Books The American Meadow Garden Creating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional Lawn by John Greenlee and Saxon Holt Hardcover, 278 pages, Workman Pub Co, List Price: $34.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe American Meadow GardenSubtitleCreating a Natural Alternative to the Traditional LawnAuthorJohn Greenlee and Saxon Holt Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary In a book with full-color photos, an expert nurseryman and designer details site preparation, plant selection and maintenance of a meadow garden, explaining how ornamental grasses perform in different climates and areas. Genres: Nonfiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The American Meadow Garden iStockPhoto.com Best Books Of 2009 2009's Crop Of Great Gardening Books 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. Excerpts: Best Books 2009 Excerpt: 'The American Meadow Garden' 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.