Before I mustered the courage to leap into the blogosphere on October 7, 2007, I read other blogs, especially those focused upon my passion for gardening. I spent months swooning over landscapes built by people I admired all over the U.S., and later, the world. Some of my favorite blogs live in Texas. One blog I never missed was Pam Penick’s, Digging. Pam inspired me with her agaves and other Texas-loving plants. I admired how in 2011 she managed to keep her garden going in spite of terrible conditions. You do remember 2011, the summer from hell, don’t you?
In 2013, Pam authored her very popular book, Lawn Gone!: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. Now, she’s written another book that expands upon the subject of sustainability, The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water. I think all of us could do a better job of gardening while conserving water. I know I could. With 2016’s long El Nino winter, we’re probably in for a long, hot and dry La Nina summer in Oklahoma and Texas. I hope I’m wrong, but we’ve had very little rain in my state in the last ninety days. If we don’t get some rain in March, April and May, we won’t see much until September. We need to save water and incorporate plants into our landscapes that don’t require as much care. Pam’s newest book, The Water-Saving Garden: How to Grow a Gorgeous Garden with a Lot Less Water, has great tips on how to design for a drought tolerant garden and how to choose the best plants.
Does this mean our water-saving gardens are boring? No. One of the best tips Pam taught me over the years was to create the illusion of water in the garden. I love that one, and I’ve used it throughout my garden over the years since I visited Pam’s first garden in Austin in 2008.
Another section of Pam’s new book I thought very helpful was in Part Two, titled “hold that liquid gold.” It relates to rainwater containers in all shapes and sizes. My giveaway during our book party is the rainwater urn, from Gardener’s Supply Company. If you win this prize, you’ll receive a sixty-five gallon container to harvest rainwater from your property for those long, tired summers we all have.
To celebrate Pam’s book launch, seven bloggers have great prizes for you to win. Details and requirements for the giveaway are below as are the links for the other bloggers. Go visit and enter at each separate blog. Maybe you’ll win a prize!
One entry per person for each giveaway. Please provide an email address so I can notify you if you win mine. Leave a comment below to enter my giveaway of the of the rain barrel. The contest runs through Sunday, March 6, at 11:59 pm. A winner will be chosen at random, and the winner will be announced on Monday the 7th. Please note that, because of shipping costs, this giveaway is restricted to residents of the continental U.S. I’m sorry my European and Canadian friends.
To enter the other giveaways, follow these links:
Photos other than the one I took of Pam’s birdbath are reprinted with permission from The Water-Saving Garden, by Pam Penick, copyright © 2016, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2016 by Pam Penick and Gardener’s Supply Company.
Thanks so much. If you live in a dry climate, take a gander at Pam’s new book too.