Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Front Yard Gardens

Front Yard Gardens: growing more than grass by Liz Primeau

I initially read this book about a year ago and picked it up again at the library last month. I loved this book. Liz talks about the ethics of growing just grass in the front yard as apposed to a full fledged garden including an ‘impoverished ecosystem’ and ‘chemical invasion’.

Although the majority of the focus is on northern gardens this book truly has something for everyone. Highlighting gardens and gardeners from North America we catch glimpses of some breathtaking front yard gardens in all sorts of different styles. There are design ideas galore all to inspire us to develop our own front yard gardens to encourage living creatures and socialization with our neighbors. Think about it ya’ll. When you’re walking your dog by a house with an array of plants displaying a ginormas amount of textures and colors don’t you slow down, maybe even stop, drop your jaw and ooh and ah at the bounty? When was the last time you did that at a stretch of grass? The old argument that grass takes less time to deal with in our already action packed 26 hour days falls a bit flat for author Liz and for me too. Having a variety of plants rather than the standard lawn can sometimes be lower maintenance than grass. She makes some convincing arguments to rip out that grass and install a nature loving oasis to bring joy and contentment to all. This book is a keeper. -Flourish

P.S. I guess you guys have figured out that I’ve been on a, hum, vacation for the past month or so. Actually I caught the fever. Spring fever, that is. I wish you could see how lovely my yard is on a quiet morning before the world wakes up.


Blogger doubleknot said...

Gardening is good for the soul. There is something about growing a plant that defies words. I am glad you took the time to do what you enjoyed.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been landscaping my backyard, and it's been hard work, but so worth it. There's something really relaxing about gardening and making your space beautiful.

10:17 PM  

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