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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; First Edition edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439217653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439217658
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,833,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Evelyn Hadden writes and speaks about nature-friendly, soul-satisfying landscapes.  Her newest book, Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives (Timber Press, Feb 2012) offers the ultimate guide to shrinking your lawn, with inspiring photos showcasing lawnless gardens in a variety of sizes and styles.  Her garden memoir Apprentice to a Garden chronicles the joys, challenges, and life lessons of transforming her urban yard into a naturalistic landscape. The photo-rich Shrink Your Lawn: Design ideas for any landscape presents many ideas and illustrations from her talks and won a silver medal from Independent Publisher's 2009 Living Now Book Awards. 

Evelyn founded the informational website LessLawn in 2001 and 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 groups of gardeners about eco-friendly landscaping with less lawn.

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Award-winning author EVELYN J. HADDEN writes and speaks about nature-friendly, soul-satisfying landscapes. An avid pedestrian, she applauds the generosity behind front yard gardens and the growing push to convert unused and unloved lawns to more rewarding landscapes. Her new book HELLSTRIP GARDENING: CREATE A PARADISE BETWEEN THE CURB AND THE SIDEWALK showcases gardens that contribute life and beauty to their communities.

Evelyn's book BEAUTIFUL NO-MOW YARDS: 50 AMAZING LAWN ALTERNATIVES presents dozens of inspiring alternatives to turfgrass in a wide variety of styles from coast to coast, along with advice on how to make and maintain an eco-friendly landscape--including smarter lawns--and thumbnail sketches of 100 choice ground-layer plants (Timber Press, 2012).

Her first book APPRENTICE TO A GARDEN: A NEW URBAN GARDENER GOES WILD is now available in an updated and illustrated digital edition with whimsical drawings by artist Shari Zimmermann. Part essay and part memoir, this collection of stories chronicles four years of Evelyn's adventures and aha moments transforming a lifeless urban lawn into a lively no-mow paradise (LessLawn Press, 2012). It won gold medals in the 2012 eLit Book Awards and the 2013 Global eBook Awards.

Evelyn founded the informational website LessLawn, which offers advice, articles, and resources for gardeners interested in converting their lawns to more rewarding landscapes. She is a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the word about environmentally friendly lawn care and lawn alternatives. In 2013 she became a partner at the lauded and provocative team blog GardenRant, where she writes twice monthly about a variety of topics including her own garden adventures.

Find LessLawn on Facebook, or visit http://www.evelynhadden.com for Evelyn's speaking topics, calendar, and contact information.

Author photo by Mitch Kezar of Kezar Photo.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Color photographs on virtually every page illustrate Shrink Your Lawn: Design Ideas For Any Landscape, a resource packed cover to cover with ideas for gardens that beautify and replace sections of one's lawn. From rain gardens to boulevard gardens, stroll gardens, herb gardens, and more, Shrink Your Lawn is filled cover to cover with tips, tricks, ideas, and instructions to beautify one's property. A wonderful book for property owners to browse for ideas. "Mowing the narrow strip of lawn adjacent to the alley or driveway is often work without reward. It is one of the best places to turn a negative into a positive and start shrinking your lawn... If you don't want to exchange the trouble of mowing for other chores like watering, use plants that need little care."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LA on March 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
I found the pictures very helpful and the book to be full of ideas.
They say, "a picture paints a thousand words". I did find plant names
and suggestions on many pages, from pg. 22, 34, 36, 64, 68 and 69. I also read her first book titled, "Apprentice to a Garden",
in which she lists an "Index", with an amazing amount of plant names
and references. I was happy to see her 2nd book, full of photos.
I highly recommend her first book, too.
Thank you.
LA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DB on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Readers of Shrink Your Lawn: Design Ideas for any Landscape will appreciate the author's earlier work, Apprentice to a Garden. It is hard to imagine such a versatile writer. The author's earlier work delved deeply into types of plants, with Latin genus and species names, and methods of deciding where to plant different characteristics of plants, with the aim of reducing the size of a lawn or wasted space. Her current book uses a completely different style that relies more on an incredible collection of pictures from various parts of the country to illustrate her suggestions. Accordingly, the reader must examine the pictures in detail to ascertain the sometimes subtle ideas being displayed. The two books complement each other beautifully.
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