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The Landscaping Revolution: Garden with Mother Nature, Not Against Her (Contemporary Gardener) Hardcover – February 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Gardener
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809226650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809226658
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Weisgrau on July 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In an easy to read format with great illustrative photos, the authors do a fantastic job of convincing the reader to opt out of the suburban lawn fantasy and boldly go into the next century of gardening. They make a convincing case for a no hassle garden and lawn(if you must), but could have provided more resources for do-it-yourself gardeners-most of the gardens were designed by professionals. I'm planning my new garden now with the help of anybody I can talk to. I enjoyed the chapter on people who had been taken to court for their gardening efforts.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Ogren on December 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was kind of shocked to see that this title is now out of print. This is a real shame as this book deserves to be widely read. One reader here suggested that the book's cover may have put off too many possible readers--too radical. He might be right about that. But the author here is trying to kick off a sort of gentle green revolution and the cover certainly didn't offend me!
I liked Landscape Revolution, very much and I would like to see the book used as a text for landscape classes. I do some landscape design myself and have taught it and this book would be a good one for students. All too often only one side of the coin is taught in our universities when it comes to horticulture and especially to landscape. The conventional way of thinking, with its heavy reliance on pesticides and chemicals and cloned cultivars, this is always taught. But the flip side, the holistic, organic approach, as found here, this is too often excluded. Landscape Revolution is well written, makes plenty of sense, and is a pleasure to read too. I heard Andy talk once in Columbus, Ohio, and he was a big hit, very dynamic speaker. He writes the same way. I write myself (Safe Sex in the Garden, Ten Speed Press) and I appreciate a job well done. I am not positive this book is for everyone, but for someone who likes to garden, who appreciates a fine landscape, and for someone who isn't too hung up on better living through chemistry, I'd certainly recommend this excellent book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on March 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book has to have the most unappealing cover that I have ever seen. That thought aside, the authors do provide a sound case against what most Americans think of as "good landscaping". Get rid of the water guzzling lawn, bring on the native plants! It is a book with a good message and should be read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am afraid the very folks who would benefit from reading this book will be put off by the 'revolutionary' cover. Most people need to understand how their suburban yard managment impacts the envirnment around them - but they won't voluntarily pick up a book that suggests they have to be revolutionary in order to make a difference. The content is much less off-putting than the cover, so perhaps this would be a good christmas "nudge" to someone who realizes things could be different, and they will save time, money, effort (and the environment) if they recognize Scott's Lawn company's advertising is trying to sell them on an outdated concept of what the American yard should look like.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
YES! Just the info we need to help save our planet. At this time of drought and incredible growth all over the US, with water supplies dwindling at a rapid rate, lawsuits over who "owns" the water, increasing use of chemicals not safe for man or beast (or bugs), incredible human stress due in part to lack of time (especially for enjoyment), come Andy and Sally Wasowski with their wonderful ideas for making our lives more comfortable and enjoyable. What good is all that outdoor space if all we do is toil to keep it alive with no time to sit back and enjoy? And why have the added stresses of increased personal spending for maintenance, as well as increased taxes to help pay for maintenance of public areas landscaped in high-maintenance plants and turf? I, for one, had begun to decrease the size of my own yard and add more native and low-maintenance water-wise plantings, when I found Sally's excellent book, "Gardening with Prairie Plants". On to the "Landscaping Revolution"--wonderful photos, great explanations, and some lively humor to help us realize we all need to have a part in keeping our world beautiful, safe, and here for generations to come. It is not our right to "use it all up". Returning to this type of landscaping plan will only benefit us all in so many ways.
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