Monday, March 21, 2011

Garden Up! Vertical Gardening Cyber Book Party

UPDATE! The Winner of the Wally One from Woolly Pocket is Paige Puckett from Raleigh, North Carolina who just happens to write a blog called "Pocket Smiles" isn't that perfect? Congratulations, Paige!

And thanks to everyone who participated in our cyber book party...let's do it again!
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One of my favorite things about the crowd I hang with is watching the growth of projects from "wow, we have a contract" to "wow, we have a BOOK!"

I am so excited about the book that my friends Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet are launching today: Garden Up!: Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces.


The best part? How so many were able to contribute to the project, making this book a very personal snapshot of a time when this particular group of bloggers, designers, gardeners & photographers were having a conversation.

So please help me celebrate Garden Up! via this cyber book party, which is complete with door prizes AND party favors (as all the best parties are). I am honored to have been asked to be a co-host; watching Susan and Rebecca create this book has been a privilege, and that my garden is immortalized within its pages is beyond cool.

About The Book
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. They cover everything from living wall projects simple enough for a home gardener to creative design 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 the authors, be sure to visit Susan and Rebecca's website.  The book is available from Amazon and Gardenbookstore.net as well as select bookstores.

It was my pleasure to host the Garden Up! duo and their entourage in my garden last spring. They were particularly interested in the plant choices in my small back garden, and what varieties work well to add layers of height and screening without using up valuable garden bed space. Since this is no longer my garden, it's especially nice to have it preserved in this book. It will always look this lovely, without me lifting another finger. I like that!

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 you have to win.

InterLeafings is pleased to be giving away one of the hot-hot-hot wall planting products today; the Wally One from Woolly Pocket. Available in a variety of colors, you just fill with soil add your favorite plants and hang on the wall...anywhere! For a chance to win a Wally One, just leave a comment below.

And if Woolly Pockets aren't your thing, no worries! With seven co-hosts, this book party has something for everyone.

An H. Potter Wrought Iron Trellis from Susan Morrison at Blue Planet Garden Blog 

A Bundle of Fiskars Tools from Rebecca Sweet at Gossip in the Garden 

A $50 Annie's Annuals Gift Certificate from Jim Martin at Compost in my Shoe.

A $25 Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply Gift Certificate from Angela Davis at My Rubber Boots

A Succulent Gardens Living Wall Kit from Pam Pennick at Digging

A $75 High Country Gardens Gift Certificate from Jenny Peterson at J Peterson Garden Design

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Yours will be signed!
And finally, as a thank-you to the first 100 people who order online, Rebecca and Susan are offering a hand-illustrated (by Susan!) signed bookplate. They're working on the honor system so no need to prove you made a purchase. Just send an email with a mailing address and the recipient's name to: susan@morrison-sweet.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 them know and they'll include an extra bookplate.

So what are you waiting for...game on!

78 comments:

  1. That wall pocket is so interesting, I'd love to try it on my fence to add some interest. And I'll be checking out the book, too, for great ideas. Thanks for sponsoring.
    Robin

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  2. What a cute planter!! Thanks for the chance to win...the book looks awesome and full of great ideas! Can't wait to get a copy!

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  3. Always looking for new ideas! I will own this book soon.

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  4. Ooooh oooh oooh! I want a Wally One! I have one so far, but if I had another I could REALLY cover my chicken coop wall with some overflowing succulents! That would be amazing.

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  5. This really is an excellent wall planter...

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  6. I worked with Jim Martin for years and I'm so pleased to see him receive the recognition he deserves! I have a fence that needs a Wooly Pocket!

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  7. What a wonderful idea! I love the wooly pocket! I am so glad I found your blog, I will be visiting more often.

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  8. What a great idea! I love to garden vertically (bamboo, cedar, hogwire) and have wanted something like this to hang on my walls. Will also be checking out the book at B and N.

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  9. Welcome, new visitors! Glad you are enjoying our cyber book party...the Wally One winner will be announced right here in one week!

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  10. What a great blog! I'm adding to my weely must-reads. I'm filling my garden with color....inpsired by a friend who is crazy for color and paint. This would work well with the greens, blues and oranges I'm working with now. Thanks!

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  11. Wow...those pockets sure look like fun! A pleasure to find your blog!

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  12. This is really awesome. I love this book because it's fresh and new about a design style that is not commonly used. I also have the perfect place in my front porch for a woolly pocket. I would love to win this! :-)

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  13. Well put Laura! I really like what you said about this being very personal snapshot of a time. For all of us watching this project come together on their (and your) blogs it's wonderful to see you all celebrating. I can't wait to read the book!

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  14. Someone just reminded me that this would make a great FATHER'S Day gift as well!

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  15. What a great garden idea! Looking forward to the book.

    -ella
    ATX

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  16. How lovely to be able to look at your former garden space in such an amazing book. Garden Up! is so well done, it needs to be on every gardener's 'must read' list.

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  17. Hi, Laura -- Hm. My earlier comment didn't seem to post. I hope this isn't an unwanted echo. See you soon!

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  18. My dining room is in desperate need of a Woolly Pocket!

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  19. i'd love to win a woolly! thanks for the chance!
    j.

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  20. I've looked at these and find them fascinating. I have a bare wall in the entrance to my front door. A Woolly would be perfect there. I'm excited about the book too.

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  21. I'm spinning the wheel--no whammies!

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  22. Loved the book, loved seeing pictures of all of my friends in there!

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  23. I'd love to try a woolly pocket , and the book sounds great, I'd love to read it

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  24. I've always been interested in a woolly pocket - thanks for the chance!

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  25. totally looking forward to checking this out. congrats to the ladies!

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  26. I am really looking forward to seeing all the photos in the book! How exciting! And all the new ideas! These wall plantings are blowing me away. I want to try it!

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  27. Such a unique idea. Am anxious to try the wall pocket and order the book!

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  28. I love the Wally pocket! I will be ordering one anyway- I would love to win another, thank you for the opportunity!

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  29. How exciting to have your garden in Susan & Rebecca's book! I would love to win a Wooly Pocket;-) You can visit the Gardeners' Sustainable Living Project on my blog for a chance to win 1 of 16 different garden gifts, as well! Would love to have you visit and join in! Happy Spring!

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  30. The book looks wonderful, and I love going through each link to the various websites--all of which are great! Thank you!

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  31. I am very excited about this book and can't wait to get mine!

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  32. How exciting! I have been wanting a wooly pocket for some time now!

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  33. Wooly pockets are so interesting, I would love to try one! Garden Up looks like a must have book.

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  34. thanks for the additional info about Garden Up! and also the chance to win a Wally One... :))

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  35. That woolly thing is so cool!

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  36. Just starting up a new garden at my place and a new blog to talk about it. I hope I win!

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  37. A girl can always use one more Wally 1!
    Woolly pockets make great vertical vegetable gardens.
    Thanks for entering me in the contest.

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  38. I just bought my house a couple of months ago, and am in the process of plotting and scheming my garden. I've heard about Woolly pockets- might be fun to try one out!

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  39. Hurray for door prizes AND a super cool new book! I can't wait to check it out!

    P.S. Stop by and say hi at the SF Garden show, I'm working at Annie's booth Thursday & Saturday from 3 to close

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  40. I have a Woolly Pocket hanging on my fence and I LOVE it. It's been there for over a year now and still looks brand new! I love to see the school gardens they've helped install- it's great for people to see they dont have to limit themselves to traditional garden beds!

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  41. Ok the woolly pocket is rad, but what I'm really stoked about is last year I was so into twitter and then eventually got away from it which meant I lost contact with all my new gardening queens to learn from, I remember your photos of your private place, a red umbrella? so this "party" has helped me be reintroduced to you again! Talk about icing on the cake!

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  42. Great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Kala
    Kalamae@msn.com

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  43. The Wally one looks so cool. Love your blog. Thanks for the party!

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  44. Just added the book to my TBR. Great giveaway!

    maynekitty[at]live[dot]com

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  45. This looks great....Thanks for the intro to the book. Definitely perfect for my tiny city garden....

    Victoria Tory

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  46. Wow, how cool is that. Wonder whether I'll recognize the photo of your garden -- will there be a red umbrella in the background!

    Now I just have to get the book, I'm hoping my local bookstore will have a copy for me this weekend -- na, why don't I just call them to order one.

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  47. Thanks everybody, and welcome new readers! And hey, Mouse, the red umbrella is the title page image for "Garden Secrets."

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  48. Super excited about this book and the woolly pocket. Love! Hoping I win :D

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  49. Vertical gardening is something I'm trying to do more of since I have limited space... plus I would love one of those Wally One from Woolly Pocket :)

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  50. Thanks for celebrating the new book! The Woolly Pocket is something I would like to try.

    scotfamily@earthlink.net

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  51. Love anything about gardening in small places, am getting ready for some vertical gardens, and I love you blog.

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  52. I've bare walls that need some help! I've checked out the website video and looked at photos~ the book looks great. gail

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  53. The book looks great and the wooly pocket would be just the thing to hang on my fence. Fingers crossed that I win it!

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  54. I would love to have this hanging on my wall! I hope I win!
    Daisy522@aol.com

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  55. Loving the cyber garden party! Thanks to all the passionate gardeners, bloggers, writers, photographers,sponsers, etc. etc. that've helped make this all possible... Happy reading, dreaming, & winning everyone!

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  56. Hi Laura - great blog. We're in Campbell too, nice to virtually meet!

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  57. I just ordered the book. This is a wonderful idea. I love your blog. We just planted 50 woolly pockets at the school yard garden I am involved with. I would love one for my yard!!
    Love your blog! Any tips on how to get one going?

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  58. Wooly pockets are so cute! I love Garden Up, and it's giving me good ideas for using my narrow space to grow more food.

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  59. A Woolly from Wally?! How fab! Please enter my name to win.

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  60. It is new to me...so clever, creative, and thanks for giving us a chance to win one as well as hear about Garden Up too. Please enter my name into the drawing. Enjoyed your blog too.

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  61. What a wonderful Cyber Party you've brought to the world of gardening to Celebrate authors Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet and their gorgeous book Garden Up! They have captured the beauty and talent of gardening to share with all of us.

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  62. Those pockets are very clever - hope they have them at the SF Flower & Garden show this week. Enjoying the cyber party - thanks for participating. Enjoyed perusing your blog! Have you been to Filoli? This is a great time of the year to visit there and you are close. Thanks again and I look forward to getting a copy of the book!

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  63. Just clicked on your website link. You might want to change the "upcoming event" it is showing the flower show for a different year at the Cow Palace. I tried the "contact" form and thought I could leave a message there but it just said you will contact me - no need.

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  64. I'm so excited for this book! And reading all these new-to-me blogs has me in such a garden groove that I accidentally read your blog's subtitle as "almost entirely composted" instead of "almost entirely composed."

    Congratulations on being included in this book! I'm looking forward to reading it!

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  65. I ordered the new book yesterday but I am also very excited to discover all these new gardening blogs and am glad for this rain so I can spend some time exploring past posts.

    The brand new SummerWinds nursery that opened this week in Santa Clara on El Camino has two large Wally's displayed on the building wall, just fabulous!

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  66. Beautiful book and great prizes! Such a great idea :)

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  67. I can't wait to read this book and the Wooly Pocket is such an awesome idea! I'd love to win one!

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  68. Before today, I'd never seen those wall pockets. Very cool!

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  69. Your product has left me speechless, I have never seen these before and I am super curious. Thanks for participating in the give-away.

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  70. What a great contest. Whoever wins is very fortunate.

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  71. How fun! I'm planning a wall of woolly pockets right now for part of my fence. And I'm looking forward to the book too!

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