December Giveaway: “Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?” by Andrew Keys

Why Grow That When You Can Grow This by Andrew Keys

Dear Green-Thumbed Friends:

Remember my promising that there would be garden-themed book giveaways in the near future?

Well, the wait is over!

For this month’s giveaway I’m delighted to offer to one lucky reader a copy of Andrew Keys’s  Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants  (Timber Press, 2012). As is the case with most of my featured giveaways, this book is hot off the press. It’s also a perfect read for this time of year while we dream of spring landscaping.

Many of you may be familiar with Andrew in his role as the the host of the popular Gardening Confidential (“Stories at the intersection of people and plants”) podcast at Fine Gardening magazine. (Some readers may even recall that he and I chatted up my nemesis Ashe juniper last year on his show.) Andrew is an incredibly talented garden writer/thinker/podcaster, and–having been provided a courtesy copy of the book from his publisher–I can vouch for the fact that this book reflects his signature warm, sensible writing style.

It’s also filled to the brim with bright, colorful  photos that will help you envision fresh, workable alternatives for your landscape. Bonus: if you win–or decide to purchase–Andrew’s book, you’ll find a little contribution from me on page 298. Nothing fancy… just a memento from a cross-country family vacation that wound up being a decent example of an alternative to lily of the valley.

Curious to know to which plant I’m alluding?

Ah… then it’s time to talk about giveaway details, now isn’t it?

Giveaway details:

• The contest deadline is 5:00 PM CST on Friday, December 28, 2012.

• To enter, simply leave a note in the comments section of this post and/or:

Each of the above actions by you counts as a separate entry. That’s right, you can register up to FOUR times for this contest.

• The winner must be a resident of the continental U.S. (Sorry, Canadian and Australian friends!)

• I’ll announce the winner in an update to this post and on my Facebook page during the first week of January The winner will be selected by a random drawing.

• Can’t wait for the book? You can purchase it here.


  1. Maybe this will help me get over my addiction to growing tomatoes in an inhospitable area. I keep growing them and they keep fading away before making tomatoes.

  2. I would love to be able to look at Monets’ garden & then substitute plantings more appropriate for my area 🙂

  3. I’m in dire need of this book, because I’m always, always pushing the envelope, thinking I can grow things in our garden that I logically know won’t grow here. It’s plant lust, pure and simple. Maybe Andrew’s book will help me avoid murdering our green friends that need to live in a sunny, less humid zone. Maybe.

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