Digging receives two Garden Writers Association awards!

GWA Silver Award

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve received two Silver Awards of Achievement for garden writing in the 2015 Garden Writers Association Media Awards Program.

One award is for the category Blog-Writing. The judges, in making their decision, specifically considered three of my blog posts at Digging:
Up on the High Line, a skyline promenade
Gardens are for people, so put people in your garden photos
Color-drenched walls and desert beauty in Steve Martino-designed Palo Christi Garden

The other award is for the category E-Zine Article, and the recognized piece is “Placing Art in the Garden,” which I wrote for Garden Design magazine’s website.


I’m honored by this recognition. According to GWA, “This national award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. The Media Award winners have been judged by industry experts and show significant distinction and merits that exemplify exceptional work.”

A Silver Award is wonderful in itself, but it also places my work in a competitive judging process for GWA Gold Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the annual symposium this fall. Fingers crossed!

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You put Digging in Better Homes and Gardens magazine!

It’s all thanks to you! I opened the new issue (July 2015) of Better Homes and Gardens magazine yesterday to find Digging listed on page 8 along with the other 2015 Blogger Awards winners.

There I am — woot! I found out in March that Digging had won the Readers’ Pick, so it really is all your doing, you wonderful readers. Thank you!

Coming soon: Tours of fabulous gardens from Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling, which I’m eager to share with you!

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My Dry and Mighty article is in Wildflower magazine

If you’re a member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, you’ll soon find the Summer 2015 issue of Wildflower magazine in your mailbox. I’m thrilled to announce that I wrote the cover story, “Dry & Mighty.”

What’s it all about? “A dry garden doesn’t have to be drab. Make yours dazzle even in summer,” teases the contents-page tagline. In the 6-page spread, I offer design ideas for making a dry garden that looks great all year.

The article will appear on the Wildflower Center’s website soon (I’ll link to it then). But I urge you to consider subscribing by becoming a member. Not only will you receive this beautiful and informative quarterly magazine, but you’ll be supporting the garden and its mission to educate people about native plants and their benefits to ecosystems everywhere — from wilderness to your own back yard. You’ll also get free admission to the garden (and to reciprocating botanical gardens throughout the U.S.) and a discount in the gift shop.

While this wet spring may have central Texans thinking about rain gardens rather than dry gardens, we all know that dry, hot weather will return. When it does, it pays to be prepared. It’s hard to establish new plants, even xeric ones, when drought is squeezing the ground dry. This, then, may prove to be the perfect year for getting a tough, new garden established.

Update: The Summer 2015 issue is now available online.

All material © 2006-2015 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.