Look for my articles in Garden Design on Mosaic Gardens and Steve Martino desert garden

Do you take Garden Design magazine? I’m pleased to be a contributing writer, and in the Summer 2017 issue you’ll find two articles I wrote about gardens in Arizona and Oregon that couldn’t be more different.

“Into the Arroyo” tells the story of an unlikely desert garden designed by “weeds and walls”-master Steve Martino in partnership with his visionary client, who came to love the natural beauty of the desert after relocating from greener, lusher pastures in the Northeast. The 14-page spread delves into the design of this garden and what it means to the owner, and you’ll linger over the gorgeous photos of jewel-toned stucco walls and bold desert plants. (As it happens, I visited this garden in person in 2014, and it’s truly a remarkable space.)

“The Oasis Builders” is a profile piece about garden designers Buell Steelman and Rebecca Sams, the husband-and-wife owners of Mosaic Gardens in Eugene, Oregon — and it’s the cover story! The 14-page article explores the designs of 4 of their wonderfully lush and plant-rich gardens.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy and give them a read!

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7 Responses

  1. Was so excited as I looked through my copy of GD to see you as a contributing writer. Very well done Pam!

  2. Denise Maher says:

    So cool, Pam! Can’t wait to read these profiles of some great designers.

  3. Mike Aurzada says:


    Longtime lurker, but I did see in my new issue of Garden Design a week ago that you were a contributor. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that it was for a site in Arizona, but it was a fantastic piece and congratulations! This quarters magazine has me in great envy.

    Maybe you’ve written this, but where did you get your pennisetum purpureum?

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Mike, thanks for your kind note about the GD piece. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      Proven Winners sent me the ‘Vertigo’ pennisetum as a trial plant a couple of years ago. You can find PW plants at the big box garden centers and certain local nurseries, like Red Barn in Austin. —Pam

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