Synopses & Reviews
Do you dream of outdoor living spaces that really work?
Award-winning landscape architect Billy Goodnick is here to help you plan the perfect outdoor environment, unique to your family's lifestyle. Yards is brimming with design secrets and money-saving tips, with an emphasis on low maintenance, enjoyability, and just plain beauty.
"Billy Goodnick delivers the most laid-back, user-friendly and entertaining garden advice you'll ever read. Invite him into your backyard - now!"
-Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Plants
Imagine you had a really hip and cool neighbor who played in a rock band, designed gardens, and dropped by every now and then to drink a beer and give you a little advice about your yard. Now imagine he wrote a book. This is that book!
--Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Plants and The Drunken Botanist
Billy Goodnick: Landscape architect, master educator, brilliant humorist. Earmark some space in your bookcase for this writer - you'll want all his future books! -Shirley Bovshow, TV producer and host
There really is no one else like Billy, who combines solid horticultural and design knowledge with wit, humor and a natural ability to write well. -Debra Lee Baldwin, garden photojournalist and author of Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens
There are times when Billy Goodnick's design advice makes me laugh out lout - how often can you say that about a gardening book? Smart and sassy, Billy is entirely successful as an educator who also entertains... guaranteed to change the way you think about your own backyard. -Debra Prinzing, author of Slow Flowers and co-creator of The 50 Mile Bouquet
It's about time Billy put his considerable expertise and irreverent voice into a book everyone can benefit from. Funny, blunt and insightful - his is a rare and refreshing voice in the world of garden writing. - Steve Aitken, editor, Fine Gardening Magazine
Billy is the expert you want in your corner if you've got a yard that needs help. His unique talent is designing sustainable, low-maintenance gardens that are beautiful as well as highly livable... and showing how anyone can do it too. -Joe Lamp'l, host and executive producer of "Growing a Greener World"
Nobody wants to spend time in a tired, underperforming yard. But how to achieve a low-cost, low-maintenance yard that's environmentally savvy as well as beautiful - a place that works for every need? How do the pros do it? Award-winning landscape architect and garden coach Billy Goodnick says, “Whether you're starting with bare ground or you're renovating an existing yard, you gotta have a plan.” With step-by-step, clear examples, he demystifies the planning process: from site analysis to lifestyle considerations to plant selection. It's all about training the eye to see the big picture first, so all the other pieces fall into place, leading to the outdoor environment of one's dreams. Full color photos throughout.
About the Author
is a landscape architect and design coach. He has won national and local design awards, is co-host of the local television show "Garden Wise Guys" and writes sustainable landscaping feature articles for 805 Living
magazine, and online for Fine Gardening
magazine. A witty, sought-after lecturer, Billy has created some of the most beautiful, environmentally responsible gardens in Southern California - large and small - and has taught his successful techniques to thousands of people.