My Dry and Mighty article is in Wildflower magazine


If you’re a member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, you’ll soon find the Summer 2015 issue of Wildflower magazine in your mailbox. I’m thrilled to announce that I wrote the cover story, “Dry & Mighty.”


What’s it all about? “A dry garden doesn’t have to be drab. Make yours dazzle even in summer,” teases the contents-page tagline. In the 6-page spread, I offer design ideas for making a dry garden that looks great all year.


The article will appear on the Wildflower Center’s website soon (I’ll link to it then). But I urge you to consider subscribing by becoming a member. Not only will you receive this beautiful and informative quarterly magazine, but you’ll be supporting the garden and its mission to educate people about native plants and their benefits to ecosystems everywhere — from wilderness to your own back yard. You’ll also get free admission to the garden (and to reciprocating botanical gardens throughout the U.S.) and a discount in the gift shop.


While this wet spring may have central Texans thinking about rain gardens rather than dry gardens, we all know that dry, hot weather will return. When it does, it pays to be prepared. It’s hard to establish new plants, even xeric ones, when drought is squeezing the ground dry. This, then, may prove to be the perfect year for getting a tough, new garden established.

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My former garden is in Great Backyards magazine


I don’t tend to feel nostalgic about my former garden, which I loved but left almost 7 years ago. After all, it lives on in years of blog posts (see Categories: 1st Garden in my sidebar). Even so, I’m pleased that Green Hall Garden is getting another moment in the sun via one of my photos in the current issue of Great Backyards magazine, which is on newsstands and in home-improvement stores until July 2015.


It’s in an article called “Go Lawn-Free,” which starts on page 26. Actually, two of my photos accompany the article, including the top one shown here, of Houston designer David Morello’s garden.


My former front garden appears on page 27. Aww, Green Hall, I miss you a little right now.

In the caption, my book Lawn Gone! got a little mention, which also makes me happy, especially since Green Hall was my training ground for going all-in with a lawn-gone garden.

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Look for me in Austin Woman and Consumer Reports magazines this month


When it rains, it pours. After the Southern Living publicity in February, a writer for Austin Woman contacted me for an interview about blogging and gardening in Austin.


I was happy to oblige, and now the issue with my interview is out. You can pick up a free copy at various locations around town; it’s the April 2015 issue, page 32. Or if you prefer to read online, you can find the article here. I’m delighted to be an Austin Woman!


In a magazine two-fer, I was also interviewed recently for a Consumer Reports article about making your landscaping, especially the lawn, more sustainable in light of concerns about chemical use, drought, and loss of wildlife habitat.


You’ll find the article on page 33, in the May 2015 issue.


My quote about lawn alternatives appears on page 34.


You can read the article online at ConsumerReports.org.

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