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

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You chose Digging in Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Awards!

Here’s a living bouquet for you, dear readers. I just learned that Digging won the Readers’ Choice award in the gardening category of the Better Homes and Gardens 2015 Blogger Awards! Wow! Thank you so much for voting for me! You are my motivators, and in 9 years of blogging, sharing my love of gardening has never gotten old because of your interest, engagement, and comments. Hugs to you all!

As a Readers’ Choice winner, my blog will be featured in the July 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, plus they’re awarding me $200! Yep, I see a plant shopping spree in my future.

New readers, if you’ve just found my blog, welcome! I’m an Austin gardener who blogs about the challenges and rewards of hot-climate gardening. But there’s plenty here for garden lovers everywhere. Check out my garden tours, gardening book reviews, Plant This posts, Drive-By Gardens posts, and popular how-to posts like making a stock-tank pond.

I’m also the author of Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard, and coming out next spring is a new book I’m working on called The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water. I invite you to follow my Facebook page too.

Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens, for the award and recognition. And I want to offer my congratulations to The Horticult, a beautifully photographed blog by two succulent lovers from Southern California, which won the Editor’s Choice award, and to the other excellent and deserving bloggers in the BHG Top 10 Garden Blogs. I’m honored to be in their company.

Update 4/3/15: For the complete list of finalists and winners in each category of the 2015 BHG Blogger Awards, click here.

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