Read about my garden in Country Gardens magazine

May 06, 2019

My garden is featured in a national gardening magazine, and I’m pretty excited about it! Grab the summer 2019 issue of Country Gardens (not just country gardens, y’all), turn to page 66, and you’ll find my article “Plant for Drought, Plan for Rain.” It’s about how I designed my garden to deal with two common challenges for gardeners in Central Texas: too much rain and not enough.

Dance with the one that brung you. That old Southern saying is, to my mind, the perfect analogy for smart gardening in challenging climates anywhere, but especially here in Austin, where “soil-cracking droughts end in gully-washer rains.” The 8-page spread talks about water-saving design strategies I used, as well as the payoffs. I also profile 11 striking, hard-working plants in my garden.

During production of the story, which began in October 2017, I got to work again with talented photographer Ryann Ford and her right-hand man, Sean Johnson.

I always enjoy teaming up with these hard-working but lighthearted pros on a garden shoot; we’ve also done East Austin Succulents and a San Antonio garden. But it’s kind of astonishing when it’s my own.

Here’s the cover of the summer issue. Now you can find it and speed-read it in line at the grocery store. Even better, buy it and enjoy the whole issue!

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Save the date for Austin’s Open Day garden tour, sponsored by The Garden Conservancy, to be held Saturday, November 2. There will also be a Fort Worth Open Day tour on October 6. Get info about Open Days all over the country by purchasing the 2019 Open Days Directory.

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