With the release of Evelyn Hadden’s new book from Timber Press, “beautiful no-mow yards”, a bunch of bloggers and fellow Lawn Reform Coalition folks decided (with Evelyn’s gentle encouragement) to talk about our love/hate relationships with lawns. Valentine love letters.
Since yours truly has 60 photos in the book I have a few things to say, or rather show you, what I love about no-mow yards. The book is not simply about lawn substitutes but all the ways we can re-think our yards and the space too many folks leave for lawn. How about patios ? Veggie gardens ? Ponds ?
And how about meadows ? Oh boy, can I write love letters to meadow lawns ! I can’t exactly say I wrote the book on meadow gardens, but with nurseryman/designer John Greenlee along as the writer, we co-authored “The American Meadow Garden” in 2009. autographed
Rather than a negative diatribe of why lawns can be so inappropriate and useless in so many yards, I think I will simply show a bunch of photos, each a love letter itself .
I must begin with THE classic no-mow lawn where the term was invented for all I know: at Neil Diboll’s home. Neil owns Prairie Nursery in Wisconsin and has been selling no-mow seed mixes since 1995. Beyond Neil’s yard is his field of Andropogon for seed:
A tiny meadow in Matt Moynihan’s St. Louis front yard:
Front yard entry garden in Pasadena:
Suburban backyard meadow near Chicago:
Albuquerque garden design by Judith Philips where Meadow Gardens cover was shot:
Long Beach Carex (sedge) lawn substitute design by John Greenlee:
Front yard curbside meadow Calabasas, California:
Carex meadow under trees Los Gatos, California:
Those were just a few favorites. I love ’em all.
More on a gallery of Lawn Alternatives on my PhotoBotanic Archive which will begin with this game of leapfrog in a meadow lawn:
We all know kids need lawns for play…