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

By: John Greenlee and Saxon Holt

278 pages, 281 colour photographs

Timber Press

Hardback | Dec 2009 | #181347 | ISBN-13: 9780881929263
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NHBS Price: £19.99 $25/€24 approx

About this book

For Greenlee, a meadow isn't a random assortment of messy, anonymous grasses. Rather, it is a shimmering mini-ecosystem, in which regionally appropriate grasses combine with colorful perennials to form a rich tapestry that is friendly to all life - with minimal input of water, time, and other scarce resources. Kids and pets can play in complete safety, and birds and butterflies flock there.

With decades of experience as a nurseryman and designer, John Greenlee is the perfect guide. He details all the practicalities of site preparation, plant selection, and maintenance; particularly valuable are his explanations of how ornamental grasses perform in different climates and areas. Gorgeous photography by Saxon Holt visually illustrates the message with stunning examples of meadow gardens from across the USA.


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Biography

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.

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