Book and Plant Giveaway

Want to win a copy of my new book, “Perennials Through the Seasons”?

I know, deep breaths, it’s a bit overwhelming.

But what if I up the ante? What if I throw in 5 plants from my absolute favorite online purveyor of plants, Santa Rosa Gardens?

I know, dreams do come true.

So in addition to my awe inspiring book (which I will sign and personally inscribe), the winners (2 in total) will also receive the following 5 plants, all of which inspired the book:

Veronica ‘Royal Candles’

Eupatorium ‘Baby Joe’

Helenium Mariachi ‘Fuego’

Monarda Bee-You ‘Bee-Free’

Echinacea Big Sky ‘Sunrise’ 

I highly suggest clicking on each of the plant names above to see photos of these beauties.

All that’s required to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment on this post.

If for some reason you have an issue leaving a comment, please send me an email at There have been issues for some of you lately and I’m still working with WordPress to address the issue.

The contest will run through Monday May 1, 9:00 PM EST. Winners, chosen at random, will be announced at that time.

Contestants must live within the continental U.S.

Good luck.


59 thoughts on “Book and Plant Giveaway

  1. Audrey

    I am really enjoying your blog and am betting that your book is just as enjoyable! Plants too, what a bonus!

  2. Kelly Bruszewski

    I’m looking forward to reading the book. It would be a bonus to get it for free! Free plants would certainly be icing on the cake!!

  3. Karen

    I just discovered your blog and have really been enjoying browsing through your old posts. Great photography too. Congratulations on the book!

  4. Bead

    Love EVERYTHING you are doing to inspire inform and Rant about your techniques and your approach to gardening! Thank you fir all the posts and here’s to many more from you which inspired many more of us to press on in our own gardens! Keep it up!!

  5. Kate

    Congrats on the book! This is an excellent give-away. I order regularly from Santa Rosa because of reading about them in your posts.

  6. Fee Roberts

    Congrats on your book! It sounds like the perfect read for a beginning garden like myself, and these plants are gorgeous!

  7. Michelle

    Can I enter just for the plants since I already have the book? Am up to page 45 (Eupatorium ‘Gateway’).

  8. Patricia Thompson

    Well, this incentive did it. I,’ve been following your blog for a while and love your writing but I never responded before, but here I am hoping to win. keep up the good work .

  9. Niren Joshi

    Congratulations on the book! Santa Rosa is a wonderful online nursery – I have ordered from Jude several times and her customer service is top notch. If I win, I know the plants will be of superb quality and well packed.

  10. Linda o'Connell

    Hey John, you must be thrilled to have your book out there. Are you already working on the sequel?
    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

  11. marilyn sandau

    Happy spring! I would be thrilled to win a copy of your book and the plants.

  12. mary Hatton

    A gardening book on perennials and… perennials! A gardener’s dream come true. Congratulations on the publishing of your book. Best wishes.

  13. Laurin Lindsey

    So I already own your book but will happily give it to a friend if I am so fortunate to get an autographed copy! Great fun plant choices…plants are truly my passion in life!

  14. Deborah

    To win your new signed book and receive some of the perennials that helped inspired the book would be
    a ‘sweet treat’ indeed!

  15. Meg

    How generous of you. Thank you for the opportunity to win five wonderful plants and your book. What more could a gardener wish for?!

  16. Tami W Jones

    Thanks for including us in the development of your book! I look forward to reading it after I win so I know where best to plant those plants!

  17. Alice

    Congratulations on your new book. I hope it is a big success as you are a passionate gardener and have a lot to share with other gardeners.

  18. AnnJ

    This giveaway is the cat’s pajamas.
    I love Veronica and Monarda. Eupatorium nor Echinacea are my favorites, but I like these varieties much more than the usual ones.
    I would be very willing to give the Helenium a chance…
    Congratulations on the book coming out so quickly!

  19. Beth Lynch

    Love your blog and look forward to reading your book. The plants would fit right in with my garden and coming with your recommendation they would be even more special.

  20. Karen Rose

    First of all, congratulations on the book! Yours was the very first gardening blog I discovered back when I was a beginning gardener and so it holds a special place in my heart. Your style, both of gardening and writing speak to my own (obsessive, neurotic – caught my eye right away :). I’m looking forward to seeing your book – whether I win or not it’s on my must-have list of gardening books. Santa Rosa is one of the best online nurseries; I’ve bought many wonderful plants from them on the past. What an exciting bonus! Thanks for all the years of pleasure you’ve given your fellow gardeners.

  21. Erik Rogers

    I enjoy reading your blogs as it inspires me to look at my yard in a different way. I am not an artist as I have trouble with stick figures. Seeing pictures and reading your experience in the yard it makes me feel like I can be Michael Angelo. keep writing, I enjoy your candid style.

  22. Joanna

    Congratulations on your book! I hope it does really well for you! I am a fan of yours. The plants you have chosen are winners too! Thank you for the chance to win.

  23. Philip

    Wow! What a great gift! I would love to see your new book and of course the plants look great too! Thanks!

  24. Shivanthi Vannan

    I’m a Jersey Gardner and your blog has truly inspired me. I live in an area with no fences, lots of deer, large trees, poor soil and yet I persist! Would love to read your fabulous book!
    Best of luck to you.

  25. Shivanthi

    I’m a Jersey Gardner and your blog has truly inspired me. I live in an area with no fences, lots of deer, large trees, poor soil and yet I persist! Would love to read your fabulous book!
    Best of luck to you.

  26. Janet Jendrzejczyk

    Terrific book, which I’ve already purchased through Amazon. I love your blog with its incredible photos and extremely useful and practical advice. But most of all I love your (wiseguy) attitude.


  27. Laurie McClure

    I just found your blog when I was looking for info on pruning weigela. So much info and great pictures! I would love to win your book and plants. I am always looking for new interests to add to my gardens. Did you ever consider doing a vlog?

  28. Cat Raine

    Congratulations on your book! Can’t wait to read it. Love your blog and your photos and your stories! I’ve been following for almost two years.

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