Lawn Gone! giveaway and gift for the holidays


The editors at Amazon have put Lawn Gone! on their list of best gardening books of 2013, and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

LAWN GONE! The perfect holiday gift

I may be a little biased, but I do think Lawn Gone! would make a great Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holiday gift — for the non-gardener who wants to get rid of the lawn but isn’t sure what to put in its place; for the new gardener who needs ideas and how-to information to get started; for the devoted gardener who wants to be inspired by images of beautiful, lawnless gardens; for the environmentalist who wants to create an earth-friendly landscape; for the wildlife gardener who wants to attract birds, bees, butterflies, and other creatures to the garden; for the senior who wants simple groundcovers that require less maintenance than the lawn; for the family who wants to create a yard that’s alive and enticing to explore with the kids.

Therefore I’m giving away TWO copies of Lawn Gone! to ONE lucky reader: one for you and one to give away as a gift. Just leave a comment on this post telling me why Lawn Gone! would make a great gift for someone in your life. I look forward to hearing why you think your friends or family members would enjoy the book. And if you already have a copy, you can give them both away as gifts! Since they’ll be coming directly from me, I can also inscribe them however you’d like.

The giveaway will run through next Monday, Nov. 18, at 11:59 pm. I’ll randomly draw the winner’s name and announce it here next Tuesday. Good luck!

Note: Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is open only to residents of the continental U.S. Thanks for understanding.

UPDATE 11/19/13: WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Meredith H. Meredith, I hope Lawn Gone! inspires you and your dad in your gardening adventures! I’ve sent you an email with additional information.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and especially to each of you who shared your hopes and dreams for your gardens. Happy digging!

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

56 Responses

  1. Brett Bergeron says:

    Hi Pam, longtime reader of your site. I would love to own a copy of your book because next spring I plan to start the lawn gone! process on my first ever home. Your imagery and information on your website is always helpful so I can only imagine what an asset your book could be! I plan to give the second copy to a friend who lives in the Frisco area and is battling his nearsighted HOA right now on installing a water wise landscape in his small Bermuda front lawn. Thanks for the giveaway and my fingers are crossed for both of us!

  2. Kat says:

    My sister just purchased a new home and the yard is a complete blank slate of nothing but lawn. She’s interested in some sort of patio and dog and kid friendly plantings while removing a good portion of the lawn, but has no idea where to start. I think Lawn Gone would give her and her husband the inspiration they need to get their new projects started!

  3. Glenda W. says:

    One for me to prove to my family that a lawnless front can be done and done beautifully! And one to share with a friend!

  4. Lin Monroe says:

    This would be a great gift for someone reaching retirement and no longer wants to mow and spend large amounts of time on the yard. Also, with the water shortage we need to get away from the water hungry plants.

  5. Steven Michael says:

    Hello Pam,

    I would consider gifting the book to my lovely neighbor. The purpose of the gift would be a far greater introduction to the versatility of a grass-less lawn, than what I could thoroughly explain. Thank you for making the subject approachable and inspiring. This gift would be something to be used by my neighbor, and myself in creating our unique front yards for our neighborhood to enjoy and perhaps, inspire their own front lawns to be gone!

  6. Abbey says:

    If I win, I’d give the second copy to my sister who is a first time homeowner with a blank canvas of a backyard.

  7. Ally says:

    I think your book would make a great gift and I can think of several gardening and non-gardening friends who could benefit from your great ideas and sound advice.

  8. Lela Butler says:

    I bought a copy of your book when it first came out and gave it to my daughter, thinking we would share it. But she is in the process of using your ideas to turn her yards into lawn-free areas and increase the beds and areas for her many roses and perennials. I would so love a copy for myself and one for my sister who also reads your blog faithfully.

  9. kate C. says:

    I would give the extra copy to my sister who has a new house and wants inspiration for her yard! Thanks for the chance to win! I love your book!

  10. Mary Lou Starnater says:

    The monoculture of a short, green grass lawn is not healthy for the soil and folks are getting tired of looking at such a boring landscape. The work a lawn requires gets old as well. The vibrancy and diversity of a true garden benefits the soil and the gardener…so much prettier and easier to care for. The reduced use of water resources is a super-plus benefit in arid regions! What stops most people? Knowing where to start; what plants to choose; the best design/layout; and just how to do it. This book would be just what someone needs to get motivated and moving!!

  11. Don in Waco says:

    For so long I’ve been on the seemingly lonely outpost of lawn v. lawn alternative evangelism. No pulpit here but its nice to see how the trend (is it a trend yet?) has started and seems to be catching on slowly. It would be nice to have some back up on my efforts, a book I could loan out, and one to share with a like-minded friend who’s also been trying to break the mold of same-think and cookie cutter landscaping. It’d also be nice to show folks who’ve been subjected to my complaints, rants, etc., that I’m not the only person who thinks its a good and viable idea.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. Emmy/ says:

    I read the comments and it seems everyone deserves this great book – but I do want it too.

  13. Erin says:

    Hi Pam! I stumbled across your site a year or so ago and have been so inspired by your posts. I moved to Texas from the north several years ago and realized, after the record summer of 2011, that I needed to rethink and learn how to garden in this climate. I feel in love with native/prairie gardens and have slowly been working to get rid of my lawn. My brother is also an avid gardener and I know he would love a copy of your book as prairie gardening is one of his passions.
    Thanks!

  14. Heather says:

    I would love to gift this to a friend of mine who is a big fan of yours and is currently working her way to lawn gone! She is quite talented and I draw a lot of inspiration from her and your blog. Thanks!

  15. Corina says:

    As an avid destroyer of lawns, I have noticed that when people begin gardening their front yards and trending away from grass, neighbors usually follow suit to some extent. Not so with my ex-across-the-street neighbors. While I was tending the flowers and planting veggies to share with passers-by, they were dousing their green expanse with who-knows-what, and diligently kicking pine cones off the turf and into the street. Then, last year, they put the house up for sale, perfect lawn and all. I joked that the place would sell to a would-be urban farmer whose first renovation would be to tear out all that grass. AND IT HAPPENED! My new neighbor is happily learning to garden in her veggie patch on the former front lawn. I think this book would provide her with lots of inspiration. And I’d like a copy, too! Thanks a lot, and good work!

  16. Denise says:

    Pam, you know I have your wonderful book from the fling, but I just wanted to congratulate you on your well-deserved success with it. Bravo!

  17. Shawna says:

    Oh, I am so excited. Congratulations. I live in College Station, TX and there is a huge need to switch from lawn to something more beautiful and sustainable in this area. I am doing my part with my lawn and would love a copy of your book. Plus, I can’t wait to give the second copy to a friend.

  18. Patricia says:

    Drought and grasshoppers have destroyed everything in my yard, so it’s time to start over with a new plan. I have lots of friends and relatives who would love to have a copy of your book too!

  19. Ita says:

    One of my good friends is verrrry slowly converting her front yard from grass to natives. Your book would provide inspiration as well as a bit of a kick in the pants to make her convert faster :-)

  20. Gillian Frazier says:

    Hi, I would love this book for my sister in law and for myself of course. Thanks for the contest.

  21. jen says:

    I have so many friends and family who would love a copy of Lawn Gone. It would almost be hard to pick just one, maybe I’ll share both copies (after I’ve read through it a time or three, of course!). I’d send a copy to my dad, for sure, he’s been talking about changing over to a yard that is more environmentally friendly. Big congrats on the Amazon boost!

  22. Kori says:

    I’ve been following you on Facebook and your blog after a friend mentioned you. I wanted to go to a book signing in Austin but didn’t make the trip. I’ve been removing grass in my yard slowly over the years. I would love to read your book and give the other book to my friend who recommended you. You’ve been an inspiration to both of us.

  23. Indie says:

    Well, this book would make a great gift for ME because I loathe grass and think it is sucking up entirely too much time and chemicals for everyone involved. It would also be a great gift for my parents, who can’t really grow grass on their sloped, clay, partially shady lot but try anyway because it is expected of them as the neighborly thing to do.
    I hope your book helps give life to a movement. Rock on!

  24. Molly says:

    I would love to give this book to my father who has been talking about getting rid of his lawn this past year. He’s 72 and would rather garden than mow. It could be a wonderful father-daughter project.

  25. Elizabeth Bee says:

    I’ve been replacing my lawn with flowers and edibles. Would love to share the extra book with a neighbor who has expressed interest. Thanks for the GiveAway and for your inspirational blog photos.

  26. Barbara says:

    This book would be a great gift for myself first, since I am trying to change a lot of things in my yard, and I’m not really sure how I’m going to do this(I have a limited budget). Also It would be nice to have one book to share with my mother in law. Hope this time I have better luck. By the way I love your blog, specially the drive-by gardens section.

  27. Heather S says:

    I am so very excited about this giveaway! I’d gift this book to my grandparents who I’m certain would love to read and use this book as they’ve just purchased and moved into a new home and are much too old to tend to a traditional lawn landscape. Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Pam, an 80+ year old friend of mine is making her garden lawn free. She would love this book full of inspiration. She doesn’t read blogs but she would devour your book.

  29. Lyn Butcher says:

    I have already ordered your book and I am planning on getting ride of most of my yard this next year. I have already changed alot of it by adding vegetable gardens in the backyard. I have a friend in Wisconsin who has built a new home and wanted to know how I liked the book. Will give her the copy if I win.

  30. Carol Yemola says:

    My daughter could really use this book. She recently purchased a home and the yard is in really bad shape. The lawn is in ruins and she would rather create a landscape with plantings and items of interest than reseeding the lawn. This book would give her a wealth of ideas and a copy for myself would give me some plans for my hubby’s spare time! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  31. manda says:

    Love the giveaway. I am trying to learn gardening this year along with a few of my in-laws… and I love books.

  32. cheryl says:

    One of my neighbors has a HUGE lawn and is Grinching about his water costs. This would be an ideal book for him. I already have my own copy but I would gladly gift another one to my daughter!

  33. Melissa G says:

    After years of landscaping 1/4 acre city lots, my husband and I bought a home and an acre of lawn in Central Texas. The water bill in summer is shameful and we talk about changes but I just don’t know how to make AN ACRE OF LAWN into something else. Its got to happen and I think your book would be a great jumping off point. Most of my community is stuck in the “lawn thing” so would offer the second copy to the public library. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Eduardo says:

    I have followed your blog for years; before we even purchased our first home five years ago when we lived in a small 500 sqft apartment and only dreamed about having a yard. Now are very lucky -now we have a wonderful house with a nice front & backyard. Over the past five years we have slowly gotten rid of our lawn. If we win your books, we will use one copy as our guide as we continue to minimize our lawn and the second copy will be a gift for my mother who is also wanting to get rid of some of her lawn. -Thanks for a awesome blog!

  35. Jennifer says:

    Love your beautiful pictures!! They’ve really inspired us!!
    I’d give the second book to my sister who works at a local whole sale nursery & helps other Austinites chose native plants for their lawn projects as well!

  36. L. Chritsopherson says:

    Congratulations! I will look for your book and wouldn’t mind winning a copy. I am happy to hear that it is being promoted by Amazon and I cross my fingers that many more people will be converted to a more sustainable way of living. I already own a copy of a book entitled, “Redesigning the American Lawn, A Search for Environmental Harmony”, published by Yale University Press, 1993, which is excellent also, but more about the reasons for, rather than the “How-tos”. I am certain that your book will be a great compliment to it. It is difficult to fight the American lawn addiction, after all, we are bombarded with advertisements for fertilizers and pesticides, and have been told that it is a competition for the “best ” lawn, may the” best man” win.
    The next hurdle will be to convert those who design golf courses!!

  37. Brenda says:

    Oops! Left my comment in the wrong place. Love your blog! Congratulations on your book. Would love to win a copy for me and one for my friend. We’re both working on reducing the grass in our yard for a variety of reasons and could definitely use some new ideas!

  38. celia says:

    This would be the prefect gift for me! I take care of all of our yard work on our 1/4 acre urban farm. I would love to de-grass our front yard and plant it with drought tolerant something else. Taking care of the family, the house, the chickens and working from home is enough without having to mow the front lawn. My dilemma is that our lawn blends with our neighbors lawn and I don’t know what to do so that it doesn’t look odd to have a house in the middle of the block that doesn’t have an emerald green manicured lawn. But I would love to be the trendsetter that changes the entire block and then the neighborhood and finally the city to let go of the lawn in our rain starved location and plant something interesting.

  39. Daniel says:

    Well as its a random drawing I can keep it short. :)
    I stumbled across you while researching stock tank water gardens and have followed ever since…I’d love to expand, and share the gift, of knowledge and what better way than with a great lawn resource!

  40. Sonia says:

    Pick me, pick me! Although, to be honest I’ll happily buy the book anyway. Love your website and your ideas and steal them on a regular basis.

  41. Gail says:

    Would love to win this book since I am a big advocate of going lawnless! Thanks, gail

  42. Judy says:

    I would love to win a copy of your Lawn Gone! I read your blog every day and now I could read your book as well!

  43. Kris Rhodes says:

    We struggle with clay, sand, and a higher than happy pH, to add to the average slope of our yard is 30+ degrees. Lawn gone, would mean no mo mowing ;-). No more worrying about lawn more tires spinning on the slope, no more worrying about flipping over on the slope, and no ore worrying about the lawn mower brakes failing and rushing down the hill and off the cliff.

  44. Iva says:

    I would LOVE to ‘dig’ into this book for inspiration to transform our front yard. What a great gift idea for my husband and me :)

  45. Tom E in Austin says:

    A copy of Lawn Gone would be a great gift for the Daylily club Christmas gift exchange. I’m always mentioning how cool the Digging blog is for us southwest gardeners. Even though 30 inches of rain or so a year is almost enough to grow most every prudent plant here, and we invested in huge reservoir lakes to store water for dry times, still, we all know that in times of water scarcity those killer months of summer motivate us to move in the direction of growing fewer of the water loving plants from around the world and more of the natural beauties that know how to look good in our Texas tough climate.

  46. Fred says:

    This book is an inspiration and would make a fantastic gift for anyone wanting to transform their yard into a natural, sustainable and beautiful landscape.

  47. Linda says:

    I would love to win a copy. I have a corner house with a lot of lawn and sometimes it seems daunting, this would be the resource I would need to get started.

  48. Nina says:

    I ended up with way more yard than I ever wanted or expected to have. This past summer I let it go to meadow, but the neighbors weren’t thrilled. I’m desperate to find a low-maintenance, attractive ground cover and some perennials that I can seed so that I’m not stuck with a HUUUUGE mowing chore (or expense).

    I need the help your book can provide. Please!

  49. Deborah Hudson says:

    Deborah Hudson
    Boise, Idaho

    Would love to get your book.

  50. Sonja Hyatt says:

    I am a Master Gardener and would like to teach others in my community how to landscape their yards more naturally.

  51. Kate S. says:

    I’m really stagnating and stumbling in my attempts to cut down on (no pun intended) my lawn and bring in more beauty and functionality to my yard. I need guidance! I would love this book.

  52. Betty Sims says:

    I’m trying to landscape my family homestead, here in uber-dry, windblown Taylor County. I NEED this book. I found you and Lawn Gone! on Amazon, started to buy it, then found your holiday give away. If I win it, I’m giving the other copy to our Master Gardener’s library.

  53. Heidi says:

    I have slowly been learning how to landscape in the south Texas sand. The internet has been invaluable to me, and having a wonderful book full of ideas would be appreciated. I would donate the second book to our public library. Thanks again for your blog and your generosity.

  54. Meredith H says:

    I am a new gardener. My husband and I built a home and we’re doing the landscaping ourselves. We put in lots of carpet grass just to settle the dust and make things look okay as we developed the landscaping over time, and now I’m systematically removing it.

    Tomorrow, I am going to begin working on removing about a fourth of the backyard’s carpet grass to begin preparing another place for planting all kinds of cool stuff.

    As I was searching the internet tonight, I discovered you and your great-looking book that seems so appropriate for what I’m doing and the guidance I need. That’s why I need a copy of your book and a gift copy would go to my dad…my gardening inspiration, counselor, and supporter! He has a wonderful ever-evolving garden and we rib him about his shrinking lawn. He would love your book!

  55. Nancy Kurul says:

    I would love to give one as a gift to our Extension Master Gardener Volunteer library, but will give one to myself as well! I can never have too much inspiration in this journey.

  56. Pam, I would like to enter the drawing. I already have a copy of “Lawn Gone!” for myself. If I win, I will donate one copy to my neighborhood public library and loan out the other copy to my neighbors. One day, I would like to see lawn alternatives be the standard in Plano. Thanks.

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