Book Reviews

Thank you to everyone who celebrated the release of our gal Dee Nash’s new book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff! We had a wonderful time with our virtual book release party — I hope you all enjoyed it, too! There were […]

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When I was a young gardener (in my late 20s/early 30s; I got a late start), I had no idea what I was doing. Married and a stay-at-home mom with two little boys and a tight budget, I began to garden. I started a vegetable garden and even tried some flowers. We lived on a […]


We’ve Got A Winner for Indoor Plant Decor!

by Jenny Peterson on September 23, 2013

in Book Reviews,Gardening Tips

Last week my co-author Kylee Baumle and I decided to celebrate National Houseplant Week by hosting giveaways of our book, Indoor Plant Decor, on our blogs. I’m happy to say that I got many comments on my blog — thank you to all who entered! — and we have a winner. It’s Melissa Jones! Congratulations, […]


Indoor Plant Decor Book Giveaway!

by Jenny Peterson on September 16, 2013

in Book Reviews,Garden Design

Wooo-eeeee! It’s National Houseplant Week, so my co-author Kylee Baumle and I are doing a giveaway on each of our blogs. One lucky winner from each blog will receive a signed copy of our book “Indoor Plant Decor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants” (St. Lynn’s Press, April 2013). All you have to do to enter […]


Indoor Plant Decor Blog Tour & Giveaway!

by Jenny Peterson on May 6, 2013

in Book Reviews

Kylee and I are so excited to be celebrating the release of our book, “Indoor Plant Decor,” with a group of wonderful friends and colleagues! Since the release on April 15, we have been hitting the ground running — and we’re ecstatic to know that so many people are as passionate about houseplants as we […]


Kiss My Aster: Book Review and Giveaway!

by Jenny Peterson on February 18, 2013

in Book Reviews

It is with the utmost of hand-rubbing glee that I talk with you today about “Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You” (Storey Publishing) by Amanda Thomsen. Amanda is my friend and fellow Proven Winners Garden Guru, a garden blogger at Kiss My Aster and a garden designer […]


About a  month ago, I moved from an apartment with a balcony garden to a house on an acre! I loved my little balcony and the garden I created there—it was a fairly large balcony and I was able to grow a variety of plants with my morning sun and bright afternoon shade. Succulents, palms, […]

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Book Review: Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs

by Jenny Peterson on November 29, 2011

in Book Reviews

I am so excited about adding my two cents’ in this week about Michael A. Dirr’s Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs! The book’s publisher, Timber Press, has been hosting a giveaway on their site, and one lucky tree-and-shrub loving reader will win a copy of the Encyclopedia this Friday, December 2–and to celebrate the […]


Attention, tree lovers! I’m happy to announce a giveaway happening over at Timber Press: a copy of Michael A. Dirr’s Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs! I’ll be reviewing my copy of Dirr’s this coming Wednesday, but if you pop on over to the Timber Press site and comment on their post here, you will […]


Susan Wittig Albert–Book Signing

by Jenny Peterson on September 12, 2011

in Book Reviews

A few months ago, my friend Sherry was telling me that she’d seen one of her favorite authors on one of our favorite shows, Central Texas Gardener. Although Susan Wittig Albert is a resident of our own nearby Hill Country just outside of Austin, I’d never met her and hadn’t yet read any of her best-selling […]