Come to my talk at Cedar Park nursery festival this Saturday


This fun flower, held aloft on a 6-foot stalk, is blooming right now in multiple spots in my garden: ‘Chocolate Chips’ manfreda (Manfreda undulata ‘Chocolate Chips’), my absolute favorite manfreda, with ruffled, succulent leaves covered in chocolatey freckles. It’s a beautiful, dry-loving plant that’s perfect for a sunny container, especially when paired with Mexican feathergrass.

And that’s my segue into my upcoming speaking event about water-saving gardening, this coming Saturday…


I’ll be speaking at noon this Saturday, April 30, at Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery’s Lily Blossom Festival in Cedar Park, just barely north of Austin. My free talk is called “How to Garden Water-Wise, Not Water-Wasteful.”


As an old proverb reminds us, “The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.” Don’t be a water-guzzling frog! I’ll be sharing my tips for making a garden that is water-wise, not water-wasteful. Stick around after my talk for a book signing, with autographed copies of Lawn Gone! and The Water-Saving Garden available for purchase ($20 each).


Before you ask what a water-garden nursery is doing, hosting a talk about water-saving gardening, especially during a waterlily festival, let me point out that HCWG carries a LOT of drought-tolerant native and adapted plants, and they have a particularly good succulent section. Also, as I point out in The Water-Saving Garden, a non-wasteful water feature — like a disappearing fountain; a reflective bowl; or a fish-friendly stock-tank pond — can be a powerful focal point and symbol of abundance in an otherwise water-thrifty garden. Moreover, a (non-spraying) water feature typically uses less water than a similar sized patch of lawn grass.

The festival includes a plant sale, free food (while it lasts), live music, and — best of all, right? — all-day garden talks. I hope you’ll join me at noon for my 30-minute talk, followed by a book signing. It should be lots of fun!

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Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

Come see me at Festival of Flowers in San Antonio, May 28, time TBA. Learn more about water-saving gardening 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.

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Succulicious Foliage Follow-Up


I get succulent fever every time I see a display like this. A luscious succulent fountain dripping with string-of-pearls senecio — what better way to introduce a “watery” feature into your garden without using much actual H2O?


Let’s take a little field trip to Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery this Foliage Follow-Up and bask in the succulent goodness.


They’re like candy, aren’t they? HCWG really has a flair for displaying their plants and pots. I wanted one of each…but resisted, as I have cuttings of my own to use right now.


Back at home, this image may be a bit of a cheat for Foliage Follow-Up because the soaring bloom stalk of Moby, my whale’s tongue agave (A. ovatifolia), is all you notice right now. That giant asparagus spear will eventually support a candelabra of flowers at its tip, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. For a little while longer, though, Moby is still the best-looking foliage plant in my garden.

This is my April post for Foliage Follow-Up. Fellow bloggers, what leafy loveliness is going on 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! If you can’t post so soon after Bloom Day, no worries. Just leave your link when you get to it. I look forward to seeing your foliage faves.

I welcome your comments! If you’re reading this in an email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment link 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, time TBA. Learn more about water-saving gardening during my talk at San Antonio’s 19th annual Festival of Flowers. Get a signed copy of my book after the talk. 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!

I’m on Instagram as pamdigging. See you there!

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

Podcast interview with KUT’s Jennifer Stayton at Holy Grounds


Last Wednesday, KUT’s “Morning Edition” host Jennifer Stayton interviewed me for a podcast as part of the Coffee with the Author series at Holy Grounds, a coffee shop/bookstore/gift shop located downtown in St. David’s Episcopal Church. I was honored to join their author series, which is held at noon on the first Wednesday of each month. Holy Grounds serves breakfast and lunch, so it’s easy to grab a bite to eat while listening to Jennifer’s conversations with the authors. (She records the podcast just before the public interview and Q&A with the audience.)

To listen to the 12-minute podcast I did with Jennifer, click here. The topic? The why and how of water-saving gardening, of course!


I arrived a little early and was delighted to see a table set up at the entrance (top photo) with my books and other titles about water-thrifty gardening, notecards adorned with succulents, and colorful food cans potted with succulents. How fun! Naturally I had to do a little shopping myself before meeting Jennifer for the podcast.


Aren’t these cute? Aside from the garden-themed display, Holy Grounds has a great selection of unusual and pretty gift items, plus shelves of books to peruse.


The audience Q&A and book-signing afterward went really well. My thanks to all the folks who spent their lunch hour with us, asked great questions, and/or bought a book, including these three special friends: Kim, Jennifer, and Anna, the manager of Holy Grounds, whom I’ve known since our daughters were in kindergarten together. Thanks also to the Holy Grounds and St. David’s staff and Jennifer Stayton, for making me feel so welcome and including me in their lineup!

I welcome your comments. If you’re reading this in an email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment link 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, time TBA. Learn more about water-saving gardening during my talk at San Antonio’s 19th annual Festival of Flowers. Get a signed copy of my book after the talk. 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!

I’m on Instagram as pamdigging. See you there!

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

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