My book. It’s published!

by Fern on February 16, 2012

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I have waited so long to say this: I’m a published author! My book, Small-Space Container Gardens, is officially for sale in bookstores. Well, it just started shipping out to bookstores, so it might still be in transit to your favorite bookseller. But if it’s not there now, it will be there very, very soon. If not, ask them to order you a copy!

Last night, I came home and walked from my car, underneath my balcony, and into my condo. I got a whiff of some pink jasmine blooming in my garden and I just can’t describe how happy my garden made me in that moment. My hope for my book is that helps inspire people to find intrigue, excitement, tasty food, and wonderful smelling flowers out on readers’ own balconies, porches, patios, or wherever a few potted plants can be fit in.

My book is broken into three “sections.” The first two chapters are all about choosing colors, containers, furniture, and dealing with the weather and climate. The next section is five chapters full of design ideas and DIY projects for small-space gardeners. The last section is two chapters designed to green up your thumbs with essential container gardening advice and pest/disease info.

I want to take a second to thank some of the bloggers whose photos and thoughts on container gardening are peppered throughout the book. I think I need to start with Debra Lee Baldwin, I am so honored and humbled by what she wrote in the book’s foreword. Marie Viljoen‘s amazing balcony garden and adorable kitty is on the cover. That photo makes me so happy every time I see it. Steve Asbell’s orchids, epiphytic cacti, and other tropically delicious plants and insights are on page 137. Anna Beaudry is a talented photographer in addition to having a very chic Vancouver terrace. Check her out on pages 16, 36, and 37. Saxon Holt, wow, I’m so honored to have his photographs on pages 29, 40, 49, 53, 79, and 105. I think you’ll be tickled by the creative garden Susan L. Morrison designed and photographed on page 27. One of Jenny Peterson’s client’s deck gardens is featured on page 39, and her own balcony garden spans pages 134 and 135. Miriam Settles is in her own Maryland garden (and what a lush, fab garden it is!) on page 46. Thanks so much to Victoria Smith for sharing her happy little herb garden hanging out inside her stylish San Francisco apartment on page 48. Megan Speckman’s cool Haworthia is showing off some awesome glass top dressing on page 34. And finally, last but definitely not least, you have to check out the gorgeous, pink passionflower vine Elayne Takemoto photographed on page 139.

I am so excited for you all to see my labor of love!

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Debra Lee Baldwin February 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm

What a great feeling to know all that hard work has paid off, and your book is now available! It’s OK to check bookstore garden sections, hoping it’s there, and to watch it’s Amazon ranking. All part of the fun, as are finding new and creative ways to get the word out about it. But the best part is now you are a published author, which will never change, and which forever sets you apart. May you soon become a bestselling one, too!


Fern February 17, 2012 at 11:24 am

Thank you so much Debra. For your encouragement, advice, and for your wonderful foreword.

Jenny Peterson February 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Congratulations, Fern! I’m so, so happy for you–what a labor of love. I can’t wait to see it in person and feel it in my hands!


Fern February 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

Thanks Jenny! I hope you like the book and are happy with how your balcony was portrayed. :-)

Rebecca February 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Congrats Fern!!! The cover is beautiful! You’re blog was the inspiration behind my container gardening and I’m sure your book will continue to provide that same inspiration to others.

Can’t wait to give it a read!


Fern February 17, 2012 at 11:23 am

Thanks for your kind words, Rebecca. I hope you like the book!

Candy Suter February 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Oh Fern that is so wonderful! Congratulations to you! I will definitely have to get a copy to add to my collection of fantastic books on gardening! I bet you have some great information on succulents in it!


Fern February 17, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hi Candy! Thanks! Yes, there is a chapter on succulents as well as more info peppered throughout the rest of the book.

Lara February 17, 2012 at 4:31 am

How wonderful!!! Well deserved, too! I will be sure to look for a copy. Congrats!


Fern February 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thanks Laura! I hope you enjoy reading it.

Martin Novotny February 17, 2012 at 4:34 am

Hi Fern, congrats and one question – how about MOBI or ePUB version? Have checked Amazon Kindle store (not there), did not check iBooks yet…


Fern February 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hi Martin, my publisher is in complete control over those things. Though I doubt they would make a version available in a format that wasn’t full color since there are about 150 color photos.

Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand February 17, 2012 at 6:38 am

Congratulations Fern pop the cork and saver the moment I look forward to sharing your book with those that follow me! Annie


Fern February 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

Hi Annie! Thanks! I could use a glass of wine right about now.

Nikki Fotheringham February 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

Amazing! So great and in perfect time for spring. Well done – this is such a great achievement and looks like a wonderful read.


Fern February 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

Thanks! I suspect my publisher intentionally picked spring for the release time. :-)

Blake Schreck February 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

Congratulations, Fern! Very happy for you…


Fern February 17, 2012 at 11:12 am


sheila schultz February 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I put in the order for your book immediately! Enjoy every moment, and by the way… I agree with Rebecca, your cover is perfect!


Fern February 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Thanks so much, Sheila! I really think the cover is made fantastic by Marie’s photo. You can see more of her great garden at http://66squarefeet.blogspot.com.

Roberta February 18, 2012 at 8:57 am

I am so happy and proud of you, Fern. With your characteristic passion you have created something meaningful and beautiful in this book..
I checked Amazon and the updated arrival date for the books I pre-ordered is Feb 27-Mar 2. I can’t wait!!!


Monk-y February 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Congratulations on your newly published-book. I will rush to the bookstore as soon as I am free from work this week. I am getting an apartment on my own very soon and I have been very inspired by your blog. The book would be awesome as a reference guide for me. Can’t wait to get me balcony-garden started. Thanks for the hard work and inspiration.


Matt M. February 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Way to go, Fern. Bet it feels awesome! I’ll be looking for a copy soon.


sheila schultz February 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Your book arrived from Amazon today, earlier than expected! You must be so proud, it’s beautiful and invites the reader to read each and every page. I’ve just started, but I have a new client with a west facing 11th floor balcony with a lot of wind and intense Denver sun so you can bet that every word will be read quickly! Thanks, Fern…your timing is perfect!


Fern February 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Thanks so much Sheila! I’m so glad you liked it! I would be very honored if you left a review on Amazon after you’ve had a chance to read it.

Miriam February 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Congratulations! I can’t wait to get your book. I’m starting to plan this year’s garden and your book will be great inspiration. I continue to enjoy your blog so much–you’re always so full of creative ideas! –Miriam


Natalie February 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Hi Fern, thanks for writing the book. I’m looking forward to getting ideas for our apartment balcony. I am excited to transform it into a beautiful place we can hang out in.


Fern February 28, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Hi Natalie! Please share photos of your balcony as you begin the transformation! I love seeing what other people are doing in their container gardens. I hope my book is helpful and inspiring! :-)

Danika @ Your Organic Life March 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

I didn’t make the connection that this was your book when I contacted the publisher earlier this week about sponsoring the #ecowed twitter party next week that I invited you to be a panelist in. What a small world!

They said they couldn’t do it this time because the person who would make that decision is traveling but asked for more information so they could consider doing a future party.


Fern March 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Ah, yes. My publicist is out of the office for the next two weeks. If you send me the info directly, I would love to participate.

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