Hearts to you on my 11th blogiversary!


Valentine’s Day, specifically February 14, 2006, marks the day I published my very first blog post here at Digging. Eleven years later I’m still at it, and it’s all thanks to you!


Chinese ground orchid (Bletilla striata)

Your interest in reading about my gardening adventures and misadventures, as well as your comments and connections here, on Facebook and Instagram, and offline, have kept blogging fresh and fun for me, as I illustrated last year for my 10th anniversary retrospective.


And so, hearts to you, dear reader! Blogging is a two-way conversation, and I’ve long enjoyed my conversations with you. Thanks for being here!

I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you’re reading this in a subscription email, click here to visit Digging and find the comment box at the end of each post.
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Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events

2/25/17: Come to my talk at the Wildflower Center. I’ll be speaking at the day-long Native Plant Society of Texas Spring Symposium at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. My talk is called “Local Heroes: Designing with Native Plants for Water-Saving Gardens,” and it’s about creating water-wise home gardens that don’t sacrifice beauty. The symposium is open to the public. Click here for registration. I’ll be offering signed copies of my books, The Water-Saving Garden and Lawn Gone!, after my talk ($20 each; tax is included). I hope to see you there!

Get on the mailing list for Garden Spark Talks. Inspired by the idea of house concerts — performances in private homes, which support musicians and give a small audience an up-close and personal musical experience — I’m hosting a series of garden talks by design speakers out of my home. The upcoming talk with James deGrey David has sold out, but join the Garden Spark email list for speaker announcements delivered to your inbox; simply click this link and ask to be added. Subscribers get advance notification when tickets go on sale for these limited-attendance events.

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20 Responses

  1. Laura Munoz says:

    Awesome, Pam!!! I’ve been reading your blog almost from the get-go when you were in your previous garden. Hope you will blog until you hit 80!

  2. Happy Happy all around to you… Love your blog and your generous spirit. Thank you so much for being you.

  3. ks says:

    Always love to see your professionalism and attention to detail.Thanks for being here and congrats on 11 enjoyable years !

  4. Way to go Pam! Thank you for writing…and letting me read it for free :)

  5. Kris P says:

    Eleven years! Kudos, Pam!

  6. holly says:

    Hi Pam!
    You are one of the main reasons I started a blog yesterday. Your blog is so inspiring–so beautiful, useful, fresh, and generous. Thanks so much for doing it & here’s to many more years of Digging! -holly

  7. Congrats! That is some serious time spent working in the garden and on the blog and now, a whole career designing gardens, speaking and writing books. I don’t always comment these days but there is always something to learn and enjoy whenever i visit. Thanks for all your work and thanks for continuing forward. And I have to say I like the political stuff as well. Maybe it’s because gardeners are so connected to climate, weather and the real world that we all seem to be on the same page these days.

  8. rickii says:

    Your way with words always entertains and gives me a lift. Keep up the good work…and why stop at 80?

  9. Diana Studer says:

    Congratulations on your eleventh (WOW!) blogaversary.
    I have such respect for the way you deal with tooth and claw monsters – like a lion tamer!

  10. Shirley says:

    Love reading your blog; just found you yesterday. Can you please post pictures of all your garden areas? I would really love to see how you have designed your property!

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