Garden Up! Take Your Landcape to the Next Level

March 17, 2011 by

Talented landscape design duo Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet’s new book Garden Up! is out and you’ve seriously gotta get your hands on one.

A fan of vertical gardening, I love how these gals have packaged their combined creativity with loads of gorgeous photos and do-it-yourself suggestions so readers can not only be inspired, but can start to put some of these great ideas to work in their own spaces.

Creating an Urban Oasis

The section on urban gardens features a stunning wall incorporating porthole-shaped mirrors that create a focal point while also accentuating the light. The authors remind us about the positive impact urban gardens have on the environment, particularly in offsetting the heat island effect.

Austin designer Jenny Peterson’s New Orleans-inspired urban garden retreat is showcased with clever before and after vignettes detailing the colorful touches she added to her space.

From Garden to Plate

Morrison and Sweet offer tips and ideas about for growing edibles that will not only taste great, they’ll be delicious to look at, like these strawberries crawling up a PVC pipe.

Enjoy the eggs and also the green roof of your urban chicken coop!

A vertical edible garden that is as beautiful as it is practical.

Giving Ordinary Objects New Life as Containers

The book addresses recycling and repurposing objects, like this gutter cleverly transformed into a hanging vertical container garden.

“Just about anything can be reinvented as a planter,” Morrison and Sweet show us with these wonderful trellises, above.

Found objects anywhere can lend themselves to creating a vertical garden for your particular space.

Design Strategies and DIY
Garden Up! is full of great design ideas you can implement yourself, like the gladiator garden below.

The book shares some wonderful ideas for making the most of your small space with special attention to creating unique, beautiful environments. When discussing container gardens, the designers suggest strategically layering them to maximize your space while at the same time making it appear larger.

Order your copy now! $12.31 with free shipping:
Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces.



Attend the Garden Up! Cyber Book Party!
The authors are hosting a cyber book party, complete with door prizes and party favors from some of the book’s contributors!

All you have to do for a chance to win is visit the blogs below and leave a comment.  Winners will be chosen randomly.  The contest runs for a week, so check back on March 21 to see if you’re one of the lucky ones. The more blogs you visit, the more chances to win.

Angela Davis of My Rubber Boots is giving away a $25 gift certificate from Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply, known online as, an organic nursery and garden store with a spectacular range of edible seeds, propagation tools and pretty much everything you need to grow your own fruits and vegetables.

Over at Digging, Pam Penick is giving away an incredibly cool succulent wall art kit from Succulent Gardens

Just in time for spring planting Jim Martin from Compost in My Shoe has a $50 gift certificate from Annie’s Annuals to hand out to one lucky winner.

Jenny Peterson of J. Peterson Landscape Design is featuring a $75 gift certificate from High Country Gardens.  If you’re a fan of ornamental grasses and xeric plants, you’ll love their selection.

For those of you thinking about trying out a living wall at home Laura Schaub is giving away a Wally One from Woolly Pockets on her blog Interleafings.

Co-author Rebecca Sweet has a whole bundle of tools from Fiskars on her blog Gossp in the Garden, including their cool new Cuts and More tool.

Wait, there’s more…!

Rebecca and Susan offering a signed bookplate (hand illustrated by Rebecca) to the first 100 people who purchase the book online. (They’re working on the honor system so there’s no need to prove you made a purchase.) Just send an email with a mailing address and the name you would like the book made out to here:

Grow Up and Enjoy!







  1. Dirty Girl Gardening said:

    ohhh, looks like a good book.

    — March 17, 2011 @ 13:47

  2. victoria lyon said:

    Can’t wait to read it!

    — March 18, 2011 @ 09:01

  3. Ellen Spector Platt said:

    Luscious ideas and images.

    — March 18, 2011 @ 09:12

  4. Annie Haven/Authentic Haven Brand said:

    You are right Susan L Morrison and Rebecca Sweet have brought to our eyes through the pages of Garden Up! some of the most talented garden design ideas and truly beautiful eye candy for the garden lover. Authentic Haven Brand is honored to have been chosen and pictured on page 86 of this gorgeous book. You have featured a real Winner in this post Annie

    — March 18, 2011 @ 09:24

  5. rebecca sweet said:

    Robin!! What a fantastic review of our book – thank you SO much! We are thrilled with our book and are so glad that designers like yourself who specialize in urban gardening have embraced it, as vertical gardening is the perfect solution for smaller spaces. (btw: I’m looking forward to spending some time with you next week!)

    — March 18, 2011 @ 10:19

  6. Ellen Shapiro said:

    I ordered a copy today!

    — March 18, 2011 @ 20:10

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