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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems






Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lawn Gone! Book Party and Giveaway

Don't you love a fun garden party? If you've ever wondered where/how/when to start eliminating parts (or all) of your lawn to replace it with smart, time-saving alternatives, this party is for you.We're celebrating the release of Pam Penick's new book today. Six other garden blogging friends are joining the fun and hosting the chance to win some super-duper party giveaways.

Lawn Gone! Low Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard, by Pam Penick, is a  practical how-to handbook for beginning and veteran gardeners alike. It is chocked full of stimulating ideas, accompanied by beautiful photographs, with abundant and pleasing options for every situation no matter where you garden.

If visions of mis-managed, helter-skelter, overgrown mish-mash yards come to mind when you hear words like lawn removal, less-turf and goundcover alternatives then this is the book that will forever set your mind at ease. It covers everything from selection and placement of low-maintenance plants to features that enhance your garden like firepits, pavilions, ponds, and patios. Pam Penick, who is also the author of her Texas garden blog, Digging has written Lawn Gone in her well-known user-friendly, organized style. It will encourage, enlighten and equip you to turn your lawn into a time-saving, beautiful garden.
Hoe and Shovel Front Garden September 2012
I was excited when Pam asked me to contribute to the section of the book that recommends highly dependable plant choices for the Coastal South (p. 150). In this section of the book (p.142) you'll find options from experts for functional groundcovers appropriate to each region of North America.
Hoe and Shovel Back Garden July 2012
Many of you are aware that I've been removing the lawn in my garden a little bit at a time over the past 12 years. Taking advantage of Florida's yearround gardening conditions, I've built my garden as an ongoing labor of love and DIY endeavor.  My lawn is gone! ... with the exception of a green swath in the back garden that remains for outdoor family activities. With a mix of native and regionally adapted plants (we call them Florida-Friendly choices) in sweeping,curving beds, I find my garden is easier to maintain than lawn. It has evolved into a peaceful refuge for my family and the wildlife it nurtures.

Be sure to go to Pam's book page to find more information about how to purchase Lawn Gone! Then, let the giveaway party begin. Everyone is invited.You can enter all 7 giveaways.

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win this beautiful Moss Rock by Moss and Stone Gardens.



Please follow these simple guidelines to leave a valid entry:

  •  One entry per person.
  • When you leave your comment, you MUST have a link back to a website that includes an email address, or you must leave your email address within the comment.
  • Anonymous comments are welcome, however you must leave your (first) name and an email address within your comment in order to be entered into the contest.
  • If there isn't a clear way to contact you, your comment will not be a valid entry.
  • Each entry must have a street address (no P.O. Boxes) within the continuous 48 states.
Contest is over Sunday, March 10 at 11:59 pm. 
The winner will be randomly drawn (computer generated) and announced Monday, March 11. Email notification will be sent to the winner in addition to announcement. 

Now, to enter the other 6 giveaways, follow the links below, leave a comment on each blog's giveaway post and check back Monday, March 11 to see if you won.

To enter the other giveaways, follow these links:

Danger Garden: $50 gift card provided by Plant Delights
Gossip in the Garden: 5-lb. bag of Eco-Lawn seed, provided by Wildflower Farm
RedDirt Ramblings: Tool package provided by CobraHead
North Coast Gardening: $50 gift certificate provided by Annie’s Annuals
The Deep Middle: 5-lb. bag of No Mow Lawn seed mix, provided by Prairie Nursery
Digging: 13×13-inch “grass” pillow, provided by Potted



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78 comments:

Unknown said...

The book looks fabulous and what a darling Toadstool. Love your blog.
jopomeroy@gmail.com

M.E. Krautter said...

Love the opportunity to visit new blogs and the chance to win!

Stacy Warrington said...

I'm so happy I found your site. I'm working on transforming my lawn as you did. It's slow go, so it's exciting to see what it will be like in a few years! stacylwarrington@gmail.com

Ally said...

Congratulations on eliminating your lawn. Sounds like lots of hard work. Your garden looks fabulous.

Anonymous said...

This books sounds so useful. I just got rid of my lawn and am about to plant. Ita ( apeanut@gmail.com)

Shirley said...

Loved reading Lawn Gone! Love the moss rock too.

stffox1atgmail.com

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

We have a certified Texas Wildscape that's also a demonstration site. Little by little, we replacing our "lawn" with walking paths and beds planted with native plants. Yay for Pam's new book!

Linda/patchwork said...

You have done one of the best jobs out there, of changing over from lawns to gardens.
I love looking at your photos of your lovely garden.
Pam's book really is full of good advice. Many of your recommendations will work even here, in our parched Texas Hill Country.
Good job...

weeder1 said...

I am loving Pam's book and in the midst of taking out my front lawn to make way for perennials and shrubs, mostly native. weeder@rcip.com

Wanda Pylant said...

Love the pictures. Peaks my interest in mosses.
Wanda http://weedinwaterinwatchin.com

jennie said...

These are so sweet!

Corne said...

I would love to grow a carpet of moss but in my Texas garden the moss would only survive indoors, away from my cats. corne@rtmoody.com

Cheri said...

Amazing blog. And useful too!

Anonymous said...

Love reading Pam's blog, looking forward to reading the book!
~Laura
Llmcg@Verizon.net

S said...

what an adorable give away! Thanks for the chance!

ssorca19 @ gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Great topic! Adorable give-away. lcsn@aol.com

ChrisG said...

Love the pics of your front yard. Gave me some good ideas! Also can't wait to get a copy of Pam's book.
ChrisG - cgiaraffa@austin.rr.com

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

My husband and I started eliminating lawn over 30 years ago and never regretted it. Well, it's a lot less work if that's all you have, so there might be a little regret in that area, but not much. I love color, shapes, forms, scents and enjoy my different garden areas, patios, rooms, hallways, nooks and crannies. It's all a work in progress.

I just noticed a leaf of Miss Muffit has popped up in its pot. Hurray!

Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Hi, have to get this awesome book! And would love the Toadstool! Very cool!

Candice Suter
sweetstuff1957@gmail.com

Patty said...

Found your blog through Pam Penick. I have signed up for email to make sure I keep getting your entries. Thanks so much for the giveaway -- please put my name in the hat for the moss rock. It looks SO cool!

patty Soriano
soriano471@sbcglobal.net

maleacpr said...

I love the moss rock! Such simple beauty-so zen like!

maleacpr said...

I commented about loving the moss rock but forgot to leave my info!

Malea Cooper
maleacpr@aol.com

Janis "Pumpkin" said...

My favorite kind of garden, lawn free.

crybrug said...

Thank you for sharing. The book looks great and I can't wait to read it.

LIZA AND JOHN'S GARDEN said...

Hi Meems: Have been following your Blog for some time now, working towards gardening in Florida soon. We do garden there no but only a few weeks per year. Soon it will be around 6 and 6 between Florida and NH.

Have a great day,
John

daisy said...

I'm not entering, just wondering if she covers anything about HOA's requiring lawns in her book and how to deal with that issue.

Anonymous said...

the book and moss rock look wonderful. very interested in minimizing my lawn...especially since it was torched by the sun and lack of rain last summer.
meghan
rossmeghan10atgmaildotcom

Anonymous said...

I love moss!!! It is a 'must' in an enchanted garden! Thanks for the opportunity to win the Toadstool!

Linda Haczynski
linda.m.haczynski@gmail.com

Christine Conley said...

This is delightful. I'm slowly ending the tyranny of the lawn in my yard and hail your efforts.

Domestic Diva said...

These are beautiful! So is your garden. Thanks for the chance.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! This book looks amazing!

mikekate (at) q (dot) com

MLT said...

Love Pam's book!
Michael(mlt4848@gmail.com)

Pamela Graham said...

Love love Pam's book and love the Moss Rock!!!! Pick me!!! :) Thanks for the opportunity! Pamie G.

pgraham@gvtc.com

Caroline said...

Such a beautiful garden! I think I might be able to deep that moss rock alive on my desk. At least the rock part, anyway! :)

Karen said...

I love this sight! Wonderful gardens. I also love the moss toadstool and would have just the right spot for it on my coffee table. I will keep reading this blog even tho I am in zone 5.
Karen kt6413@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

In Seattle, we joke that even rolling stones gather moss here.

Deirdre- sillakim at aol.com

terrie said...

Beautiful book,in the process of eliminating grass (okay weeds), could use the help this book might supply.

Lancashire rose said...

I already have Pam's wonderful book. We Austinites are so proud of her accomplishment. You have also done a wonderful job in redoing your garden your garden. Thanks for the opportunity to try growing this pretty green moss.

Kathy said...

Love the moss toad, I just re-did a bed yesterday and carefully repotted an area of moss into a pot that hopefully will keep growing! Kathy @ dixieblues@att.net

Anonymous said...

i'm working on transforming my yard a little at a time; i've put in a little moss garden area and have been wintersowing some groundcovers like creeping thyme. would love to enter the giveaway.
shirleytulips at yahoo.com

sharon said...

I love Pam's blog and can't wait to read her book.

Yolanda BD said...

Thank you for supporting Austin's Pam Penick!
Yolanda
bazdreschcox@gmail.com

texasmomquilts said...

LOVE that moss rock! We're hoping to buy a house of our own soon & I'd love nothing more than to go lawn-free. longhornkjm @ yahoo.com

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Love the moss rock! I've been stealing lawn from the back yard inch by inch each year, but haven't yet braved the front yard. My marriage would be in peril.

Mitzi said...

IT IS hard work, we've been eliminating our front lawn for a year and are near the finish line, though that means it's the backyard's turn next! I'm excited for this new book, I want the back yard to be a bird and butterfly haven and am looking for ideas.

Ann said...

Love all the blog parties and giveaways. Lets me try something new.

Ann
http://thejardinencantado.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the contest Donna@repcosalesofga.com

Thank you

ak said...

Would love to win this book. akg333@gmail.com

Debbie said...

What a great way to find new garden blogs! dlelmenhorst@att.net

eli said...

Amazon will allow you to view a sample of Pam's book for free. Looks great. I ordered a Kindle copy after checking out the sample. :-)

elihart@tampabay.rr.com

Jenny said...

I dream of getting rid of all my grass! knittingjenny at gmail dot com

Kathy said...

You have a lovely garden. Your garden plants are my houseplants!

Deco Damm said...

We moved in ten years ago and removed all the side and backyard grass the first month and i have been gardening for wildlife ever since and bonus i never have weeds. Then enlarged the front gardens leaving only 800 square feet of grass. It takes longer to get the lawn mower out then to actually mow. won't have it any other way. Deco53@tampabay.rr.com

Paula said...

I'm in zone 6b, but I love looking @ the beauty of the labor all have made in all zones. I love the ideas people come up with to make their garden their own. With the heat and lack of water in Okla., I've added more plants that will tolerate the changes and add variety to my clay garden.

Emily R. said...

Love this, especially the moss!

Backyard Getaway said...

I enjoy your photos on your blog and your fb page! Your gardens are beautiful.
Little by little I am removing more lawn and adding more garden.
Thanks again for sharing.

Gaynell pilgw@mac.com said...

I've gardened in both TX & FL, a double challenge!

jennifer said...

I love the Lawn Gone book. Have been inspired by all the beautiful photos.

Ode to Beatha said...

Love Pam's work and so glad to have found your blog now too. Sarah

Sue said...

Love that moss toadstool.

Interesting to see how gardeners across the country are replacing lawns with less thirsty alternatives.

Vicki @ Playin' Outside said...

Even if I never win anything, it was still fun visiting your blog. Love that toadstool!

pczick said...

Thank you for your good work - Glad to have found your site.

robyncz said...

I wish my HOA would let me get rid of my lawn. Maybe someday they'll come around! In the meantime, they can't say anything about me growing a moss rock! Those are awesome!!!! czaranon@austin.rr.com

Anonymous said...

I have been a follower of Pam's Digging blog for several years now. I have her new book and love her ideas and the pictures of her gardens transformations. She is an inspiration!

manda said...

Trying to rework my backyard. Great giveaway

mandaoverturf (at) yahoo dot com

june tarr said...

Love your site and love the chance to win the moss rock! Thank you for both!.

Devon said...

How fun!

cheris said...

Already have the book! But I'd love some moss; it reminds me of growing up in the Northwest. There isn't a lot of moss in Texas. :(

Donna Degen said...

Love your site!! I too am always reducing my lawn area!

dfhendrix00@yahoo.com

Donna Degen

Donna Degen said...

I too am a fan of reducing lawn areas!

dfhendrix00@yahoo.com

Donna Degen

randall031 said...

This book looks very useful (one of my favorite things in a garden book). We've just purchased a new home with a small yard and getting rid of the lawn would be do-able.

Thanks.

Elizabeth
randall031@gmail.com

Maria said...

Great giveaway!

Jeanette said...

Great idea to welcome SPRING with this great giveaway!

Melody said...

What a cute way to show off your moss garden! annlees@prettytools.com

Jo said...

The book sounds great! I am loving your blog too.
Thank you for a great giveaway!

bvbabybv at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Love your garden!
Arin (arin76@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

Lawn free in the front yard for 10 yrs and I don't miss it! Lorah bluestemK9@att.net

Tony Cross said...

You have done one of the best jobs out there, of alternating over from yards to gardens. I love looking at your photos of your lovely garden. Such a beautiful collection of flowers you have.


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