Garden Bloggers Spring Fling 2008

Sponsors & Door Prizes

Spring Fling BlingA big thank-you to the following businesses and individuals for sponsoring the Garden Bloggers Spring Fling by donating items for our fun door-prize giveaway. If you’re a garden retailer or author and would like to become a sponsor, please email us. Thank you!

Spring Fling BlingAnd Spring Flingers, while you’re in Austin, if you have time to visit a garden center or two, please consider patronizing the local businesses listed below, and tell them you’re with the GBSF.



The Great Outdoors (local nursery in south Austin)

Shoal Creek Nursery (local nursery in north-central Austin)

Barton Springs Nursery (local nursery in west Austin)

Red Barn Garden Center (local nursery in north Austin)

Premium Elephant Ears

Timber Press

Mother Earth News

The Herb Companion

Elizabeth Licata of Gardening While Intoxicated and Garden Rant

Nan Ondra of Gardening Gone Wild

Susan Wittig Albert of Lifescapes

Sunset Books

Fling Bling!

Spring Fling BlingDoor prizes, courtesy of our sponsors, will be awarded at the County Line dinner on Saturday, April 5. Click here for information about reserving your seat at dinner. We will update this page as we receive more donations, so check back periodically to see what goodies you might win.

Two CobraHead Short Handle tools

A CobraHead Long Handle tool

Indoor/outdoor copper-finish thermometer

Star/moon ball (garden accent or candle holder)

Wide-brimmed UPF 50 Sun Hat

Seed sprouter kit with 3 bags of seeds

Garden Walk Buffalo book
and DVD

Grime Bar hand-milled soap, a tube of Recovery Rub, & SPF lip balm

Elephant ear bulbs with growing instructions

The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook by Mimi Luebberman

Decorative copper-finish watering can

One-year subscription to Mother Earth News, 3 back issues of the magazine, a trowel, a cultivator, and a “Mother Earth News” tote bag

One-year subscription to The Herb Companion, 3 back issues of the magazine, a trowel, a cultivator, and an “Herb Cultivator” tote bag

Green, wooden “Garden” sign

Two colorful bucket carry-alls, one red and one blue

The top 5 “Green Garden” books from Timber Press: The Truth About Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawbacks, and the Bottom Line by Jeff Gillman; The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why by Jeff Gillman; Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis; Green Roof Plants: A Resource and Planting Guide by Edmund C. Snodgrass and Lucie L. Snodgrass; Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens by Douglas W. Tallamy.

Spring Fling Bling

Signed copy of Fallscaping by Nancy Ondra and Stephanie Cohen

Signed copies of Bloodroot (China Bayles Mystery) and Spanish Dagger (China Bayles Mystery) by Susan Wittig Albert

Walks, Walls & Patio Floors, by Sunset Books

Sheds & Garages, by Sunset Books

Trellises & Arbors, by Sunset Books

Backyards for Kids, by Sunset Books


Spring Fling, Good Eats

Austin is famous for its barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisines. A tasty fajita lunch and a Texas-sized BBQ dinner will keep our army of garden bloggers on its feet as we Spring Fling around town. If you travel on your stomach, here are some details you might be craving.

Lunch with Tom Spencer: “Gathered Stones: Garden Memories”

Tom Spencer
Saturday, April 5, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Nuevo Leon in Circle C
5900 West Slaughter Lane #D550

Beef and Chicken Fajita Buffet

$20 per person (includes tax and tip)

Marinated, grilled beef and chicken with tortillas, served with guacamole, sour cream, cheese, pico de gallo, rice and beans. Includes chips, salsa, and iced tea.

Other beverages or alcoholic drinks are not included and must be paid for separately.

BBQ Dinner and Door Prizes

County Line Photo Credit Pam PenickSaturday, April 5, 7:30 pm
County Line on the Lake
5204 FM 2222

“The Cadillac” All-You-Can-Eat

$31.50 per person (includes tax and tip)

Choose up to 7 meats including: lean brisket, moist brisket, sausage, beef ribs, pork ribs, chicken, and ham. (Turkey may be substituted for brisket, beef ribs, or pork ribs at no charge.) Veggies include potato salad, cole slaw, and beans. Beverages include sodas and iced tea. Homemade bread and ice cream are also included.

Other beverages or alcoholic drinks are not included and must be paid for separately.

They don’t call it a party room for nothing! A few lucky guests will win fabulous, garden-related door prizes.

Friday Welcome Dinner

Matt’s El Rancho, 6:00 pm SHARP
2613 S Lamar Blvd
Matt's El Rancho

If you’ll be in town on Friday evening, the Austin garden bloggers would be pleased to join you for a Tex-Mex dinner and welcome you to Austin. We are not renting a party room at Matt’s, and everyone will be ordering off the menu, so we do not require pre-payment for this meal. However, in order to make a reservation for a big-enough table or group of tables, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible whether you’ll be joining us.

How To Make a Seating Reservation

We’ve reserved private dining rooms at both Nuevo Leon and The County Line on the Lake. Seating is limited to 45 and 40 guests, respectively, and a spot will be held in your name with pre-payment. Already nearly half of the seats at lunch are spoken for, so we encourage you to send payment ASAP to hold your spot.

In order to accommodate as many bloggers as possible, seating at both lunch and dinner is currently restricted to garden bloggers only. However, if dinner seating is still available on March 15, the reservation deadline, we may open seating at the County Line to spouses/significant others as well. Seating reservations and payment will be considered final as of March 15. After March 15, we cannot accept cancellations, and no refunds will be given. Space in the private rooms is limited to those purchasing meals.

Please send a check for the total amount for one or both Saturday meals in order to hold your seats. Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay. Checks should be made out to Pam Penick and mailed to her; email Pam for the address. Please indicate on the check which meal(s) you are paying for. She will send you confirmation of your reservation(s) via email.

Please email us if you have any questions about the meals or the seat-reservation process. We look forward to seeing you on April 5th!

Contact: Make Lunch and Dinner Reservations

You’re Invited, Garden Bloggers!

Spring FlingCalling all garden bloggers! It’s the Garden Bloggers Spring Fling, Saturday, April 5, 2008.

The Austin garden bloggers invite you to join us for a day of socializing with other garden bloggers, tours of public and private gardens, a talk by Soul of the Garden’s Tom Spencer, and informal discussions about blogging at a happy hour in the garden of Digging’s Pam Penick. This is your chance to meet your favorite garden bloggers in person, put faces to familiar names, and get to know new bloggers!

Larkspur Photo Credit M Sinclair StevensWe’d love to meet you! Details below.