Meadows by Design: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn

Meadows by Design: Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn


By (author) John Greenlee, Photographs by Saxon Holt

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  • Publisher: Timber Press
  • Format: Hardback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 255mm x 255mm x 24mm | 1,438g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Portland, OR
  • ISBN 10: 0881929263
  • ISBN 13: 9780881929263
  • Illustrations note: 281 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 594,365

Product description

We've reached a stage where we can no longer follow past practices unthinkingly, particularly when those practices are wasteful and harmful to the environment. It's time to get rid of the old-fashioned lawn and embrace a sane and healthy future: the meadow garden. A meadow is a shimmering mini-ecosystem, in which grasses combine with colourful perennials to form a rich tapestry that is friendly to all life--with minimal input of water, time and other scarce resources. Children and pets can play in complete safety, and birds and butterflies flock there. John Greenlee details all the practicalities of site preparation, plant selection, maintenance and plant performance. Gorgeous photography by Saxon Holt illustrates the message with stunning examples of meadow gardens.

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Author information

John Greenlee has been creating grass ecologies in gardens of all sizes since 1984 and is owner of Greenlee Nursery, the oldest grass nursery in California. He has appeared frequently on television and is author of The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses (Rodale Press, 1992). Saxon Holt is a lifelong gardener whose photography focuses on the relationship between gardens and the land. His work has been featured in various publications. With the help of fellow photographer Joseph Greco, he maintains a library of more than 200,000 garden photographs.