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Front Yard Gardens

Growing More Than Grass

by Liz Primeau, photographs by Andrew Layerle

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list price: $24.95
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category: Gardening
published: March 2003
ISBN:9781552977101
publisher: Firefly Books
Description

Although upkeep is labor intensive and often requires an arsenal of dangerous chemicals to keep it free of weeds and pests, the appeal of a manicured lawn is almost irresistible. But more people are discovering a very attractive alternative.

Packed with practical tips and beautiful photographs, Front Yard Gardens:

Liz Primeau transformed her lawn in a quiet suburb to a mixed garden with a profusion of flowering plants, shrubs, and cacti. She now enjoys an eye-catching front garden that requires no chemicals and less watering than her lawn.

This book includes overall planning and design, and outlines the steps for removing the grass, enriching the soil, and planting. The book is divided into several types of front yard gardens, including cottage, minimalist, secret, neighborhood, downtown, and natural. She discusses the key elements of each style, gives tips on how to create and maintain the garden, and provides a list of complementary plants.

With more than two hundred beautiful photographs taken expressly for this book by Andrew Leyerle, Front Yard Gardens is a sensual treasure-trove of ideas.

 

About the Authors

Liz Primeau is the author of numerous books on gardening, including My Natural History and the bestselling Front Yard Gardens. She is also the founding editor of Canadian Gardening magazine and the former host of Canadian Gardening Television on HGTV. She frequently gives talks at horticultural society meetings and garden shows across Canada and the United States. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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Liz Primeau is the author of numerous books on gardening, including My Natural History and the bestselling Front Yard Gardens. She is also the founding editor of Canadian Gardening magazine and the former host of Canadian Gardening Television on HGTV. She frequently gives talks at horticultural society meetings and garden shows across Canada and the United States. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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Contributor Notes

Liz Primeau was a gardening magazine journalist for 30 years and now gives regular lectures on gardens and garden design, including a special presentation on front yard gardens. She has led many gardening seminars and is a featured speaker at gardening events. Liz Primeau is the founding editor of Canadian Gardening magazine and host of her own television program.

 

Editorial Reviews

I love this book... Primeau is a terrific writer and gardener, and this marvelous book just might inspire and guide you into a whole new level (and area) of gardening.

— Hamilton Spectator

Very good.

— New York Times Book Review

Excellent primer on the rewards and challenges of starting a yard garden.

— Quill and Quire

[Starred review] This substantial book takes a refreshing look at front yard gardens ... Filled with practical ideas, Primeau's encouraging text is liberally supplemented by lush photos ... Highly recommended.

— Library Journal

A well-written 232 pages, the authors knows of what she writes, having been there, done that and showcasing the landscaping to prove it.

— Sudbury Star

With so many great photos of front yard gardens, this book provides a great motivation to rip out grass in your front lawn.

— GrowingEdibles.com

Visually compelling book, full of varied design suggestions.

— Canadian House and Home

The green green grass of home doesn't interest Liz Primeau. She's a front yard rebel and proud of it. Her 65 by 40-foot lawn is long gone, replaced by a gregarious gathering of vibrant vegetation -- fabulous flowers, cacti, shrub and small trees. The results are spectacular.

— Wetaskiwin Times-Advertiser (Wetaskiwin, AB)

Will inspire homeowners to contemplate the use of flowers, shrubs, trees, ornamental grasses and creatively placed paths as the mainstay of their home's curbside beauty.

— Edmonton Sun

The results will not only look superb, but will require no chemicals and take far less time and water to maintain.

— London Free Press

Great photographs ... full of interesting ideas on ways to take a different approach to an often blah and boring space.

— Toronto Star

It's a gorgeous book.

— Edmonton Journal

[Primeau] provides more than 200 photographs of examples where lawns were ripped up and replaced with free-flowing, more environmentally friendly (and prettier) plants.

— HGTV.com

Inspirational ... great tips on how to plant so your garden doesn't clash with the neighborhood.

— Globe and Mail

All the tips and photographs prove that you can keep off the grass -- step by step -- with style.

— Canadian Living

Offers another compelling reason for putting flowers out front: Flowers look good... the concepts and how-tos for eight gardening styles are helpful.

— Houston Chronicle

{Review listing of great gardening books] A witty and very well written volume that offers so much more than just details on basic gardening... a must for anyone who wants to create impact and dazzling color in their front (and back) yard gardens.

— Halifax Daily News

Conversational text and lovely photography by Andrew Leyerle make this edition an interesting choice for home gardeners.

— Phoenix Home and Garden

Alternatives to lawns ... from cactus austerity to full-blooming exuberance.

— Metropolitan Home

I've just finished reading [this book], and I've got to say I'm feeling excited and inspired. I should also mention that this makes my husband more than a little nervous.

— Spokane Spokesman

Showcases more than 70 gardens from around the country that tackle the challenge of front yard design from a variety of perspectives.

— American Gardener

Help in rejuvenating a front yard so that flowers, foliage, textures, and hardscaping come together in inviting swaths to both beautify and benefit the environment.

— Booklist

Wonderfully literate.

— Style at Home Magazine

For an in-depth look at designing, Front Yard Gardens, Growing More Than Grass by Liz Primeau is a thorough guide to a splendid collection of gardens. Although it is primarily for non-edible gardens, it provides helpful planning tips.

— Grit Gazette

Turn your yard into an earth-friendly showstopper.

— Chatelaine

The book is handsome, informative and amusingly written, and it should serve as an inspiration to those who are tired of old-fashioned lawns.

— Publishers Weekly

The photographs are delightful and the text is written in informative and heartfelt prose.

— Central Coast Adventures

More than 70 examples of the kinds of front yard plans others have come up with, and a how-to manual that gives extensive lists of plants.

— Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Very well written and illustrated book... thousands of ideas.

— Montreal Gazette

Wonderful photographs... a range of designs from minimalist to lush jungle to a swath of native grasses.

— Globe and Mail

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