Sustainable Gardening News Nov/2008


Below are the new-to-Rant bits, and the whole thing is archived on the website, with off-topic sidebar.  If you’re tired of reading about lawn alternatives….sorry!  Also, notice the cool new contributors – hort experts from The Scott Arboretum and green-gardening advocate Joe Lamp’l.



Lawnless gardens are now all together on one
main page:
  theory and practice, examples across the U.S., stories of meadows,
contrary opinions
, and where to go for more info. Here are just some of the new
articles about this hot topic:

  • Two gorgeous lawnless native
    by Pennsylvania designer Larry Weaner.  Notice that stone is the key to their success.
  • A Chicago gardener creates a cottage
    where her front lawn used to be.


  • Bottles made from plants? What
    will they think of next? The EarthBottle is from the ag guys at Clemson U., a
    "natural polymer-fiber bottle that’s recyclable, biodegradable, petroleum-free
    and stronger, lighter than glass."  The potential to replace plastic is huge!
    (Hat tip to Project
    Green Industry.)
  • The Economist opines on the coming greening of
    gardening, especially
    in response to global climate change. 


  • How planting a new batch of tulips each year can be easy-peasy.




  1. Nice to see this topic covered on your web page.
    Very organized !
    Lots of educational information and inspiration for those who may be considering an alternative choice to a turf based lawn.

    Love the stone and garden work that Pennsylvania designer Larry Weaner has done. Very nice horticultural craftsmanship and stone work.

  2. Ewww! Love the orbs – hate the pea gravel. Why not spheres on grass or ground cover. At least it would put some oxygen into the air. Also, how in the heck do you rake leaves on pea gravel?

  3. To your question Jan about the crushed gravel vs. a ground cover.
    The choice was made for aesthetics, function, water use and maintenance. Form follows function.
    This area is a private outdoor sculpture gallery located in an arid part of the country. Water is scarce as it is expensive.
    Crushed gravel is easy to rake, just as easy as it is to blow with an electric hand held blower.
    But there is little leaf litter in this area so it gets blown or raked about 3 times a year to keep it tidy.
    I got a good laugh from the cat comment ! good one !
    Though most cats don’t like the sharp angular edges of Sonoma basalt crushed gravel.
    Even a bob cat, who was once an common visitor, does not care for the gravel surface.
    Or maybe he doesn’t care for some of the artwork that is displayed there ?

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