Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Blogiversary Celebration!

The Art Garden blog is celebrating it's 4th anniversary today! As a special thank-you to my readers I'm giving away a copy of Durable Plants for the Garden, A Plant Select Guide

I'm a huge fan of the Plant Select® program in that it combines plant exploration, research as to regional adaptability, and timely propagation for retail availability (none of that "Gee, cool plant, too bad no one sells it!" stuff).  Although the program focuses on plants for the High Plains and intermountain states, many of them are appropriate for use in other regions as well.  Trees, shrubs, perennials - including grasses, vines, and groundcovers - and even annuals are included in the program.

Durable Plants for the Garden features the first seventy-four plants promoted by Plant Select® Each plant profile includes a detailed description with multiple color photographs, cultural requirements, recommended landscape use, etc.  I especially like the background information about why each plant was chosen and what it's advantages and disadvantages are. Go here to take a peek a some of the featured pages.  Isn't that great?! I think it's wonderfully designed, easy to use, and inspiring.

Here are a few of the Plant Select® plants that I'm growing in my garden:

Zauschneria garrettii, orange carpet hummingbird trumpet
Chamaebatiaria millifolium, fernbush
Berlandiera lyrata, chocolate flower
Sibiraea laevigata, Siberian spirea
Fallugia paradoxa, Apache plume
Phlomis cashmeriana, Cashmere sage
Veronica liwanensis, Turkish veronica
Wouldn't you like a copy of Durable Plants for the Garden for your very own?  Plant Select® has generously donated a copy for this special blogiversary drawing.  Leave a comment for me here by midnight on Tuesday, September 7th, and I'll use the Random Number Generator to select a winner.

When you're ready to purchase Plant Select® plants for your garden you can find a list of retailers here.  Plant Select® is a Colorado nonprofit organization.


Debbie/GardenofPossibilities said...


Happy Blogiversary! Four years - what an accomplishment.

I'm not familiar with the Plant Select program but I love all the plants you profiled, especially the fluffy flowers of Apache plume.

Les said...

Congratulations! Maybe someone will take you out to dinner for your anniversary.

ScottHokunson said...

Congratulations on four years Jocelyn! Only been following since earlier this year, but am a big fan. The Art Garden was a great addition to the GDRT, and I look forward to future posts!

MarkNDenver said...

Congrats Jocelyn and thank you for giving us your thoughts on life and gardening... Have the book already and always try to search out the "Plant Select" labels when I shop for new plants to add to my humble garden. Keep up the good work.


Pam/Digging said...

Congrats on the blogiversary, Jocelyn! Four years is a long time. Here's to many more.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Thanks to you all for your kind and encouraging comments! Yes, four years is a long haul (and I've certainly gone through some dry spells!) but keeping up my blog really helps me stay focused and in tune with the world of gardening and garden design...

shannon tea said...

I just found your blog and I love it. Thank you for all the hard work that goes into giving us such a treasure.

Deb said...

I love that your blog is so positive about gardening, always a joy to read.

Jocelyn H. Chilvers said...

Thank you Shannon and Deb! I'm soooo excited that the folks at Plant Select are helping me with this book give-away; I wish everyone could win!

heregoes said...

Your photography is wonderful. I would love to see your garden.