Digging blog mention in Country Gardens magazine


Hello! As I turned to page 107 while reading the current issue of Country Gardens (Spring 2017), I saw a screenshot of my blog. What’s this?


It turns out Digging is one of Tucson garden designer and author Scott Calhoun‘s favorite blogs for the Southwest. Thanks so much for the great review, Scott!


Check out Country Gardens magazine to see blog shout-outs for other regions, including the Midwest, Mountain, Northeast, Northwest, and Southeast. Several of my favorites are mentioned; I’d have included some others. And don’t forget to check out my own blogroll for more great garden blogs!

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Library Journal and NYBG review my book, plus an interview by May Dreams’ Carol

Yay, my new book has gotten a couple of great reviews just in time for holiday shopping season — and library-stocking season, apparently. Library Journal has named The Water-Saving Garden as “essential” for libraries building their collection of books about current gardening trends. Being water-wise in the garden? I’m right on trend!

New York Botanical Garden’s Plant Talk Blog also recommends The Water-Saving Garden! NYBG librarian Esther Jackson writes, “The Water-Saving Garden is an all-around excellent book for those who already have existing gardens or who are in the process of designing and/or installing new gardens and are looking for water-saving landscape design ideas. Not so much a how-to guide as it is inspirational, this book offers practical advice and projects for garden designers and home-owners alike. The projects suggested are very modular, and even those who don’t have a lot of space to work with or redesign may find inspiration. The truly inspired will find enough projects to redesign an entire yard or property.”

On a more personal level, I was recently interviewed by popular blogger and garden writer Carol Michel of May Dreams Gardens for a profile in GWA‘s newsletter On the QT (Oct/Nov 2016). Carol wanted to know how I got started as a garden writer, so if you’re curious about that, click here and read page 16.

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Need a holiday gift for the gardener, new homeowner, or environmentalist on your list?
Please consider giving one (or both!) of my books. They’re packed with plenty of how-to info for newbies as well as lots of inspirational photos and design ideas for more experienced gardeners! Order today from Amazon (Water-Saving Garden / Lawn Gone!) or other online booksellers (Water-Saving Garden / Lawn Gone!), or find them anywhere books are sold.

“In an era of drought and unpredictable weather patterns, The Water-Saving Garden could not come at a better time. With striking photographs and a designer’s eye, Penick shows us just how gorgeous a water-wise garden can be. This is the must-have garden book of the year!”
Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants

“This thoughtful, inviting, and thoroughly useful book should be required for every new homeowner at closing. It has the power to transform residential landscapes from coast to coast and change the world we all share.”
Lauren Springer Ogden, author of The Undaunted Garden and coauthor of Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens

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Catch me on CTG, at Wildflower Center book-signing & more!


It’s back-to-the-garden time in Texas, and it’s also garden-talk season! I’m making a few appearances around Texas this fall (see below), and you can also catch me this weekend on Austin’s own Central Texas Gardener TV show. Last fall, right before my garden was on tour, CTG producer Linda Lehmusvirta and her crew visited my garden to film it, and me talking about it.


It airs this weekend on KLRU and other stations around the South and Southwest, and it’s already online. Watching myself on TV is not my favorite activity (I’m way too introverted for that), but I hope it conveys what I was going for with my garden. It’s no designer showcase, and it’s far from perfect. It’s a personal garden that makes me happy, where I experiment with plants and design ideas and feel connected with nature. I hope that comes through, and it’s always my hope to share my gardening enthusiasm with others!


Huge thanks to Linda, cameraman Ed, and the rest of the CTG crew for sharing my garden on the show! And for mentioning my books too…


…which (cue suave segue) I’ll be autographing tomorrow (Friday) at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s gift store from 1 to 3 pm. Tomorrow is the members’-day portion of their Fall Native Plant Sale, so if you’re coming out for that, I hope you’ll drop in at the store and say hi. Visitors and members alike, it’s a great time to visit the gardens, which are gorgeous this time of year.

Here are sneak peeks of my two books, which I’ll be signing from 1 to 3 pm. Remember, if you’re a member, you get a 10% discount in the gift store!


In one week, next Saturday the 22nd, I’ll be speaking at Planta Nativa festival in McAllen, Texas, and it’s going to be a lot of fun! Activities are going on all that weekend, but the main event is Saturday evening, with beer and wine, live music, an art exhibit, delicious food, and yours truly presenting the keynote talk, “Local Heroes: Designing with Native Plants for Water-Saving Gardens.” Hope to see all you South Texans there!


Earlier this month, I was super excited to learn that esteemed magazine The American Gardener featured The Water-Saving Garden in its reviews section in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue.


They devoted a whole page, in fact, to books about managing water sustainably in the garden, which is terrific.


Here’s what they say about my book.


Speaking of water-saving gardens, here’s a quick look at my favorite plants this week, as our second spring begins: autumn sage (Salvia greggii) and whale’s tongue agave (A. ovatifolia) in my neighbor’s garden that I planted for her.


And in my own streetside garden, ‘Pink Flamingos’ muhly with hot-pink autumn sage and dark-purple ‘Vertigo’ pennisetum (Pennisetum purpureum ‘Vertigo’ from Proven Winners, a trial plant they sent me) in the background.


And just for fun, a mosaic glass-tile prickly pear at The Domain shopping center in north Austin.


Happy fall, y’all!

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South Texans, come see me at the 2nd annual Planta Nativa festival in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday, October 22. I’ll be delivering the keynote talk, “Local Heroes: Designing with Native Plants for Water-Saving Gardens,” that evening. Tickets are on sale at Quinta Mazatlan. I hope to see you there!

I’ll be speaking at the Antique Rose Emporium Fall Festival 2016 in Brenham, Texas, on Saturday, November 5th, 1:30-2:30 pm. Come on out to the Antique Rose Emporium’s beautiful gardens for a day of speakers and fun! My talk, with plenty of eye-candy photos, is called “Hold the Hose! How to Design a Water-Saving Garden that Wows.” Meet me afterward at the book-signing table!

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!

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