Gardening Gone Wild’s Redesign Plus a Giveaway

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Welcome to GARDENING GONE WILD’S redesign!

This time around, we’ve gone for an elegant and simple look. We’ve made sure that the site is more user friendly which means it’ll be easier for you to navigate.

A huge thank you goes to Steve Asbell who created the magnificent illustration of the passiflora on the header. Steve will be writing a Guest Post for GGW about the process he went through from the first time we spoke to what you’re seeing on the header today.

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Some exciting news! In honor of our celebration, Longfield Gardens is giving away $100. gift certificates to 5 lucky winners.

Here are the details:      

5 winners this fall – $100 gift certificate to buy any fall bulbs of your choice – with free shipping- from Longfield Gardens.

Winners will receive a code # to use in placing their order.

Orders need to be placed in September or early October.

The giveaway is limited to US residents.

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In order to be eligible, all you need to do is sign up for our Free Updates in the form below. Over the next few days, I’ll randomly pick the winners. It’s that simple.

So fill out the sign up form and you may be one of the lucky 5 winners.

And thanks for reading and being a part of the GGW community these past 4 years

**Please help us get the word out about Gardening Gone Wild’s new design through social media…especially Twitter and FB. Thanks!

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

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Katina September 17, 2012, 9:41 pm

Fran – I love the new website design!

Fran September 18, 2012, 12:55 am

Katina- You’re making my heart sing this morning. After spending so much time on it, it’s never easy to be objective. So your kind words mean a lot to me.
You did sign up for free updates so you can participate in the giveaway, yes?

Susan September 18, 2012, 5:40 am

Steve’s header is beautiful!

Cathy September 18, 2012, 6:31 am


The new design is gorgeous! I’ve only had a few minutes this AM to take a brief tour but the look is sleek, clean, inviting, and well-organized. I absolutely love the new header and the links on one side are streamlined and user-friendly. Best of all, all of the outdated links are gone (although I trust the material is still available in archives).

This has made my morning and I can hardly wait to immerse myself in it a little more thoroughly. I’m also excited to finally be able to read the “Potager Garden” post that had a failed link the other day.

Fabulous job, Everyone! I’ve loved GGW since I first discovered you nearly 2 years ago. Now you’ve made it easier and a lot more fun!

Cathy W.

Donna September 18, 2012, 6:40 am

I too like your new design, it is clean, fresh and elegant. The header art is beautiful. Yes, Fran, I subscribed. I don’t know why I never did before since I am a constant visitor and love your blog.

Pat September 18, 2012, 6:54 am

All I can say is “Wow.” The redesign is beautiful.

Pam/Digging September 18, 2012, 7:26 am

What a lovely redesign! I thought that might be Steve’s illustration as soon as I saw it. He did a beautiful job. Congrats! I’ve been working on a redesign of Digging for MONTHS and hope one day that it will be done. These things take some time, don’t they?

Steve Asbell September 18, 2012, 10:19 am

I’m so happy to finally see the illustration in its element! I had a lot of fun collaborating with you, Fran!

Fran Sorin September 18, 2012, 11:40 am

Thanks Pat!

Shirley September 18, 2012, 12:00 pm

Simply beautiful! The new design is appealing and easy to navigate.

I signed up for the updates, can’t wait to read about the process.

Fran Sorin September 18, 2012, 12:46 pm

Shirley- Thanks for your kind words.
Steve Asbell is going to share how he navigated his way to end up creating that beautiful illustration.
It took much longer and was more work than I expected (doesn’t everything?) Fran

Fran Sorin September 18, 2012, 12:48 pm

Steve…You are a true artist. It was wonderful working with you. Thanks for everything. Fran

Fran Sorin September 18, 2012, 12:53 pm

Pam….Yes. The design and building of these sites takes more time than I ever imagined. It’s not a straightforward process at all…a lot of patience, learning to live with indecision, logic, and creativity are involved. I started thinking about the site at least 6 months ago and have been working on it for the past 3-4 months. Fran

Fran Sorin September 18, 2012, 12:55 pm

Susan….I love it. Steve did a great job of listening and creating an illustration that represents what we’re about at GGW.

Fran Sorin September 18, 2012, 12:59 pm


I’m so glad that you like it. Your kind words and support warm my heart.
Yes…finally you will be able to read Noel’s post. For whatever reasons, it just didn’t get published that day. We rectified the situation – thanks to your heads up. Am hoping with the new site we’ll have fewer problems. Fran

ricki September 18, 2012, 2:08 pm

I’ve been putting off a redesign for all of the reasons you have mentioned. Your results are stunning, and give me heart to take the plunge.
I’ve been getting your email updates for some time now, but I’ll sign up again just to make sure I’m included in the exciting giveaway.

Candy Suter September 18, 2012, 3:52 pm

Beautiful new design! I simplified mine also a while back. Steve is a wonderful artist and I am behind in visiting his blog! Love it!

Les September 18, 2012, 4:23 pm

Your new site looks good, and the Passiflora is appropriate for a header with anything titled “wild”. That plant nearly ate my whole garden.

Lynn September 18, 2012, 5:28 pm

I LOVE the new design! I’ts very welcoming and easy to navigate! I love it!!! The header is really nice as well!

Fran Sorin September 19, 2012, 12:10 am

Lynn- Whoopee! It’s always good to get feedback…especially positive. Am so glad that you love it. Fran

Fran Sorin September 19, 2012, 12:13 am

Les – After trying several native plants for the header, Steve came up with this one – which I loved immediately. Well, as long as i get your stamp of approval that it fits the bill for ‘wild’, then we’re OK (although yours sounds rampant!) Fran

Fran Sorin September 19, 2012, 12:15 am

candy- I just went on to see your design. Wow- it’s electric and simple – a great combo. Kudos to you for making that happen. Steve is a wonderful artist. Fran

Fran Sorin September 19, 2012, 12:21 am

Unless you hire a web designer who takes over the entire project from soup to nuts after they spend time discussing what your vision, style, etc. is, creating it- even with a web builder as good as Sarah Silbert (see bottom lower left hand page for her link) takes a long time-at least for me. It is a creative process which is always filled with experimenting, taking risks, etc. I had recently created the design for another blog of mine, so I knew what it entailed.

Do take the plunge and go ahead with the redesign of your blog. Am glad you signed up for the Newsletter. Our RSS feed was hacked so a lot of people were kicked off of it. Good luck with winning the bulb giveaway. 🙂 Fran

allan becker September 19, 2012, 6:35 pm

Kudos to Steve Asbell for enhancing the new, beautiful design of your site.

Fran Sorin September 20, 2012, 1:33 am

Thanks Allan- he’s not only talented but is a terrific person as well…and a lot of fun to work with! Hope you’re getting ready for a beautiful fall up North! Fran

Fran Sorin September 20, 2012, 1:39 am

Donna- I was quite sure that I had written a response to your comment but I don’t see it here. Anyway, am glad that you like the design. To be honest, I’m pretty please with it. and yes, Steve Asbell did a great job with the illustration. Talent is talent…and that he has! Good idea to sign up for the Newsletter….it will allow you to participate in all givewaways, promotions, etc. Fran

Steve October 1, 2012, 2:51 pm

So, who won this contest???

Steve- Good question. The winners have been picked. Am just waiting for confirmation from the suppliers that contact has been made with them. Then will announce!! thanks for asking. Fran

P.S. There are plenty more giveaways coming up so keep a look out!

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