Walnut Hill Book Giveaway

walnut hill bookAnyone who’s created a garden over decades and come to love every inch of it understands the origins of this book, the story of a garden. It’s also the story of a family and their collaboration with world-renowned plantsman Kurt Bluemel in transforming two acres near Baltimore into a horticultural masterpiece.

Passionate gardeners A.C. and Penney Hubbard have seen their garden praised and featured in the media and on national and regional garden tours.


And now they’ve collaborated with garden writer Kathy Hudson and award-winning photographer Roger Foley to create  On Walnut Hill, a gorgeous book about the garden.

Plus, GardenRant’s own Allen Bush wrote the foreward and it’s as lovely as the garden itself (and available online). Allen wrote this tribute to Kurt Bluemel soon after his death in 2014.


Just leave a comment here before end of business Friday November 13 and a winner will be chosen at random.

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Posted by on November 3, 2015 at 8:13 am, in the category Books.
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71 responses to “Walnut Hill Book Giveaway”

  1. MaureenLalley says:

    Photography exhibit and lecture by Roger Foley at Cylburn Arboretum was very informative!
    Beautiful book!

  2. Pat says:

    Love to have this good to keep me company over my winter here in zone 6a Ohio.

  3. Val says:

    Looks like a great winter’s read.

  4. Knowing Kathy and the great writing she has done in the past, makes me even more anxious to own this book! I can’t wait to get some great ideas for my garden next spring!!! This will give me the motivation I need! Thank you Kathy! Thank you, Christine

  5. Daisy F says:

    How lovely!

  6. J says:

    Nice looking cover

  7. Les says:

    If I win this book, I promise to take good care of it.

  8. Janet Estridge says:

    Oh, how I wish, I had a green thumb!

  9. eileen plese says:

    I need all the help I can get. Hope I win.

  10. Beth says:

    Looks like a fascinating book — I’ll check it out.

  11. Karl Miller says:

    Pick Me, Pick Me for the book

  12. Catharine says:

    What a delightful chance to share their love of place through their garden! I’m recommending this to my botany book club at the Botanical Garden here, and suggesting the librarian add this to the collection. Thanks for the chance to obtain a copy first!

  13. Kristie Oblak says:

    Would love a copy, thank you Kristie

  14. Liz says:

    When I lived in Baltimore I saw this garden in an article and it looks beautiful. I imagine the book will be lovely too!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Love the idea of a garden built over time. A good reminder for an instant gratification world.

  16. Laura says:

    Looks like great winter reading.

  17. Chris Bosacki says:

    I love to understand the thought processes behind gardens. What pictures did the gardener have in her head? How did she layer plants ? Did she have a big picture? or work on one piece at a time?

  18. Suzy says:

    What a lovely garden! I’m looking forward to reading the book!

  19. Paula Hettman says:

    This looks like a wonderful book to curl up with during the winter months.

  20. Vicki says:

    Looks lovely. Count me into the contest.

  21. Carol Hodges says:

    I sure would love to win this book. I enjoyed reading this post.

  22. gayle says:

    Would love to have this book!!

    Thank you!!

  23. Sue Land says:

    needed for winter reading during the dark season and gardening inspiration! Thanks!

  24. Terressa Ferguson Zook says:

    Oh, thank you so much for the chance to win such a lovely book. Gardens, and books are two of my favorite things.

  25. Anita Taylor says:

    Looks like a great book for a garden landscaping education.

  26. This book sounds delightful. I’ve been working on my garden for only 3 years, so I can only imagine the love the couple put into theirs over 40 years. A great testament to their love of gardening and each other.

    Mary Jane St. Amand

  27. Pat Webster says:

    Put my name in the hat! I’d love to win this book, and to visit the garden.

  28. Jean says:

    I’d love to read this book as I garden dream my way through winter.

  29. 201BostonGrandma says:

    I too have nurtured a garden for nearly 40 years and it has grown up and rewarded me with peace and pleasure each time I stroll through it.

  30. Catherine Mahan says:

    Such a terrific book, far beyond “just pretty pictures” (although there are plenty of great ones”) but very thoughtfully written and full of beautiful moments. A real Baltimore treasure!

  31. What a great transformation. This looks like the kind of book that I could read over and over or at least refer to often.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Margaret Woodrum

  32. Jean says:

    The video is an enticing prelude to the book. The garden is gorgeous.

  33. Lita Sollisch says:

    Can’t wait until I can snuggle up in my favorite reading chair this winter and dream of the Spring gardening season.

  34. Chris N says:

    A great book and a drawing on Friday the 13! Who could ask for more?

  35. Mary H says:

    I would love this book to enjoy this winter.

  36. Lynn says:

    Please do include me in the raffle for this beautiful book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention…just the thing to brighten a winter’s day!

  37. Mary Vollmer says:

    So excited about this book written by a former classmate at RPCS.

  38. Judith says:

    I can glean inspiration, if not particular ideas, from gardens very different from my own in rural western Maryland, and even from gardens run on a very different budget—as Walnut Hill certainly is. I would enjoy the book.

  39. Bernard Leeds says:

    Inspiring, perfect winter read.

  40. Donna Forsse says:

    I love to read about passionate gardeners and the beauty they create. A garden brings love, peace, happiness….and frustration! But oh how wonderful when we see a success. Every time I am in a garden I learn something new or see a great surprise.

  41. I love a book like this that documents the creation of a garden and the lessons learned by the people during that process. Allen Bush, your foreword is beautifully written. (Alas, I’m exempt from the drawing, but will definitely be ordering a copy for myself!)

  42. Henry West says:

    Hmm. Hackberry trees are desirable?

  43. I’d love to add it to my library, and read it on a cold winter’s day.

  44. Heather W. says:


    This book. Oh, this book. I’ve waited so long for this authentic documentation of the love affair that the Hubbards have had with this land and their designer, Kurt Bluemel, that they counted on to fully develop the physical expression of their emotional bond with it. How perfect to have an equally passionate plantsman to write the foreword. This has to be the longest developing collaboration of artists in the modern history of horticulture.

    Thank you for bringing attention to this body of work. We all win now that it’s in print.

  45. Ruth Rogers Clausen says:

    It is important to document the makings and evolution of some of these wonderful gardens that have stood the test of time. WE have become overly used to “instant gardens” with the current methods of cultivation and popular plants of the day. This will be a timely reminder to those embarking on creating a garden.

  46. This is a beautiful book about a unique place. I am not a gardener and still read it all cover to cover. I imagine I will do so again. I don’t need to win it as I already have a copy and plan to give them as gifts as well. But I’ll take another copy any time!

  47. Sheila says:

    Because funds are limited and I can’t install an “instant garden” around my own home, I’m always inspired by people who create their gardens over time. Would love to read about how the Hubbards built their garden—and would love to visit someday!

  48. Laura says:

    This looks like a beautiful book. I’m hoping to find inspiration for my own garden.

  49. Anastasia Del Mar says:

    I can’t wait to enjoy this book!

  50. Holly says:

    Oh, this looks wonderful! I’m an apartment dweller without a garden for now, but I love checking out other people’s gardens :)

  51. Mary Gray says:

    I want to find out if they have a bunch of black walnut trees like I do.

  52. Bluemel + Bush + Walnut Hill: I’m in!

  53. Lisa Bartlett says:

    pick me pick me pick meeeeeeeeeee

  54. Erika says:

    What a beautiful book. It is exciting what persevering and inspired gardeners can do with 2 acres. Thanks you!

  55. Kate says:

    I’d love to win such a beautiful book!

  56. anonymouse says:

    This book looks like perfect winter reading material.

  57. Betty Grindrof says:

    I am two years in creating my garden. Would love to win this beautiful book.

  58. Josh says:

    Just what I need for inspiration!

  59. Andy says:

    This book looks great and would be a great addition to my collection.

  60. tanya says:

    Love the blog!

  61. Emily Schneider says:

    Sign me up! Looks like a great book.

  62. linda wilson says:

    Oh I hope I win this looks like a wonderful book!

  63. Cynthia Fraser says:

    Kathy Hudson is a wonderful writer and a great person, I would love to win this book!

  64. Laura Munoz says:

    This looks like a lovely book. Perhaps it contains ideas I could use to create my new garden.

  65. Debbie Durland says:

    The book and the garden look inspiring.