I'm participating in a virtual garden book party hosted by one of the nicest people I know, Rebecca Sweet.
The guest of honor at this party is her new book, Refresh your Garden Design with Color, Texture, & Form (F&W Media 2013).
I've been looking through her book for a few days now and feel like she is talking to me, specifically, and teaching me how to look at my garden differently.
Now, to be honest, I started to look at my garden differently a few years ago when I felt like every plant I bought just seemed to disappear into my garden, which lacked a cohesive design.
I hired a garden designer back then to help me with an overall design and my garden is much improved. Now that I have the beds and borders all laid out, I think this is the perfect book for me to learn how to tweak each of the areas, fill in some gaps, and make a few other adjustments. Not to mention, I can use the design tips in this book to figure out what to do with some areas that are sadly not yet planted.
I've already recommended this book to a co-worker and loaned her an extra copy that I ordered for myself. This co-worker mentioned she was going to work on her garden design this winter and had purchased a book to help her. When she told me what book she bought I told her, "No, no, no, no, no. Send that book back and I'll loan you one that will be a lot better."
You'll be able to read my full review on Amazon in a few weeks.
In the meantime, let's mingle at this party and talk about the giveaways.
I've got two garden tools to give away, including a Fiskars Telescoping Power-Lever® Bypass Lopper that could be used by any gardener to prune back that shrub or small tree that has grown all out whack and is making your garden feel unbalanced at the moment.
The other garden tool in this giveaway is a Fiskars Long-Handled Aluminum Hoe.
I'm a little envious that someone is going to win this hoe, other than me, because this is one hoe I don't own but would like to own. It looks like the perfect hoe for smoothing out that new bed or border that you are putting in because you just read Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Form & Texture and realize that is exactly what your garden needs.
To win these prizes, just leave a comment by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Be sure your comment leads me to a website or blog with your email address or put your email address in your comment disguised by typing it something like myemail AT gmail DOT com. I'll pick a winner by random number and announce the winner on Monday, November 11. One winner will win both prizes.
This contest is open to residents of the continental United States, age 18 or over. If you want to enter more than once, post a link to this blog post on Twitter or your Facebook page and you can enter again with another comment.
And now, enough about me and you and winning these prizes. Let's go mingle with the other party guests because they also have great prizes to give away.
There's Dee at Red Dirt Ramblings, Pam at Digging, Robin at Urban Gardens, Shawna at Shawna Coronado, and Susan at Blue Plant Garden Blog. Each one has different prizes to give away as part of this virtual book party honoring the new book, Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Form, & Texture. Go visit them and enter to win!
And now it's time for me to again thank the hostess of this party, Rebecca Sweet, for this fun virtual event and for introducing me to her new book, Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Form, & Texture. It is going to help me see my garden in new ways.
(Yes, Rebecca sent me a copy of her book, but I also bought a copy of her book because it's good to support garden writers!)
Update 11/11/2013 - This contest is over. For a chance to win the book, please visit this blog post by 11:13 pm EST on 11/13/20131