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Shrink Your Lawn: Design ideas for any landscape Paperback – December 9, 2008

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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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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: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.5 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: #1,963,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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