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Garden Designers Roundtable: Lawn Reform Fun

 

Once again the bloggers at Garden Designers Roundtable bring you a series of networked bogs around a common theme and have asked members of the Lawn Reform Coalition to join forces.  As a member of LRC, I chose to blog on my home turf, here at Gardening Gone Wild.  Many more posts will be found linked at the bottom.

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Retired Lawn

“Retired Lawn” brings a smile every time I drive by.  The front yard of a modest home on a busy street near my house, it is an art installation  worthy of space at Cornerstone Gardens.  Conceptual landscape architects might be more subtle but can do no better at expressing why lawns are not worth the effort:  too much work for too little pleasure.

I seriously  doubt that “Retired Lawn” is intending to make any statement about lawn reform but we can be sure that taking care of that lawn was boring work.  We in the Lawn Reform Coaltion can preach that lawns, as promoted by the lawn and turf industry are water guzzling, chemical dependent, excuses to beat down nature, that  lawns are monocultures that nature sees as sterile wastelands, and that lawn mowers pollute the atmosphere.

But “Retired Lawn” doesn’t care about all this, and besides, RL used a push mower.  Bottom line:  having a lawn was a boring chore. Continue Reading →

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Lawn Reform

I have recently been asked to join the Lawn Reform Coalition, a group of garden designers and environmental advovates who are promoting new ways to think about the American fetish for lawns.  Since my own particular advocacy is for sustainability, and most recently, meadow gardening specifically, I thus welcome the opportunity to be a part of this group.

A mini prairie meadow as a front yard garden

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Wending and Wind

Most gardens of any size are designed with wending in mind.  Don’t you just love that Old English word “wending”  ?  So casual, carefree, and contemplative by inference.  Even formal entries can invite wending.

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GBDW Front Yards Revisited Wrap-Up

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I was a little hesitant to repeat a GBDW topic, thinking that you all might be bored with the subject of front-yard gardens. Well, how glad I am that I was wrong! Our contributors this month have outdone themselves in generously sharing ideas and inspiration with other folks looking to turn their own barren yards into welcoming spaces filled with flowers and foliage - and wildlife as well. Wow, those before-and-now shots are amazing! Continue Reading →

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Garden Bloggers Design Workshop – Front Yards Revisited

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There are so many design-related topics to choose from, I hadn’t planned on repeating any for a good long time. But we consistently get so many visitors seeking ideas for their front yard or front garden, it seemed worthwhile to revisit the subject. Our last front-yard workshop was over a year ago, after all, and we have many new readers and participants now. So, let’s see if we can help out all those folks who need some inspiring ideas to make the most of that often challenging site. Continue Reading →

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