From Publishers Weekly
Advocates of native-plant gardening, the Wasowskis (Gardening with Native Plants in the South) call for a landscaping revolution that eliminates America's traditional broad expanses of labor-intensive lawns. The authors argue in economic terms, stating that turf and lawn maintenance "is a $27 billion a year industry--ten times more than we spend on school textbooks." Accepting that the greatest barrier to changing the traditional landscape arises from concern about neighbor disapproval and local zoning regulations, the authors provide guidance for making gradual landscaping changes. They offer suggestions of native plants for diverse micro-climates and specific regions of the U.S., demonstrating that gardening with nature can be less time-consuming than gardening against her, with results that are both aesthetic and interesting. Using groundcovers, native grasses and perennials adapted to a specific locale, the Wasowskis maintain, will also reduce the need for fertilizer and lower the risk of diseases and insect invasions. Photographs of landscapes, taken before and after renovation, and a comprehensive list of native plant societies add to the value of this book for gardeners who want to join the revolution but aren't certain how to begin. (Feb.)
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-For the legions of suburban teens who are environmentally conscious, hate doing yard work, and have never made a connection between the two attitudes, this book can provide many epiphanies and perhaps even some ways to reconcile their differences with their parents. From its witty cover, featuring a fist raised against an army of lawn maintenance workers, to its appendix, which lists native plant organizations in every state, theory and practice are successfully melded in this passionate and highly entertaining polemic against conventional landscaping practices and aesthetics. The author points out with satisfaction that "natural" styles and methods of gardening and landscaping are the fastest-growing segment of the field, and clearly explains the reasons why. Every page features dramatic graphics, colorful photos, and cartoons. A variety of sidebars feature subjects ranging from sharp criticism of Merit Badge projects as currently defined by the Boy Scouts to a series telling the stories of "Landscaping Revolutionaries" such as lawyers, gardeners, and architects who are fighting successfully to make landscape practices more environmentally sound and wildlife-friendly. Numerous projects are suggested that would be feasible for teens to undertake, and readers converted to the cause might well be inspired to put some of these ideas into practice. For the rebel, the activist, and the nature lover, this book is not just delightful and inspiring-it's a persuasive and effective call to action.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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