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Back-lit Grasses

Now that September has arrived I start looking at the grasses.  Or rather, they grab me.

Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus

Grasses grab the light and reveal the sun.   They dance in the wind; they rustle and whisper.  By  this time of the year their flowers have become seed heads beckoning the birds.  With such dynamic inspiration on so many levels, grasses should grab any photographer to grab the camera and go out to grab some fun. Continue Reading →

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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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