My gardening website picks are in HGTV Magazine

Look for me in this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine

Want to know which gardening websites four “experts,” including moi, find indispensable? Then check out the March 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine, page 130.

We were asked to name our favorite gardening blog, planting guide, online shop, and app. Let me tell you, picking just one favorite blog was nearly a deal-breaker for me. There are so many beautiful and informative garden blogs out there! I ended up naming Rock Rose, the gorgeous blog of my friend Jenny here in Austin. But I could as easily have chosen a half dozen other favorites, so please don’t hold it against me if you aren’t Jenny. :-)

Ironically, I had the opposite problem choosing a garden-related app for the list, because I’m not much of an app user. I got online and checked out a number of them before settling on one I found most useful for me: an app that helps you identify Texas wildflowers. However, the editors wanted something “less regional,” so they went with another choice I’d made—an app about exploring New York Botanical Garden. Hm, a cool app, no doubt, but also regional, right? Funny! What I really wished for was an app like that for Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Expert picks for online gardening sites

Anyway, that’s the behind-the-scenes info. It was a treat to be able to contribute a little gardening info to HGTV’s magazine, which is full of fun DIY decorating ideas. Take a look when you’re in the grocery checkout line and celebrate gardening online with me!

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12 Responses

  1. Shirley says:

    Very cool! Excellent choices, Jenny’s blog and garden are gorgeous. I’ve heard such good things about Plant Delights I need to give them a try soon.

    Oh, you DO, Shirley. And if you’re ever in Raleigh, be sure to make an appointment to visit Plant Delights’ beautiful display gardens. —Pam

  2. Jenny says:

    What an honor to be named by you! Thank you. You could knock me down with a feather. You have definitely made my day.

    You deserve the recognition, Jenny. Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden with us all. —Pam

  3. Susan says:

    The Rock Rose blog is fantastic! Now I have a new one to follow – thanks.
    I, too, wish there was an app for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! I use their website so often to ID plants and see what I would like to use in my garden.

    I bet they’ll make one eventually. I know I’d use that one. Meanwhile, their website and plant database is a lifesaver. —Pam

  4. What a great article, as are all of them!

    Thanks, Heather. ;-) —Pam

  5. Alison says:

    Mm mmmmm mmm hmmmm….I am so trying to bite my tongue, because kudos to you for getting published in their magazine. But it seems appropriate that the article showcases websites other than the HGTV one, which, with their programming, has more or less obviated the reason for having a G in their title.

    I hear you, Alison. I don’t have cable television and so don’t watch the station, but I like the magazine. Still, it could really use a lot more garden coverage to live up to its name. —Pam

  6. Scott Weber says:


    Thanks, Scott. —Pam

  7. Tom E says:

    That spread you did on Jenny’s garden is one of my favorites. Your pics of El Monumento in Georgetown, also a top 10, got us there last weekend for a very pleasant Old Fashioned and enchiladas in the garden. Making found object garden spires and sculptures is what I’m up to at the moment, which pretty much began with a huge interest in the beauty of Old Orange, the pot, from Digging — glad to see it getting a little blog time again this month.

    How wonderful that you got to visit the gardens of El Monumento. Isn’t the food good too? Yum! And how funny to hear the orange pot has a nickname—Old Orange. I have to say your found-object art sounds very intriguing. Any pictures? —Pam

  8. Tom E says:

    What’s the best way to send a couple tomorrow or Saturday?

  9. Renee says:

    I saw this a few days ago! I might have squealed a bit when I realized it was a gardener that I actually ‘knew’. Congratulations!

    So THAT’S what I heard. ;-) —Pam

  10. Katina says:

    Congrats! to both you and Jenny. :)

    Don’t you know – it’s only regional if you’re not talking about the Northeast US.

    Exactly! And New York in particular is the center of the universe. —Pam

  11. Les says:

    You must be nearly out of room for any more feathers on your cap. Congratulations!

    Ha! — thanks, Les. —Pam

  12. Hoov says:

    That is fabulous and your pick is excellent. I only wish HGTV would put some G back into their TV.

    I hear you, Hoov. —Pam