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Front Yard Gardens
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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 Explores the history of the lawn and our attachment to it Contains examples of front yard gardens from more than seventy gardens across North America Provides step-by-step instructions to start and grow your own front yard garden 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.
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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.

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Handsome, informative and amusingly written, and it should serve as an inspiration to those who are tired of old-fashioned lawns. Visually compelling book, full of varied design suggestions. Will inspire homeowners. -- Patty Jessome "Edmonton Sun" (03/29/2003) Very good. -- Jamaica Kincaid "New York Times Book Review" (06/01/2003) Wonderfully literate. -- Laurie Grassi "Style at Home Magazine" (06/01/2003) Conversational text and lovely photography by Andrew Leyerle make this edition an interesting choice for home gardeners. Starred review: Substantial... filled with practical ideas ... Highly recommended. -- Bonnie Poquette "Library Journal" (05/15/2003) More than 200 photographs ... where lawns were ripped up and replaced with free-flowing, more environmentally friendly (and prettier) plants. I've just finished reading �this book�, and I've got to say I'm feeling excited and inspired. -- Susan Mulvihill "Spokane Spokesman" (06/27/2003) It's a gorgeous book. -- Mairi MacLean "Edmonton Journal" (06/21/2007) The author knows of what she writes, having been there, done that and showcasing the landscaping to prove it.--Ian Munt"Sudbury Star" (04/03/2007) The photographs are delightful and the text is written in informative and heartfelt prose.--Sylvia Jenkins"Central Coast Adventures" (01/01/2003) [Starred review] Substantial... filled with practical ideas ... Highly recommended.--Bonnie Poquette"Library Journal" (05/15/2003) Results will not only look superb, but will require no chemicals and take far less time and water to maintain.--Ken Smith"London Free Press" (07/12/2003) Will inspire homeowners.--Patty Jessome"Edmonton Sun" (03/29/2003) This book provides a great motivation to rip out grass in your front lawn.--Janice Kreider"GrowingEdibles.com" (11/25/2008) Flowers look good... the concepts and how-tos for eight gardening styles are helpful.--Kathy Huber"Houston Chronicle" (12/20/2003) A witty and very well written volume that offers so much more than just details on basic gardening.--Niki Jabbour"Halifax Daily News" (11/25/2005) Full of interesting ideas on ways to take a different approach to an often blah and boring space.--Sonia Day"Toronto Star" (05/17/2003) [Primeau] provides more than 200 photographs of examples where lawns were ripped up and replaced with free-flowing, more environmentally friendly (and prettier) plants. The book is handsome, informative and amusingly written, and it should serve as an inspiration to those who are tired of old-fashioned lawns. 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. A well-written 232 pages, the authors knows of what she writes, having been there, done that and showcasing the landscaping to prove it.--Ian Munt"Sudbury Star" (04/03/2007) Very well written and illustrated book... thousands of ideas.--Stuart Robertson"Montreal Gazette" (12/13/2003) It's a gorgeous book.--Mairi MacLean"Edmonton Journal" (06/21/2007) 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.--Robert Howard"Hamilton Spectator" (10/31/2003) 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.--Alice Joyce"Booklist" (05/01/2003) [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.--Bonnie Poquette"Library Journal" (05/15/2003) Wonderfully literate.--Laurie Grassi"Style at Home Magazine" (06/01/2003) Turn your yard into an earth-friendly showstopper.--Bonnie Schiedel"Chatelaine" (05/01/2003) 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.--Susan Mulvihill"Spokane Spokesman" (06/27/2003) Offers another compelling reason for putting flowers out front: Flowers look good... the concepts and how-tos for eight gardening styles are helpful.--Kathy Huber"Houston Chronicle" (12/20/2003) Inspirational ... great tips on how to plant so your garden doesn't clash with the neighborhood.--Sherry A. Firing"Globe and Mail" (04/26/2003) Very good.--Jamaica Kincaid"New York Times Book Review" (06/01/2003) Alternatives to lawns ... from cactus austerity to full-blooming exuberance.--Michael Lassell"Metropolitan Home" (07/01/2003) Wonderful photographs... a range of designs from minimalist to lush jungle to a swath of native grasses.--Marjorie Harris"Globe and Mail" (08/09/2003) Great photographs ... full of interesting ideas on ways to take a different approach to an often blah and boring space.--Sonia Day"Toronto Star" (05/17/2003) All the tips and photographs prove that you can keep off the grass -- step by step -- with style.--Jo Calvert"Canadian Living" (07/01/2003) 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.--Verne Clemence"Saskatoon Star Phoenix" (04/12/2003) 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.--Patty Jessome"Edmonton Sun" (03/29/2003) Excellent primer on the rewards and challenges of starting a yard garden.--James Grainger"Quill and Quire" (05/01/2003) The results will not only look superb, but will require no chemicals and take far less time and water to maintain.--Ken Smith"London Free Press" (07/12/2003) Showcases more than 70 gardens from around the country that tackle the challenge of front yard design from a variety of perspectives.--Rita Pelczar"American Gardener" (10/15/2003) {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.--Niki Jabbour"Halifax Daily News" (11/25/2005) 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.--Joanne Richard"Wetaskiwin Times-Advertiser (Wetaskiwin, AB)" (05/02/2009) With so many great photos of front yard gardens, this book provides a great motivation to rip out grass in your front lawn.--Janice Kreider"GrowingEdibles.com" (11/25/2008)

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