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The American Meadow Garden: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn

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If you enjoy weeding, mowing, and triple-digit water bills, then the traditional lawn is for you. But for those of us who've grown tired of that high-maintenance expanse of green carpet, The American Meadow Garden offers some breathtaking alternatives. With information on site preparation, plant selection, and maintenance, this book will have you well on your way to creating a lush, dynamic mini-ecosystem right outside your door.
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Publisher Comments:

If there's one lesson every homeowner must learn, it's this: The traditional lawn is a huge, time consuming, synthetic-chemical sucking mistake. The time has come to look for new ways to create friendly, livable spaces around our homes.

In The American Meadow Garden, ornamental grass expert John Greenlee creates a new model for homeowners and gardeners. For Greenlee, a meadow isn't a random assortment of messy, anonymous grasses. Rather, it is a shimmering mini-ecosystem, in which regionally appropriate grasses combine with colorful perennials to form a rich tapestry that is friendly to all life — with minimal input of water, time, and other scarce resources. Kids and pets can play in complete safety, and birds and butterflies flock there. A prairie style planting is a place you want to be.

With decades of experience as a nurseryman and designer, John Greenlee is the perfect guide. He

details all the practicalities of site preparation, plant selection, and maintenance; particularly valuable

are his explanations of how ornamental grasses perform in different climates and areas. Gorgeous

photography by Saxon Holt visually illustrates the message with stunning examples of meadow

gardens from across the country.

We've reached a stage where we can no longer follow past practices unthinkingly, particularly when

those practices are wasteful and harmful to the environment. It's time to get rid of the old-fashioned

lawn and embrace a sane and healthy future: the American meadow garden.

Synopsis:

Ornamental grass expert Greenlee says it's time to get rid of the old-fashioned lawn and embrace a sane and healthy future: the American meadow garden. Gorgeous photography offers stunning examples of meadow gardens from across the country.

About the Author

John Greenlee has been creating grass ecologies in gardens of all sizes all over the United States and Canada since 1984. He owns Greenlee Nursery, the oldest grass nursery in California. He has appeared frequently on television and was named horticulturist of the year in 2002 by the Southern California Association of Horticulturists. His previous book is The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses (Rodale 1992). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in ornamental horticulture from Cal Poly, Pomona, California.

Saxon Holt has combined his career as a photographer with a lifelong love of gardening. His work has appeared in dozens of books and gardening magazines. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the American Society of Picture Professionals, and the Garden Writers of America Association, from which he has received three awards for his photography.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780881928716
Author:
Greenlee, John
Publisher:
Timber Press (OR)
Photographer:
Holt, Saxon
Author:
Holt, Saxon
Subject:
Garden Design
Subject:
Lawns
Subject:
Natural landscaping -- United States.
Subject:
Grasses -- United States.
Subject:
Flowers - General
Subject:
Landscape
Subject:
Gardening-Lawns
Subject:
Gardening-Landscape and Design
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
265.176 x 265.176 x 25.4 mm

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If you enjoy weeding, mowing, and triple-digit water bills, then the traditional lawn is for you. But for those of us who've grown tired of that high-maintenance expanse of green carpet, The American Meadow Garden offers some breathtaking alternatives. With information on site preparation, plant selection, and maintenance, this book will have you well on your way to creating a lush, dynamic mini-ecosystem right outside your door.

"Synopsis" by , Ornamental grass expert Greenlee says it's time to get rid of the old-fashioned lawn and embrace a sane and healthy future: the American meadow garden. Gorgeous photography offers stunning examples of meadow gardens from across the country.
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