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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The Water-Saving Garden and Southern Living Bloggers to Follow

Two really nice things happened yesterday. First I learned that Southern Living, a magazine I’ve been reading since I was a teenager, named me one of 30 Bloggers To Follow in 2015.

“From food to home and everything in between, we share the list of bloggers that are inspiring our editors in 2015,” reads Southern Living‘s article, and I’m truly honored to be included, along with several other garden bloggers I admire: Dee Nash of Red Dirt Ramblings (Oklahoma), Helen Yoest of Gardening With Confidence (North Carolina), Steve Asbell of The Rainforest Garden (Florida), and Carolyn Binder of Cowlick Cottage Farm (Florida). Thanks so much, Southern Living!

Amid the little windstorm that kicked up on my social media all day, I heard from my editor at Ten Speed Press that I could release the name of my upcoming book, the follow-up to Lawn Gone! that I’ve been working on since last summer — and working on furiously since October.

The new book is called The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water, and it’ll be out early next year. Please “Like” my book’s new Facebook page (if you’re on FB) to follow all the news about it. Just as I still do on Lawn Gone!‘s FB page, I’ll also be sharing stories of interest about saving water in the garden. I promise, this won’t be a dry (pun intended), technical, how-to book but a lively, inspiring book full of practical and creative ways to garden while using less of our most precious resource.

Oh, and don’t forget, if you haven’t already entered, I’m celebrating my book announcement by offering a GIVEAWAY to 3 lucky winners: a copy of my book Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. Pop over to my giveaway webpage (not this page) to leave a comment and be entered in the giveaway, which ends next Monday, February 9th.

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