When photographer and all-around nice guy Rob Cardillo photographed my former garden two years ago, he explained that he’d be pitching his images to a magazine for a story idea about regional or xeric design. I was delighted and flattered by his interest but didn’t really expect anything to come of it. Then, just two months after Rob’s visit, my husband and I spontaneously decided to move to a new home here in Austin, and I partially dismantled the garden in order to take treasured plants with me, like the big ‘Whale’s Tongue’ agave that anchored the front garden. I got busy making a new garden and seldom thought about the old one.
So imagine my surprise and excitement when editor Elizabeth Noll from Gardening How-To, the subscriber magazine for the National Home Gardening Club, contacted me a few months ago to interview me for a story to go with Rob’s images. I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Elizabeth about my old garden, its inspiration and evolution, and the combinations of native and adapted xeric plants that worked for me.
Elizabeth’s article, a 6-page spread entitled “Rose Meets Cactus,” appears in the July/August 2010 issue on page 38. I’ve scanned a hard copy here for small-resolution perusal, but it can be read without straining your eyes on the NHGC website.
Only one of Rob’s beautiful images appears on the website version, however, so you’d need a hard copy for a closer look. The magazine is available only through subscription.
All this has made me suddenly nostalgic for my former garden. I am grateful to Gardening How-To, Elizabeth, and Rob for memorializing it for me in peak summer glory.
And if any new readers arrive at Digging via the article, welcome! I’m glad you’re here. I hope you’ll follow along as my gardening adventures continue at my new home.
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