Look for me in Garden Design and my book in Southern Living


What a treat to have two treasured magazines arrive in the mailbox, one containing an article I’ve been working on, the other with a nice mention of my new book!


In the July 2016 issue, Southern Living garden editor Steve “Grumpy Gardener” Bender recommends my book The Water-Saving Garden — yay!


Thanks, Steve!


And look for my latest article in the Summer 2016 issue of Garden Design.


It’s always a thrill to be a contributor!


My article, a profile of New York-based landscape architect Edmund Hollander and design lessons from his gardens, starts on page 130. Ed is a personable interviewee with a great sense of humor, and I think you’ll enjoy his insights.


If you don’t already subscribe to both magazines, you should. Garden Design is for anyone who appreciates in-depth writing about gardens, plants, and design plus gorgeous eye candy. For those who live in (or miss) the South, Southern Living showcases beautiful homes and gardens plus regional travel and food.

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My article about Voorhes’ homestead garden in Austin Home


A homestead garden in the city? You bet! I’ll show you the productive garden of Adam Voorhes and Robin Finlay — a commercial- and editorial-photography team (and married couple) known as The Voorhes — in the Summer 2016 issue of Austin Home, which you can find on area newsstands now.


I wrote and photographed the article, which is a first for me. I had the pleasure of interviewing Robin and Adam last fall. Their garden designer, B. Jane, whose work I love, and their bulldogs, Lefty and Lucy, made it into the shoot too. Well, Lefty did. He’s the more social one.


Adam and Robin’s garden is all about, What can it do for me? They have a large winter-vegetable garden, citrus trees and loquats for fruit, a pecan tree for nuts, a beehive for honey, chickens for eggs, cisterns for water collection, and a clothesline for energy-efficient drying. Even their custom, trough-style water feature is more than merely decorative: it provides water for their bees. They also grow herbs for cooking and pollinator plants for the bees.


B. Jane packed a lot into their smallish lot, but it doesn’t feel overcrowded thanks to the openness of a small lawn in the shade of the pecan and a generous, straight-edge path that defines the lawn and provides access to the working areas.

Check it out, if you can get your hands on a copy. There are several other garden articles in this issue as well. Update 6/16: You can read the article online too.


Also in this issue, editor Gene Menez interviewed me for a nice mention of my book on page 44, which I appreciate. I got a kick out of the title, “Penick’s Little Green Book,” which you golfing enthusiasts may recognize as playing off Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book. At least once a month someone will ask me if I’m related to Harvey Penick, a legendary and beloved golf instructor from Texas. (The answer is no, but my husband is, distantly.)


I leave you with one last image from the Voorhes’ garden: their dog Lefty and his ball, and their easygoing patio ready for summer relaxation.

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Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday: I’ll be speaking!


Central and south Texas gardening friends, are you going to the Festival of Flowers in San Antonio this Saturday? I am! In fact, I’ll be giving a presentation at 10:30 am 10:45 am about how to make a garden that is both water thrifty and beautiful. With eye-candy photos and my top water-saving techniques and water-evoking design ideas, it’ll be a mix of the practical and the creative! After my talk, I’ll be at the book-signing table with copies of The Water-Saving Garden and Lawn Gone!, so come on over and say hi and maybe pick up an autographed book for yourself or as a gift.


Other speakers are on tap all day, including Dr. Calvin Finch on butterfly gardening, “Skip” Richter on natural pest control, and Ray Elizondo on growing daylilies. In the afternoon, catch an organic-gardening roundtable discussion with four experts including Austin’s own John Dromgoole of The Natural Gardener and KLBJ radio show “Gardening Naturally with John Dromgoole.”


Of course there will be plants and garden goods for sale. If you get there early, you may even receive a FREE xeriscape (drought-tolerant) plant, while supplies last, courtesy of San Antonio Water System, co-host of the Festival of Flowers.

Here are the official details:

Saturday, May 28
9 am to 5 pm
San Antonio (Alzafar) Shrine Auditorium
901 N. Loop 1604 West

(Between US Hwy 281 N. and Blanco Rd.)

Tickets available at the door.
Admission $6 adults
Children under 10 free
Free Parking

Carts and wagons welcome. Come and go with hand-stamp. Free plant and package check-room.
ATM on site. Concessions available all day from Augie’s Barbed Wire Barbeque

I hope to see you there!

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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!

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

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