From Publishers Weekly
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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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