The Spaces Between in Garden Design magazine

Look who’s in Garden Design magazine this month (Early Spring 2016). Third diamond from the right — yep, that’s me.

I’m excited to have an article in the revamped Garden Design, which is better than ever at 144 ad-free pages filled with eye-candy photos and inspiring articles on topics ranging from plant lust for eucomis, can’t-miss container designs, gorgeous gates, expert perennial grower Roy Diblik, a bold xeric garden in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, and design lessons from magical Chanticleer.

My own contribution, “The Spaces Between,” is a profile of Dallas landscape architect David Hocker, with ten pages of design takeaways from his contemporary-style gardens.

While interviewing him for the article, I learned that he was strongly influenced by the formal lines of Italian gardens but also drawn to the softening of those lines by rugged, self-seeding plants. Designing for the variable and extreme Texas climate is one of his cornerstones. He also has a talent for creating eye-catching modern elements, like a low stone wall studded with green slag glass that’s lit from behind at night.

If you don’t already subscribe to Garden Design, now’s the time. While you’re waiting for your first issue to arrive, be sure to check out Garden Design‘s excellent and continually updated website. You’ll find gorgeous garden tours from all parts of the country, arranged by region (see my article “The Plant Man”, about Peckerwood Garden), plus web-only articles like the one I wrote about placing art in the garden, illustrated with photos from beautiful Bedrock Gardens in New Hampshire.

As a side note, if you’d like to meet Garden Design‘s personable publisher, Jim Peterson, he’s planning to be at the Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis this summer. All garden bloggers are welcome, and registration is filling up fast, so don’t delay in sending yours in.


Upcoming Events and News

Join me for my kick-off garden talk for my new book, The Water-Saving Garden, on February 27, at 10 am, at The Natural Gardener nursery in southwest Austin. My talk is called “Hold the Hose! How to Make Your Garden Water Thrifty and Beautiful,” and it’s free to the public. Afterward I’ll have books available for purchase and will be glad to autograph one for you! Dress for the weather, as the talk will be held in the big tent outside.

Look for me on Instagram as pamdigging. See you there!

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16 Responses

  1. I really enjoyed your article and the pictures and descriptions really gave me a 3D feeling in my mind. I am so happy GD has put your writing and photography talents to work!

  2. I look forward to checking this out. Garden design is what we all like to dream about when we’re not digging and trimming. And you know I like to say the story of the garden is not complete without some idea of the face that goes with it. Nice work!

  3. Jim Peterson says:

    Thanks for your fabulous work on this article Pam! Great takeaways for our readers.


  4. Renee says:

    I may have to check out the (paper) magazine. This seems like a great issue!

  5. Awesome-sauce! I got a copy of Garden Design at the Fling last year and met Jim! Love the publication! Content is excellent and the photos are dreamy.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I couldn’t agree more. And isn’t Jim a great guy? One of the perks of coming to the Fling is meeting passionate gardeners and those who write about (or publish writing about) gardens. —Pam

  6. rickii says:

    Just the nudge I needed to sign up. Thanks for the sneak peek.

  7. Garden Design is an excellent publication which I have enjoyed over the years. Congratulations to you on your article and wonderful photography, now for all of us to enjoy!

  8. Congratulations, Pam! My copy of the magazine is waiting at home in my mailbox. Can’t wait to read your piece and to read more in another great issue of Garden Design.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      I was pleased to be able to interview David Hocker for the article. He’s doing some really interesting designs. As for the rest of the issue, it’s packed with good stuff. I’m still reading it myself. —Pam