December 17, 2009 From an anti-lawn manifesto, to "sophisticated plant porn at its finest," Ketzel Levine shares this year's yield of great gardening books. She finds that geeky plant lust is officially outre, and memoirs of urban homesteads of produce and poultry are a budding new genre.
December 16, 2009 John Greenlee's The American Meadow Garden, is a paen to grassy, no-mow landscapes that shiver, shimmer and wave. Greenlee's spent decades in revolt against "the madness of lawn culture" with its abuse of resources and chemicals. His book is an invitation to experiment with region-specific grasses in colors from chartreuse, purple and ochre to metallic blue.
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