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March 2011

Last Chance for Mega-Goodies!

March 31, 2011

It’s the last day of our Sugar Snaps and Strawberries giveaway — hurry on over and enter for a chance to win! The grand prize is a fabulous garden starter kit, with all you need to start your own vegetable garden wherever you live. Garden Fever and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds both generously donated items […]

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Complete Book of Potatoes Excerpt

March 29, 2011

We gave away advance copies of The Complete Book of Potatoes a little while ago, and now the book is in our warehouses and ready to be purchased by the eager potato growers of the world! Potato planting season is on, and I thought this would be a good time to post some excerpts from […]

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Contemporary Color in the Landscape Giveaway

March 24, 2011

Updated to add winners: Congratulations to Jackie Hiebert and Michelle Derviss for winning our random drawing! Thanks to everyone else for playing, and have a good weekend! Color is a big decision in garden design. How much, which ones, and how to fit in that one, amazing, brilliant orange flower that you just can’t live […]

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Carpe the Diem

March 23, 2011

Over the weekend, I was supposed to go to the store and pick up some things that we “need”. But at the appointed time, I looked out the window and it was not raining. And I thought: “Forget this shopping business. Shopping can wait. BLUEBERRIES CAN’T.” So I transplanted my blueberries. (FINALLY! I know I […]

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Points of Interest

March 21, 2011

A+ Check out what Gullett Elementary in Austin, Texas, did to turn a lonely-looking courtyard into a garden of native plants, plants with uber-fun names like Barbados cherry and zexmenia. If you’d like to help grow a school garden you might also check out Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Pringle’s How to Grow a School Garden. […]

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Best Blog Post

March 18, 2011

Books lend themselves well to “best” lists. Best Fiction, Best Nonfiction, Best New Author, Best Title, etc., etc. In a way all these “best” lists are subjective — one person’s “best” is another person’s “please give me my two hours back.” One more concrete “best” measure, though, is “bestseller”. In most cases, this word indicates […]

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The New American Landscape Giveaway

March 17, 2011

UPDATED TO ADD WINNERS: Congratulations to Ryan Miller and Marlene for winning our giveaway! Thanks to everyone else for playing. Next week we’ll be giving away more books, so stay tuned! Yesterday, Kathryn wrote about seeing our new book, The New American Landscape, for the first time after months of writing and thinking about it. […]

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Winning the Expectations Game

March 16, 2011

Sometimes it takes an actual book to really inspire me. Let me explain. I write a lot of copy for Timber Press. Catalog copy, tip sheet copy, review copy letters, ad copy, copy, copy, copy. And the majority of this work is done months before the physical book exists. Six or so months ago I […]

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TV Stars!

March 14, 2011

Hello from the “publicity solarium” — so named because of the sunshine that FINALLY streams into our office windows!  It’s beginning to show signs of spring here in Portland, and in the garden media world! One of the things that you may not know about the behind-the-scenes world of publishing is the work that goes […]

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The Edible Front Yard Excerpt

March 9, 2011

We’ve been getting lots of glowing reviews for The Edible Front Yard, by Ivette Soler, from bloggers and the media alike.  Words like “unabashed”, “exuberant”, “lively”, “delightful”, and “delish” have been bandied about. We’re pleased that Ivette’s hard work is being appreciated. Here’s a little excerpt from her book! This section is from the first […]

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