October is Support Your Independent Nursery Month, with giveaways!

Support your local nurseries, y’all!

Do you love your local nurseries? Do you love giveaways? Do you live in the Austin area? If so you’re in luck because October is Support Your Independent Nursery Month, and I’m partnering with four great Austin-area nurseries for giveaways throughout the month here at Digging.

How does it work?
I’ll be posting about one of my favorite nurseries each Monday, and you’ll have until Saturday to leave a comment in order to be entered in a random giveaway from that nursery. Here’s what I’ll be giving away:

Week of Oct. 1: $25 gift certificate from The Natural Gardener
Week of Oct. 8: Fall Power Pack (approximately $125 value) from Barton Springs Nursery
Week of Oct. 15: $50 gift certificate from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery
Week of Oct. 22: $50 gift certificate from The Great Outdoors

As I’ve said before, Austin’s independent nurseries give so much to local gardeners: a wide selection of regionally appropriate plants, including many that are propagated in-house or provided by Texas growers and therefore well-adapted to our climate; friendly service from plant-smart employees, who care enough about their plant stock to keep it watered and healthy; beautiful and fun garden ornaments; quality soils and mulch; display gardens that you can visit to get ideas for your own garden, or just pass a relaxing lunch hour; and informative gardening classes. Imagine if these places didn’t exist and all we had to choose from were plants at the big home-improvement stores?

October is the start of the fall gardening season

If you’ll be adding to your garden this fall, I encourage you to shop at one of the many independent nurseries we’re so lucky to have in the Austin area. (See my Nurseries page for more suggestions, although it’s not a comprehensive list.) Fall is our best planting season in central Texas, so now’s the time to replenish your garden with new plants, compost, mulch, and maybe even a little garden bling. Nursery gift shops also are good places to browse for holiday gifts—or create a wish list of your own.

Tune in Monday for the first giveaway!

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13 Responses

  1. Jeanette says:

    Pam! I love the new design! Beautiful colors did you pull the blue from your agave?

    Jeanette, you got it—I was definitely inspired by my cool blue ‘Whale’s Tongue’ agave. :-) —Pam

  2. rjhyden says:

    Count me in, and no I don`t live in Austin, but I`m coming down to LBJ Center on 10-13 and 14 for the fall plant sale. Like your new design. You are, as always. an inspiration.

    Why, thanks, Randy. The plant sale at the Wildflower Center is always a good one. I’m glad you’ll have an opportunity to come to Austin. —Pam

  3. Julie says:

    Pam! The new design looks great–very clean, bright, and user-friendly. Congratulations!

    Thanks, Julie. I’m glad you like it! —Pam

  4. Katina says:

    Yay! I figured since no one volunteered to organize it, we weren’t doing support your independent nursery month.

    I just didn’t have time to organize the multi-blog giveaway that I did last year, but as you can see there’ll be some great giveaways here, and I am happy to be talking about Austin’s independent nurseries throughout October. Maybe you’d like to join in on your blog? —Pam

  5. ricki says:

    Not to be entered in the giveaway, but I just wanted to voice my support for independent nurseries everywhere. We do our part here to keep them afloat. Bloggers are buyers, dontcha know.

    Oh, do I ever! Thanks for adding your voice to the cause, Ricki. —Pam

  6. Gaynell says:

    Great new design for a great web site. I have been inspired by many of your ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for the kind words, Gaynell. I’m glad you’re here! —Pam

  7. Thanks for the reminder, Pam. I don’t live in Texas, but I plan to support my local Wisconsin nurseries. :)

    That’s wonderful, PP. Keep me updated. —Pam

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  9. Susan Hanson says:

    Hi, I’m new to your blog and love your many ideas and pictures. Fall in Austin is wonderful:)

  10. Mary Ann Robalino says:

    I am on a quest to plant every deer resistant perennial available in my front yard. I love driving or walking up to the front of my house and feasting my eyes on the beautiful color and variety of my current garden. I live in Long Canyon and there are amazing xeriscaped gardens in the neighborhood, even one which has been declared a natural habitat! I aspire to try not to “tame” my garden but to coexist with the challenges of gardening in Central Texas. I have stopped worrying about my “lawn” (weeds) and have dedicated my water to the trees, shrubs, and flowers.

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