Country Gardens book review & interview at Garden Style San Antonio


It’s an exciting day when you see that Ken Druse, a superstar in the garden-writing world, has reviewed your book. I picked up the the current issue of Country Gardens magazine (Summer 2016) at Barnes & Noble over the weekend…


…and was thrilled to discover my book cover and Ken’s review on pages 106 and 107, along with eight other new garden books “for the green-of-heart.”

The Water-Saving Garden may not be typical beach reading, but feel free to be unconventional! After all, Ken recommends it for your summer reading. Thanks, Ken and Country Gardens!


I’m also delighted to share an interview I did with the most enthusiastic, fun-loving, water-saving gardener I know, Heather Ginsburg of San Antonio Water System (SAWS). Heather and I met as fellow Texas bloggers (her blog is Xericstyle), and she’s become a real-life friend as well. Regular readers may remember my post about visiting her livable, family-friendly San Antonio garden.

I recently talked with Heather about how I got into gardening and blogging, how important social media is for what I do, how I came to write gardening books, and more. You can find the interview online at Garden Style San Antonio. Thank you, Heather and SAWS!

And remember, if you live in central or south Texas, I’d love to see you at my garden talk and book-signing at the Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday, May 28th. For all the details, click here.

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Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

Come see me at Festival of Flowers in San Antonio, May 28, 10:30-11:30 am. Get inspired to save water in your garden during my presentation at San Antonio’s 19th annual Festival of Flowers. I’ll be at the book-signing table after the talk, with copies of both The Water-Saving Garden and Lawn Gone! available for purchase. Tickets to the all-day festival, which includes a plant sale and exchange, speakers, and a flower show, are available at the door: $6 adults; children under 10 free. Free parking.

Do you review? Have you read my new book, The Water-Saving Garden? If you found it helpful or inspirational, please consider leaving a review — even just a sentence or two — on Amazon, Goodreads, or other sites. Online reviews are crucial in getting a book noticed. I really appreciate your help!

All material © 2006-2016 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday: I’ll be speaking!


Central and south Texas gardening friends, are you going to the Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday? I am! In fact, I’ll be giving a presentation at 10:30 am about how to make a garden that is both water thrifty and beautiful. With eye-candy photos and my top water-saving techniques and water-evoking design ideas, it’ll be a mix of the practical and the creative! After my talk, I’ll be at the book-signing table with copies of The Water-Saving Garden and Lawn Gone!, so come on over and say hi and maybe pick up an autographed book for yourself or as a gift.


Other speakers are on tap all day, including Dr. Calvin Finch on butterfly gardening, “Skip” Richter on natural pest control, and Ray Elizondo on growing daylilies. In the afternoon, catch an organic-gardening roundtable discussion with four experts including Austin’s own John Dromgoole of The Natural Gardener and KLBJ radio show “Gardening Naturally with John Dromgoole.”


Of course there will be plants and garden goods for sale. If you get there early, you may even receive a FREE xeriscape (drought-tolerant) plant, while supplies last, courtesy of San Antonio Water System, co-host of the Festival of Flowers.

Here are the official details:

Saturday, May 28
9 am to 5 pm
San Antonio (Alzafar) Shrine Auditorium
901 N. Loop 1604 West

(Between US Hwy 281 N. and Blanco Rd.)

Tickets available at the door.
Admission $6 adults
Children under 10 free
Free Parking

Carts and wagons welcome. Come and go with hand-stamp. Free plant and package check-room.
ATM on site. Concessions available all day from Augie’s Barbed Wire Barbeque

I hope to see you there!

I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post.
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Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

Do you review? Have you read my new book, The Water-Saving Garden? If you found it helpful or inspirational, please consider leaving a review — even just a sentence or two — on Amazon, Goodreads, or other sites. Online reviews are crucial in getting a book noticed. I really appreciate your help!

All material © 2006-2016 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

Snake lounging and whale flowering in the garden


The biggest snake I’d ever seen in my garden was lounging in a bamboo hammock this morning.


Earlier, while looking out my office window, I’d noticed a bamboo cane leaning horizontally and thought, “Hmm, did it rain again?” But no, everything looked dry, so I eventually moseyed out to take a look.


Hello! A 5-foot long rat snake was coiled way out on a culm of the ‘Alphonse Karr’ bamboo (Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’) behind the house.


It’s kind of pretty, don’t you think? I’m not scared of snakes in the garden, although I’m sure I’d feel differently about a venomous one. I’ve never seen a rattlesnake or coral snake in my garden, but I do keep an eye out since we back up to a greenbelt, and this is Texas.


But rat snakes are not venomous, and they eat rats, which means it’s a welcome predator in Austin. They unfortunately also eat birds and bird eggs (they’re good climbers), but that’s all part of the circle of life.


Eventually it coiled its way down the bamboo, and David and I watched it slither through the garden bed, down a wall, along the pool deck, and into the Mexican honeysuckle, where it disappeared. Go eat rats, rat snake!


Moby, my whale’s tongue agave (A. ovatifolia), has been growing a magnificent bloom stalk for a month and a half. Today, the first flowers on the lower branches opened.


Will they attract bats? I hope to find out.

All in all, it’s been an exciting day in the garden. And a shout-out to Peter Schaar, who visited from Dallas and brought me an Agave salmiana pup from his garden. Thanks, Peter!

I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post.
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Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

Come see me at Festival of Flowers in San Antonio, May 28, 10:30-11:30 am. Get inspired to save water in your garden during my presentation at San Antonio’s 19th annual Festival of Flowers. I’ll be at the book-signing table after the talk, with copies of both The Water-Saving Garden and Lawn Gone! available for purchase. Tickets to the all-day festival, which includes a plant sale and exchange, speakers, and a flower show, are available at the door: $6 adults; children under 10 free. Free parking.

Do you review? Have you read my new book, The Water-Saving Garden? If you found it helpful or inspirational, please consider leaving a review — even just a sentence or two — on Amazon, Goodreads, or other sites. Online reviews are crucial in getting a book noticed. I really appreciate your help!

All material © 2006-2016 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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