Garden Bloggers Spring Fling 2008

Guest List

Are you new to garden blogging, or have you been doing it a few years? Do you use Blogger, WordPress, or Movable Type? Do you go with the default template, or do you have a highly customized site? Do you have a large web following or just write for friends and family? Whatever the case, at Garden Bloggers Spring Fling 2008 you’ll find other garden bloggers eager to share their experiences and opinions on a variety of issues: privacy, garden photography, content theft, monetizing your blog, increasing traffic. And that’s just the blog topics. Of course, we’ll talk about gardening, too.

We bet you want to know who is coming to the Spring Fling. . . Continue reading this entry »



We’ve provided some information below to help with your budgeting. There is no charge for the event itself.

Projected costs for Saturday’s group events:

  • Tour of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center — $8 (includes admission and guided tour). Any snacks at the cafe and purchases at the gift shop are extra.
  • Lunch talk with Tom Spencer at Nuevo Leon in Circle C — Fixed-price fajita buffet, $20 per person (includes tax and tip; excludes alcoholic beverages). Pre-payment required to reserve your seat, first-come first-served; email Pam in order to RSVP and get address to send a check. Seating limited to 45 people.
  • Visit to the Natural Gardener‘s display gardens and nursery — Free, but keep in mind that their plants, gifts, tools, and books are very tempting!
  • Private tour of David-Peese garden — Free!
  • Happy hour and informal blogging-discussion groups at the home of Pam Penick of Digging — Free!
  • Dinner at County Line on the Lake BBQ — Fixed-price, all-you-can-eat, 7-meat BBQ plate and dessert, $31.50 per person (includes tax and tip; excludes alcoholic beverages). Pre-payment required to reserve your seat, first-come first-served; email Pam in order to RSVP and get address to send a check. Seating limited to 40 people.


We’re looking forward to seeing you! Please help us out by sending us an email so that we can make arrangements for food and carpooling. Just click on the appropriate link below. Please include your website address in your RSVP.


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If you’re interested but need more information before making a decision, email Pam with your questions by clicking the link below.

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How to find cheap air fares

Guest Post by Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening

Last September, I made my first air flight in thirty years. Understandably nervous and not exactly flush with cash, I researched air fares thoroughly before buying my ticket. Here are a few general tips I learned:

  • The fare will be cheaper if either your departure or your arrival date is not a weekend.
  • The earlier you book your flight, the cheaper your flight is likely to be. Given the way oil prices are rising, I’d say this is almost a given.

Websites that will help

If you don’t believe that fares are only going up, you might want to check out Farecast. For the most popular routes, it predicts whether fares are going up or down.

The more difficult problem is picking out the cheapest fare from the plethora of choices. I heartily recommend using for this task. It is a specialized search engine for air fare, incorporating Orbitz and cheaptickets as well as all the major airlines. It lets you try out different scenarios such as different times of the day, different days of the week, and different airports. You can fine tune departure and arrival times. It also lets you save searches and have them emailed to you once a week. That feature enabled me to track the fares to Austin. It started out at $240, went up to $300, went back down to $240, went up to $250, and Sunday night (January 6th) it was back down to $240 and I decided to nab it while I could. With oil prices skyrocketing I really couldn’t imagine fares getting any lower. Since then, the lowest fare has gone back up to $279.

The cheapest kinds of tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you want to cancel or reschedule you’re out of luck. So make sure you’ve got your dates and times right before you hand over your plastic. (Note that you don’t actually buy tickets from Kayak. It provides the link to the actual ticket seller, and you go there to complete the transaction.)

While you’re finalizing your flight, open up Seat Guru in a separate tab or window. Find the make and model of your plane, and pick out your seat from the map provided. Notice that problem seats are identified, as are particularly advantageous ones.

Good luck bargain hunting–I hope it enables you to join us!