You chose Digging in Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Awards!

Here’s a living bouquet for you, dear readers. I just learned that Digging won the Readers’ Choice award in the gardening category of the Better Homes and Gardens 2015 Blogger Awards! Wow! Thank you so much for voting for me! You are my motivators, and in 9 years of blogging, sharing my love of gardening has never gotten old because of your interest, engagement, and comments. Hugs to you all!

As a Readers’ Choice winner, my blog will be featured in the July 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, plus they’re awarding me $200! Yep, I see a plant shopping spree in my future.

New readers, if you’ve just found my blog, welcome! I’m an Austin gardener who blogs about the challenges and rewards of hot-climate gardening. But there’s plenty here for garden lovers everywhere. Check out my garden tours, gardening book reviews, Plant This posts, Drive-By Gardens posts, and popular how-to posts like making a stock-tank pond.

I’m also the author of Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard, and coming out next spring is a new book I’m working on called The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water. I invite you to follow my Facebook page too.

Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens, for the award and recognition. And I want to offer my congratulations to The Horticult, a beautifully photographed blog by two succulent lovers from Southern California, which won the Editor’s Choice award, and to the other excellent and deserving bloggers in the BHG Top 10 Garden Blogs. I’m honored to be in their company.

All material © 2006-2015 by Pam Penick for Digging. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

34 Responses

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Good for you Pam. Can’t wait to see what the $$ will go to. I know it will be grand. Congrats again.

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  3. rickii says:

    Of course we did…and now I will even buy an issue of Better Homes & Gardens.

  4. Congratulations Pam, this is exciting news.

  5. Mark and Gaz says:

    Congratulations Pam!

  6. Jeanne says:

    Congratulations! I’m just finishing up my second “borrowed” idea of yours- a concrete block succulent planting wall. the first of course was the stock tank pond. Your blog is very inspiring and enjoyable to read.

  7. Gail says:

    That’s great news Pam!

  8. I must say I didn’t vote for you as often as I could have. But you have entertained and enlightened me for many years now. I mostly don’t get to garden now and don’t read many gardening blogs but I still love yours. You are right up there with the podcast, “I Bet My Garden” by Mike McGrath for being interesting and informative. And I learn a lot on how to be a better photographer from studying your pictures. So thanks for your blog and Congratulations on a well-deserved win.

  9. Awesome! Well-deserved recognition.

  10. Ally says:

    Congratulations! That’s awesome!

  11. So happy for you Pam. Congratulations…you deserve it!

  12. Well deserved. I love looking at the gardens of others through your eyes by way of your blog.

  13. Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  14. peter schaar says:

    Congratulations, Pam! It couldn’t have gone to a more rewarding writer or photographer, and you are both. I get so much from your blog. Thanks for it all!

  15. Congratulations! It was an easy vote for me.

  16. Alison says:

    Congrats Pam! It’s absolutely true that your blog offers something for gardeners in all climates. I come here regularly although I garden in the very wet PNW.

  17. Kris P says:

    Yay! Congratulations!

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  19. Luisa says:

    Congratulations, and thanks for a wonderful blog!!

  20. deb says:

    Yay! You totally deserve it…

  21. Congrats, and I’ll bring the animal crackers or beer when you have the celebration…

  22. TexasDeb says:

    Congratulations and well done! You have worked hard for this and made it look easy while doing so.

    I’ll be happy to join up with David C. (I’ll bring my own snacks – cookies with beer!?!) but sure hope you have your wall paint colors chosen first. I can’t wait!

  23. paula says:

    I’m happy to see you’ve been recognized for your hard work! Your blog always featured good content and professional-looking photos. And I can only imagine trying to write books, a blog, design gardens, keep house, take care of the family . . . I’m tired just saying it. :-)

  24. Congratulations,Pam!
    You are so inspiring:)

  25. Tina says:

    Congratulations and well deserved!

  26. As with many truly talented people, you do make “it” all look easy – from the design and plant selection down to finding just the right word to describe a scene. So very proud to know you – our very own local treasure now gone international.

  27. Rose Parris says:

    Congratulations! Well-Deserved!

  28. Melody McMahon says:

    Wow!! So happy for you Pam! Now go have fun with that money!

  29. Melba Price says:

    Congratulations! I LOVE your blog, it is so inspirational to me a novice gardener.

  30. gina says:

    That’s wonderful Pam! Congratulations!

  31. sandy lawrence says:

    Yes, your readers be them repeat clicking fools. Well deserved Congratulations, Pam!

  32. Nancy says:

    Congratulations! Love your blog!

  33. Les says:

    Well earned congratulations, Pam!