My book recommended by Better Homes and Gardens!


Last night I was sprawled on the couch reading the new issue of Better Homes and Gardens (May 2016). Halfway through the magazine, I turned the page and saw the cover of my new book, The Water-Saving Garden, pictured along with four other gardening titles.


“Our favorite new garden titles,” it reads. What an honor! Thank you, BHG, for recommending my book to your readers!

By the way, I second BHG’s recommendation of Bill Thomas’s book, The Art of Gardening, whose design-focused look at the garden Chanticleer, with gorgeous photos by Rob Cardillo, is absolutely wonderful. The other titles look intriguing too. I notice another Ten Speed Press book (my publisher) made BHG’s list, Annie Novak’s The Rooftop Growing Guide.


By the way, if you don’t already subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens, you might consider doing so for their recent renewed focus on gardening content under the leadership of new editor-in-chief Stephen Orr, himself a garden writer and former gardening editorial director for Martha Stewart Living. This issue has a wonderful article, “Raise the Roots” by Debra Prinzing, about the design of an edible garden using Corten steel rings.


Oh yeah, baby! Regular readers know I’m strictly an ornamental gal, but this article tempted even vegetable-shunning me to think about where I might find room for a contemporary-styled veggie patch like this one. Coincidentally, the beautiful design is by fellow Ten Speed Press author Stefani Bittner, who co-authored The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs.

There’s lots of good garden reading for you! I’m thrilled to be included in BHG’s list. So, what garden books are you reading right now? Do share if you’ve found something really good!

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Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

I’ll be speaking on April 30, noon-12:30 pm, in Cedar Park, Texas, at Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery’s Lily Blossom Festival. My free talk is called “How to Garden Water-Wise, Not Water-Wasteful.” An old proverb reminds us that 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.

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!

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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.

Thanks for coming to Zilker Garden Festival


Despite Friday’s surprising chilly rainstorm, the weekend turned out to be perfect, weather-wise. And gardening enthusiasts turned out in droves to attend Zilker Garden Festival, which is Zilker Botanical Garden‘s big fundraiser — money that goes toward keeping the gardens maintained and beautiful in this era of low city funding. Thank you to everyone who came, especially if you visited the Author Booth! Here I am working the booth and visiting with cactus and succulent expert Jeff Pavlat and Bob Barth of Oracle Gorge Nursery, who stopped by.


I met so many wonderful gardeners and readers, including this delightful Digging fan who told me she and her husband drove all the way from Katy, Texas, to meet me. How cool is that? I tried to talk her into starting a blog so she can join the online garden chatting and sharing. After all, she could be inspiring the next gardener to come along. Katy friend, if you start one, let me know, OK? :)


Aside from meeting readers and fellow gardeners, I had a great time hanging out with my fellow authors, like funny lady and goat breeder (just kidding, sort of) Jenny Peterson (who took this photo and the one above — thank you, Jenny!).


On Saturday I shared the booth with two terrific women, Judy Barrett and Cheryl Beesley.


And on Sunday, Jenny (in white) and I switched off with KLRU’s Trisha Shirey (in purple), Judy (in green), and Lucinda Hutson (in stripes). I was honored to share the booth with these talented women who’ve contributed so much to Austin’s gardening scene.


Huge thanks to Zilker Garden Festival organizers, especially Syd Teague and Cathy Wood, for hosting the author booth and giving me an opportunity to sell my books. I hope the festival raised piles of cash for Zilker Garden. And they really rocked it with this year’s hipster American Gothic poster too.

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

THIS WEDNESDAY: Join me for Coffee with the Author at noon on April 6 at Holy Grounds
KUT’s Jennifer Stayton will interview me about water-saving gardening and host a Q&A with the audience — which I hope will include YOU. Afterward I’ll sign copies of The Water-Saving Garden and Lawn Gone!. I hope to see you there for this intimate, lunchtime event. Holy Grounds coffee shop is located in downtown Austin in the main building of St. David’s Episcopal Church at 301 East 8th Street. You can park in the surface lot in front of St. David’s main doors.

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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