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The hellstrip — the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip — is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources.
Hellstrip Gardening by Evelyn Hadden, the author of the acclaimed Beautiful No-Mow Yards, is the first book to show you exactly how to reclaim this oft-ignored space. This comprehensive guide covers how to determine the city and Home Owner's Association rules governing the area, how to choose plants that thrive in tough situations, how to design pathways for accessibility, and much more. Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens across the country offer inspiration and visual guidance to anyone ready to tackle this final frontier.
With Hellstrip Gardening in hand, you can finally create the paradise you want in the most unexpected of places!
"Hadden (Beautiful No-Mow Yards) has written an excellent book for an often forgotten horticultural contingent: urban dwellers with only wee strips of dirt to work with, often between curbs and sidewalks. She offers step-by-step strategies for taking abandoned square footage of unhealthy earth and transforming it into a micro-swath of growth and bloom, and highlights unique stressors associated with this kind of gardening, including limited, often depleted soil and lack of irrigation. Such landscapes require forethought: what plants are drought tolerant? what type of root system can survive? The author also includes a helpful chapter about working with local governments, since many curbside spots are public property or easements. The greatest benefit of undertaking 'hellstrip gardening,' the author notes, is that 'as more gardens grow, the ideas and extra plants they generate fuel new gardens and ignite new gardeners.' This is a lively, optimistic guide to transforming dead space into a small splash of Eden, a win-win for everybody. 300 color photos." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The hellstrip--also known as a boulevard, meridian, and planting strip--is finally getting the attention it deserves Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve more resources. Hellstrip Gardening is the first book to show you exactly how to reclaim these oft-ignored spaces by determining the city and home owner's association rules, choosing plants that thrive in tough situations, designing pathways for accessibility, and much more. Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens across the country offer inspiration and visual guidance to anyone ready to tackle this final frontier.
About the Author
Evelyn Hadden writes and speaks about low-maintenance, nature-friendly, soul-satisfying landscapes. She founded the informational website LessLawn.com in 2001.
She is the author of Apprentice to a Garden, a garden memoir that chronicles the joys, challenges, and life lessons of transforming her urban yard into a naturalistic landscape. She also authored Shrink Your Lawn: Design ideas for any landscape, a photo-rich book that presents many ideas and illustrations from her talks and won a silver medal from Independent Publisher's 2009 Living Now Book Awards.
Evelyn is a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition, a resource for ecologically sound lawns and lawn alternatives. She gardens in Minnesota and travels across the country visiting gardens and speaking to other gardeners about eco-friendly landscaping with less lawn.
You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, LessLawn.com.