Lawn Gone! Book Party and Giveaways!

Lawn Gone!

Have you been waiting for the book-release party to start here at Digging? Well, today’s the day! To celebrate the release of my new book, Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard, you’re all invited to my Lawn Gone Book Party – with some very cool party favors! Six garden blogging friends and I are hosting 7 great giveaways this week, all related to the theme of—wait for it—lawn alternatives.

Lawn Gone! is, of course, about alternatives to the traditional lawn: all kinds of ground-covering plants, functional and appropriately scaled hardscape, and fun features to draw you outside. I wrote it to inspire people to think differently about their yards, and to help readers make the transition, step-by-step, from lawn to reduced lawn or no lawn. Most of all, I hope to show what you gain in the process: a beautiful, eco-friendly, inviting, living landscape or garden.

Check out my book page for more information. You can find links there to purchase Lawn Gone! online. You can also find it in bookstores and at nurseries and garden centers with especially good taste in books. :-)

But now it’s time for the book party giveaways! So blow the party horns and toss the confetti, and just look at these cool, alt-lawn themed prizes! OK, I’ll admit, some prizes are more closely on theme than others, but they’re all catnip for garden lovers, and you can enter all 7 giveaways for a chance to win. Just follow the links below, leave a comment on each blog’s giveaway post to enter, and check back next Monday to see if you won.


As a nod to cultivating a moss “lawn” in lieu of grass, Meems at Hoe and Shovel is giving away an adorable Moss Rock in a medium/Cobble size and Toadstool color (valued at $30). Moss Rocks are living sculptures and zen moss gardens all rolled into one. Donated by Moss and Stone Gardens, a design firm in Raleigh, N.C., specializing in moss landscapes.


Loree Bohl of Danger Garden is giving away a $50 gift card from Plant Delights, a mail-order nursery that’s a plant lover’s dream. Since 1988, Plant Delights Nursery has been the choice of serious gardeners and plant collectors looking for the best and rarest perennial plants. They have an enticing selection of groundcovers, ornamental grasses, and small perennials, all of which make excellent substitutes for lawn grass.

Photo courtesy of Plant Delights. A new 2013 offering is Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’.


For those in temperate-summer climates, you’ll want to try the 5-lb. bag of Eco-Lawn seed (valued at $55) that Rebecca Sweet is giving away at Gossip in the Garden. Eco-Lawn, donated by Wildflower Farm in Ontario, Canada, is a beautiful, sustainable turf alternative that consists of fine fescues and rarely needs mowing. This giveaway is available to readers in Canada as well as the U.S.!

Wildflower Farm’s Eco-Lawn


To dig out grass or to weed your new garden, you’ll want a nice set of tools, and Dee Nash at Red Dirt Ramblings is giving away a fantastic tool package from CobraHead: a CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator, a CobraHead Long Handle Weeder and Cultivator, and a set of 15 BioMarker weatherproof plant markers (valued at $115). CobraHead is a family-run business that produces and sells “The Best Tools In Earth.”


Genevieve Schmidt at North Coast Gardening is giving away a $50 gift certificate to the charming and tempting online nursery Annie’s Annuals. Annie’s specializes in rare and unusual annual and perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms and native wildflowers. They also have a wonderful selection of grasses and succulents, which make great substitutes for lawn.


Prairie Nursery’s No Mow Lawn
Ready to seed a No Mow lawn? Benjamin Vogt at The Deep Middle is giving away a 5-lb. bag of No Mow Lawn seed mix from Prairie Nursery (valued at $35). Prairie Nursery’s specially designed blend of fine fescue grasses is an ecological alternative to a traditional, high-energy-input lawn. No Mow grows in sun and shade and also performs well as a footpath or border with moderate traffic. With deep roots, it’s drought tolerant and well suited to regions with temperate to average summers.


Here at Digging, I’m giving away the only patch of lawn you may ever need—a tongue-in-cheek, 13×13-inch “grass” pillow (valued at $60) from Potted, a stylish Los Angeles garden shop and online store. Made from a high-quality synthetic grass, with Sunbrella fabric on the back, these pillows stand up to life out-of-doors beautifully. And doesn’t it look comfortable? Plus you’ll never have to mow this bit of lawn.

Leave a comment right here on this post to enter my giveaway of the grass pillow. The giveaway runs through Sunday at 11:59 pm. The winner will be announced on Monday the 11th. Please note that, because of shipping costs, this giveaway is restricted to residents of the continental U.S.

To enter the other giveaways, follow these links:
Hoe and Shovel: Moss Rock, provided by Moss and Stone Gardens
Danger Garden: $50 gift card provided by Plant Delights
Gossip in the Garden: 5-lb. bag of Eco-Lawn seed, provided by Wildflower Farm
Red Dirt Ramblings: Tool package provided by CobraHead
North Coast Gardening: $50 gift certificate provided by Annie’s Annuals
The Deep Middle: 5-lb. bag of No Mow Lawn seed mix, provided by Prairie Nursery
Digging: 13×13-inch “grass” pillow, provided by Potted

Update 3/11/13: Click for the winner announcement for the “grass” pillow.

All material © 2006-2013 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

64 Responses

  1. Kathy Vale says:

    Congratulations on your wonderful book! I am very excited for you and eager to read it! What JOY!

  2. What a fun idea! I loved looking at all the garden blogs. Thanks for the opportunity and the chance to win.

  3. Bonnie says:

    Congrats on the book release Pam. And what a wonderful way to celebrate.

  4. Ally says:

    Congratulations on your book! That pillow is so appropos. It’s just they right amount of grass for me.

  5. Ita says:

    Just got rid of my lawn and am about to plant. The book sounds really useful and the pics from it have been inspiring!

  6. vickie moore says:

    Can’t wait to read your book!What a fun book launch, too!

  7. Yahoo! Cheers Pam! This pillow would look groovy at our place….or anyplace. :-)

  8. Shirley says:

    Love the grass pillow, a fun place to keep just a bit of lawn. No-mow is a bonus.

    Congratulations on the book!

  9. Woo hoo! Party time!
    And, the book is great! It indeed deserves to be celebrated.

    You did a wonderful job. Great writing..beautiful photos…and good advice.


  10. Congratulations on your new book, Pam! Yay for you! That’s a LOT of work! I know. Looking forward to getting a copy.

  11. Alison says:

    Congrats on the book, Pam! It’s a great resource, I loved it.

  12. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your book Pam. Love the idea of a giveaway party.

  13. Threeduckfarm says:

    I’ll enter for the pillow because it’s about the only grass that I think will survive here in San Angelo lol.

  14. ricki says:

    That is the only fake grass that would be accepted in my world, but what a hoot it is. This is a very fun and smart way to launch your great book. It has arrived, by the way, and I am hooked, though it is also great planting weather here, so it may be a while before my review shows up on Amazon.

  15. Katina says:

    You’d better hold on to that pillow, pam – it’s the only grass you’re going to have in your yard pretty soon.

  16. Ben Bowen says:

    All aboard the lawn reduction/replacement band wagon! I am looking forward to the book. About 40% of my design calls this year have been clients looking to reduce or eliminate lawns.

  17. Shannon says:

    Cant wait to get a copy of your book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Laura McG. says:

    Congratulations on your book. I check your blog regularly: so much inspiration and information that is applicable to my SoCal yard!

  19. Lori says:

    That pillow is hilarious!

  20. Karen Tandy says:

    A Party!!! Yes, and I love the pillow and would love to see it in my garden. Will get lots of attention, I am sure. I have followed your blog for a long time and always enjoy it all. Thanks for the chance to win the great pillow. I love your bookM

  21. Candy Suter says:

    Can’t wait to get your book. You know how long I have wanted to remove my lawn. Maybe it will push Stan over the edge! The pillow is silly awesome!

  22. Patty Soriano says:

    Pam, I’m doing what I can to make my Lawn Gone! But hubby really loves his grass. I’m stealing it away one flower bed at a time. Thank you so much for letting us in on all these giveaways! Please put my name in the hat for the grass pillow. It will be SO cute on the porch !

  23. Louis says:

    Sooo happy for you, Pam! I’m going to order a copy tonight of your book!!!!!

  24. Cassandra says:

    I am very excited about your book. We have been removing a little of the lawn. We have a goal off all of the lawn taking a hike. One small gardening bed at a time.

    Thank you for sharing!!

  25. Allie says:

    Congrats on your new book! Have been waging war on the dreaded bermuda here in Texas for a couple of years. Winning gradually, little by little.

  26. Hoov says:

    Congrats again on the book, I’m looking forward to getting it.

  27. domestic diva says:

    So fun! Thanks for the chance.

  28. Caroline says:

    Can’t wait to get your book! Still waiting on a local bookstore to get it in stock. Love the grass pillow – that’s the kind of grass I can live with!

  29. Les says:

    How often do you have to mow and water the pillow?

  30. So proud of you! I hope to get to meet you and have you sign my book! If I don’t, do you have book plates? Thanks for the wonderful opportunity! That’s all the grass I want! :)
    Happy Gardening! Pamie G. New Braunfels

  31. keyjey says:

    in it to win it.

  32. Anna says:

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas and passion with us all.

  33. That pillow is so many kinds of awesome!

  34. Yolanda says:

    “Lawn Gone!” has already helped me prepare for planting my bare spots (well, my yard’s). It’s a great and beautiful book!

  35. Kathy M. says:

    From one (native-born, but now transplanted) Austinite to another: Congrats on the book!

  36. Scott Weber says:

    How fun…and CONGRATS again on the book!!!

  37. Debbie says:

    Enjoy your blog…sure to enjoy the book!

  38. Jenny says:

    This book sounds so helpful!

  39. Michelle D says:

    I just wanted to say congratulations Pam and that I am looking forward to purchasing your book.
    Also, I’d like to put a plug in for Eco Lawn seed. We used it on a project out at Stinson Beach several years ago and it performed nicely.

  40. Hello Pam! I can’t wait to get a copy of your new book. Congratulations! Also, the grass pillow is a hoot….love it!????

  41. Emily says:

    This is too cute!!

  42. Kay says:

    Can’t wait to get your book! My little patch of to-be-mown space gets to be less and less of my yard each year. Maybe I can make it disappear all together!

  43. Lisa Burns says:

    Can not wait to pick up a copy of your new book. Love the idea of so many gardeners working together for this giveaway.

  44. Don in Huaco says:

    Count me in. Great blog and nice promotion. Too bad a southern seed sponsor couldn’t participate but there’s always next time.

  45. Kathy Kruer says:

    My back yard grass gets smaller every year!

  46. Jennifer says:

    Your book is wonderful. I attended your book talk at Natural Gardener but, in my excitement, I pre-ordered mine from Amazon not thinking about Natural Gardener’s preference for signing of books from their store…which I can understand. Hope to catch you at some other event so you can sign my copy :). And I’ve added my review to Amazon as well.

  47. Sue Mings says:

    Looking foirward to picking up a copy of your book.

    The pillow is great!

  48. I feel like I’ve already won with my new front yard! And your book is icing on the gardening cake. Thanks so much for your ideas and help.

  49. Beth C says:

    I am looking forward to buying your book and I’ve just started on getting rid of my lawn.

  50. June says:

    I read your blog all the time! Love your book!

  51. Donna Degen says:

    Big fan of reducing lawn areas!

  52. elizabeth says:

    i LOVE this little pillow — plus it would look great on my front porch swing. don’t you think?

  53. Maria says:

    Great pictures and giveaway!

  54. Jeanette says:

    Great idea to welcome SPRING with this great giveaway!

  55. Gaynell says:

    Love your blog and your book.

  56. Nikki says:

    I love the concept of less lawn, and I LOVE that pillow! Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  57. Melody says:

    Just the kind of grass I want – no mow and comfy too :)

  58. Kathy Panak says:

    Got off my ass
    Got rid of that grass
    Now my ass needs a pillow
    A pillow of grass
    Would make one happy ass
    A pillow all grassy
    Would make one’s ass classy

  59. Pam says:

    I’m in! Crossing fingers now. Congratulations on your book!

  60. Nena says:

    A nice way to sit in the grass without having to worry if the old bones will get back up!

  61. Jo Sue says:

    What a great pillow! Thank you a wonderful giveaway!

    bvbabybv at gmail dot com

  62. Robert says:

    Looking forward to reading your book. Perhaps it might even get me to start posting myself! The yard is starting to look the way it was meant to. Of course, a grass pillow couldn’t hurt.

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