Front yard gardens: growing more than grass

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Firefly Books, Apr 1, 2003 - Gardening - 232 pages
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Although upkeep is labor intensive and often requires an arsenal of dangerous chemicals to keep it free of weeds and pests, the appeal of a manicured lawn is almost irresistible. But more people are discovering a very attractive alternative.

Packed with practical tips and beautiful photographs, Front Yard Gardens:

  • Explores the history of the lawn and our attachment to it
  • Contains examples of front yard gardens from more than seventy gardens across North America
  • Provides step-by-step instructions to start and grow your own front yard garden

Liz Primeau transformed her lawn in a quiet suburb to a mixed garden with a profusion of flowering plants, shrubs, and cacti. She now enjoys an eye-catching front garden that requires no chemicals and less watering than her lawn.

This book includes overall planning and design, and outlines the steps for removing the grass, enriching the soil, and planting. The book is divided into several types of front yard gardens, including cottage, minimalist, secret, neighborhood, downtown, and natural. She discusses the key elements of each style, gives tips on how to create and maintain the garden, and provides a list of complementary plants.

With more than two hundred beautiful photographs taken expressly for this book by Andrew Leyerle, Front Yard Gardens is a sensual treasure-trove of ideas.

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This is the most inspiring gardening book that I own. I go back to it time and time again, because the photographs and stories from the gardeners themselves, inspire me for my garden. I purchased multiple copies as gifts for friends who are new homeowners, or just want to reinvent their outdoor living space in an amazing and creative way. While I haven't copied other peoples' plans outright--I have plagiarized a few of their ideas in my own outdoor space.
Truly, my favourite gardening book. I wish that she would do a follow-up!
 

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User Review  - Pam Penick - Goodreads

With more than two hundred color photographs, this book is packed with ideas on how to transform your lawn into a garden. Mostly Canadian gardens, but also a couple in Texas and others in the US, are showcased. Read full review

Contents

Why We Mow
9
Lawn at What Cost?
19
Evolution of a Garden
29
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Liz Primeau was a gardening magazine journalist for 30 years and now gives regular lectures on gardens and garden design, including a special presentation on front yard gardens. She has led many gardening seminars and is a featured speaker at gardening events. Liz Primeau is the founding editor of Canadian Gardening magazine and host of her own television program.

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