Yahoo! Today is the official launch of Garden Up!: Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces . To celebrate, Rebecca and I are hosting a cyber book party, complete with door prizes and party favors. Of course, two blogs isn't much of a party, and if you've followed the progress of our book, you know that we never could have written it without the help of some of the most talented bloggers, designers, gardeners and photographers out there. When we started looking for cohosts, who better to turn to than some of the co-contributors who made the book possible?
Filled with design tips, plant ideas and over 200 photos, Garden Up! offers inspiration and how-to information for enhancing any outdoor space with vertical elements. We cover everything from living wall projects simple enough for a home gardener to tackle to creative solutions for blank walls and narrow planting beds. For a peek inside the book, information on upcoming media and speaking events or to learn more about us, be sure to visit our website. The book is available from Amazon and Gardenbookstore.net as well as Barnes and Noble and other select retailers.
And now for the good stuff: Door prizes! Every blog is offering something different, and all you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment. Winners will be chosen randomly. The contest runs for a week, so check back on March 21 to see if you're one of the lucky ones. The more blogs you visit, the more chances to win. I'm excited to be giving away a stunning trellis from H. Potter. If you've dropped by my blog before, then you know that small space design is one of my passions, both because it makes up an important segment of my design business, and also because I garden in a small space myself. H. Potter was gracious enough to let me pick out the trellis I'm giving away, and I chose the Nouveau Leaf Wrought Iron Trellis. Garden Up! has an entire chapter on arbors and trellises so you better believe I've spent a lot of time thinking about them. This one is made from classic wrought iron, while also sporting a touch of the contemporary vibe that I love. I would pair it with a delicate clematis for warm season color and leave it bare in winter to enjoy its unusual and whimsical design. If I'm lucky, the winner will send me a photo of it in their own garden!
Don't worry if trellises aren't your thing. With seven co-hosts, this book party has something for everyone.
Angela Davis of My Rubber Boots is giving away a $25 gift certificate from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply, known online as GrowOrganic.com, an organic nursery and garden store with a spectacular range of edible seeds, propagation tools and pretty much everything you need to grow your own fruits and vegetables.
Over at Digging, Pam Penick is giving away an incredibly cool succulent wall art kit from Succulent Gardens
Jenny Peterson of J. Peterson Landscape Design is featuring a $75 gift certificate from High Country Gardens. If you're a fan of ornamental grasses and xeric plants, you'll love their selection.
In the best tradition of the Order Now! tactics used by infomercials and gym memberships, Rebecca and I are offering a signed bookplate (hand illustrated by me) to the first 100 people who purchase the book online. We're working on the honor system so there's no need to prove you made a purchase. Just send an email with a mailing address and the name you would like the book made out to here: email@example.com. Garden Up! makes a great birthday or Mother's Day gift, so if you're buying more than one copy, be sure to let us know and we'll include an extra bookplate.
So what are you waiting for? Time to win some prizes! (And while you're at it, buy a book!)