I have been so pleased to participate in Support Your Independent Nursery Month, where Austin garden bloggers have posted about a particular indie nursery every Wednesday in October! Our local indie nurseries are an incredible resource to Austin area gardeners--they provide gorgeous native and adapted plants, stunning pottery, gifts and advice--and now it's our time to give back to them. If the economy hasn't been sucky enough, Texans have had to deal with a one-two punch of a dreadful '10 winter followed by the worst summer we've ever seen--and our nurseries have felt the heat. We're here to show them how much we love and value them by joining forces to offer you a huge independent Austin nursery give-away! Visit each one of the blogs below and leave a comment--your comment (one per person per blog, please!) will automatically enter you for the prize associated with that blog. My prize is a $50 gift certificate from The Great Outdoors, one of my favorite local nurseries--so be sure to leave a comment here as well! Sharing Nature’s Garden: $50 gift certificate from Emerald Garden Go Away, I'm Gardening!: $100 gift certificate from Sunshine Landscape & Garden Center Great Stems: $50 gift certificate from Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery The Whimsical Gardener: $25 gift certificate from It's About Thyme Rock Rose: $50 gift certificate from Shoal Creek Nursery Digging: $100 gift certificate & a Fall Power Package (valued at $50) from Barton Springs Nursery Growing Optimism: $25 gift certificate from The Natural Gardener Remember, to qualify for one or more of the prizes above, simply go to each blog and leave a comment! It's as simple as that. The contest ends on October 26 at 11:59 pm, and the winners will be chosen by a random drawing and announced on each blog on October 27. Then, if you're a lucky winner, you'll have 2 weeks to go to the nursery in person and collect your prize (bring a photo ID with you so there's no shenanigans)--but no mailed prizes on this one! If you're an out-of-towner and can't be in Austin to collect a prize, be sure to support a local independent nursery in your area. Win-win, right? It's the perfect time for fall and holiday planting, and our beloved nurseries need our support! Show them some love now by visiting all of the above blogs and leaving a comment ("Choose Me!" "I need plants!" "I want this prize more than ANYTHING!"). *Your creative response won't buy you any Brownie Points, but it will amuse the blogger and other readers. Good luck and happy gardening!