On a “Modern Mission” in Garden Design magazine


It may be cold and gray outside, but that means it’s a perfect time of year to curl up with the new Winter 2018 issue of Garden Design magazine. I got my copy today and am excited to tell you about my article “Modern Mission,” which appears on page 54. It explores a lush, oasis-style courtyard garden and outer garden of drought-tolerant Australian plants on the site of an old pear orchard in Sonoma, California. Photos are by the inimitable Marion Brenner.


Dream gardens indeed! Get your copy by subscribing to Garden Design. You can also sometimes find it in bookstores and garden shops. The quarterly magazine is packed with in-depth articles and beautiful photos — and zero ads.

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Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

Calling all garden bloggers! You’re invited to register for the annual Garden Bloggers Fling tour and meetup, which will be held in Austin this May 3rd-6th! Click this link for information about registering, and you can see our itinerary here. Space is limited, so don’t delay. The 2018 Fling will be the event’s 10th anniversary, which started in Austin in 2008.

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark Talks! Inspired by the idea of house concerts, I’m hosting a series of garden talks by inspiring designers and authors out of my home. Talks are limited-attendance events and generally sell out within just a few days, so join the Garden Spark email list for early notifications. Simply click this link and ask to be added.

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Grassy scrims and yucca color for Foliage Follow-Up


As I write this, an icy wind is flinging plastic pots and flapping draped sheets that are supposed to be sheltering certain freeze-tender plants in my garden. All I will say about that is that this is not the winter I signed up for. Happily, most of my garden is winter tough, including lovely native grasses like pine muhly (Muhlenbergia dubia) and colorful golden yuccas (Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’). Even frothy silver ‘Powis Castle’ artemisia holds up decently for most of the winter.


Pine muhly closeup


‘Color Guard’ yucca offers lemon-lime color all winter long.


And check out those cool thread-like filaments along the leaf edges.


Texas sotol (Dasylirion texana) is also a winter workhorse, remaining evergreen and beautiful no matter the weather.

This is my January post for Foliage Follow-Up. Fellow bloggers, what leafy loveliness is happening in your garden this month? Please join me in giving foliage its due on the day after Bloom Day. Leave a link to your post in a comment below. I’d appreciate it if you’ll also link to my post in your own — sharing link love! I look forward to seeing your foliage faves.

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

Calling all garden bloggers! You’re invited to register for the annual Garden Bloggers Fling tour and meetup, which will be held in Austin this May 3rd-6th! Click this link for information about registering, and you can see our itinerary here. Space is limited, so don’t delay. The 2018 Fling will be the event’s 10th anniversary, which started in Austin in 2008.

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark Talks! Inspired by the idea of house concerts, I’m hosting a series of garden talks by inspiring designers and authors out of my home. Talks are limited-attendance events and generally sell out within just a few days, so join the Garden Spark email list for early notifications. Simply click this link and ask to be added.

All material © 2006-2018 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

Garden Spark talk with Tom Spencer on Feb. 8 is sold out

People in the Austin area are hungry for garden design talks! I’m glad, because I’ve been hungry for such talks too. In fact, that’s why I launched Garden Spark last year.

Last week I blogged here about the 2018 series and an upcoming Garden Spark talk with speaker Tom Spencer. That talk promptly sold out in under 5 hours. Since then I’ve had a few people email me to ask how they can get a spot at other talks this year. Here’s how: join the Garden Spark email list. I announce ticket sales to those on my email list first (i.e., privately), and if any tickets remain after a few days, I announce it here on my blog. For the last two talks, no tickets have remained for a public announcement.

When I started Garden Spark in early 2017, I was sure there was an unmet need in Austin for engaging and thought-provoking talks about garden design. The response has been greater than I hoped. My thanks to all who have attended a talk so far. Your participation is helping to broaden the conversation about garden design in our community!

***THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. If you’d like to hear about future Garden Spark talks and want access to early ticket sales, please join the mailing list. Simply send me an email and let me know you’d like to be added.***

February 8: Tom Spencer presents “The Tao of Texas Gardening: Finding Balance in a Changing Climate”

Description: Gardening in Texas is tough enough, but throw climate change into the picture and things are likely to get downright ugly — unless we adapt. In this talk Tom Spencer, host of KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener, suggests a strategy for creating a beautiful garden that is sustainable (in multiple senses of the word) and welcoming. Inspired by ideas from ancient Eastern philosophy, Tom advocates for appropriate balance in our soils, plant palettes, and designs. This talk will help you find a new “Way” of gardening.

Bio: Best known as host of KLRU’s Emmy-winning garden program Central Texas Gardener, Tom Spencer also hosts a long-running gardening program for KLBJ-AM called The Wildflower Hour. A garden blogging pioneer, from 1999 to 2009 Tom inspired readers with his beautiful photographs and thoughtful musings on his award-winning blog Soul of the Garden, which chronicled the creation of his garden and explored the intersections of spirituality, culture, and gardening.

With a long public service career spanning 36 years, Tom is currently serving as director for the Texas Living Waters Project for the National Wildlife Federation, which works to protect freshwater resources in Texas.

***THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. If you’d like to hear about future Garden Spark talks and want access to early ticket sales, please join the mailing list. Simply send me an email and let me know you’d like to be added.***

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

Calling all garden bloggers! You’re invited to register for the annual Garden Bloggers Fling tour and meetup, which will be held in Austin this May 3rd-6th! Click this link for information about registering, and you can see our itinerary here. Space is limited, so don’t delay. The 2018 Fling will be the event’s 10th anniversary, which started in Austin in 2008.

Join the mailing list for Garden Spark Talks! Inspired by the idea of house concerts, I’m hosting a series of garden talks by inspiring designers and authors out of my home. Talks are limited-attendance events and generally sell out within just a few days, so join the Garden Spark email list for early notifications. Simply click this link and ask to be added.

All material © 2006-2018 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

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