Thursday, January 25, 2007

Diva Diary 2006

The 2006 Diary is now up at the Divas of the Dirt Website, with stories, photos and some pretty good recipes, too!

Here is something that might be fun for Saturday - an event at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:

Tree Talk and Winter Walk 2007, January 27, 9 am - 5 pm.
Join the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in celebrating our annual Tree Talk & Winter Walk on Saturday, January 27, where we will be helping you in “Barking Up the Right Tree”. Our event features a robust Tree Sale, with more than 80 species from which to choose. Purchase the perfect native tree for your urban landscape. Join us for walks and talks, such as how to identify & maintain native trees, & explore the importance of trees in the urban landscape. The day will include a Tree Planting demonstration, and activities for children & families. Don't forget to stop on by our Gift Store, where children's author Michael Todd will be signing copies of his book Texas State Bird Pageant from noon to 3 p.m. You can also get a 20% discount on selected items while shopping at the store (what a deal)!This one-day free event is packed with organized walks, talks, demonstrations, children’s activities, and useful information on trees including proper tree care, maintenance, planning and landscaping with trees. Join tree experts including: arborist Don Gardner, forester Jim Houser with Texas Forest Service, arborist Guy LeBlanc, and Flo Oxley and Philip Schulze with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center . Also on hand will be participating organizations providing information about their tree related programs: TreeFolks, FireCap, and the Texas Forest Service. Enjoy the Urban-Wildland Interface exhibit, and discover information you can use for landscape planning and maintenance regarding fire safety.Sponsored by KGSR. For more information and schedule, visit our website, at: Stephen Brueggerhoff, Public Programs Manager Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center 4801 La Crosse Avenue Austin, TX 78739-1702

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


Sugar is one of the original Divas, and although she hasn't been working on the landscape projects with us for a few years, she comes back to visit and we're always glad to see her.
When the Divas held the annual planning breakfast this January, Sugar was there to join in the fun - luckily we held our meeting before the ice came. Just look how thickly that ice formed in Central Austin seen here in a photo sent by Sugar, with a detail from her metal fence.

In Sugar's garden there's also a thorny but beautiful shrub called Flowering Quince - remembered well from one long project day. Sugar took her camera out in the cold and took a photo Deep in the Heart of the Frozen Quince.

Thanks for sharing these, Sugar!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Divas Blog

Welcome to the Divas of the Dirt Garden Blog.

The Divas of the Dirt Website has been online for several years, telling the story of our group of gardening friends. We take turns working on each other's landscapes here in Austin, Texas, making them a little more beautiful while we share meals and have fun together. Our site is full of photos, before-and-after projects, links to local garden organizations and nurseries, and lots of recipes. So why do we need a blog, too?

While our website displays the stories in more graceful form, it's kind of static - and a garden blog can get news out fast. So now - whether it's an event, a sale, or just an announcement of what one of us noticed at a local nursery - we can let you [and each other] in on the news.

In addition, since the website has no provisions for feedback, we're hoping that our garden blog can also be a place for conversations or questions, or just a way for you to say hello.

It's now January, and the 2006 Diva Diary is almost ready for the website. Once it's done and uploaded, I guess that will be my first announcement!