Inside out: My article about Ted Flato of Lake Flato is in Garden Design


Have you gotten the new issue of Garden Design magazine (Autumn 2016)? I’m pleased to say I have an article in it: a profile of Ted Flato of the visionary architectural firm Lake Flato and a 16-page spread of their gorgeous residential projects, each of which is designed not just to “bring the outdoors in,” as the saying goes, but get people outside into the garden landscape.


Five featured projects from Texas to Arizona to California include Ted’s insights on what makes each design work. Fellow hot-climate readers will appreciate the way these residences transcend the challenges of climate to make indoor spaces that feel like part of the landscape and outdoor spaces that are comfortable and inviting. As Ted says, “Making comfortable exterior spaces means less air-conditioned spaces. You can build a small room and have it feel big if it’s connected to the outdoors. It’s a sustainable way of thinking.”

I hope you enjoy it! You can pick up Garden Design at Barnes & Noble and other bookstores and at certain garden centers, or you can subscribe and enjoy 4 ad-free, book-like issues each year with gorgeous photos and in-depth articles about fine gardens from all over the country. I’m deep into the current issue right now and poring over each page.

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10 Responses

  1. Melody McMahon says:

    Congrats on the article Pam! I’ll pick up the magazine to read on the plane next week when I go see Clair in NYC! Looking forward to reading about some beautiful gardens before getting to the concrete jungle!

  2. Alison says:

    I haven’t gotten mine yet but now I’m really looking forward to it! Kudos on the article.

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Thanks, Alison. I hope your copy arrives in your mailbox today! I always get envious when I know other people have gotten their subscription copy when mine hasn’t arrived yet. :) —Pam

  3. Great! Congratulations! I just got my copy in the mail yesterday. I am really looking forward to sitting down and taking it all in on this rainy weekend.

  4. peter schaar says:

    Felicitaciones, Pam! I’ll be getting my copy this week.

  5. Congratulations, Pam. I look forward to reading the piece. Congratulations, too, on having The Water Saving Garden reviewed in Gardens Illustrated’s most recent issue. You’re on a roll!

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