totally awesome prize! Thanks again!!

  • I would love to win the Fiskars tools. Thanks for the opportunity.

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