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Posts by Evelyn Hadden:
- Lessons from a Portland Hellstrip
- Nature Corridors Boost Failing Wildlife Populations
- A Tale of Two Mulches
- Saving Spiders
- How I Spent My Spring
- A Grower of Regionally Appropriate Plants is Hard to Find
- There’s Hope for Urban Design
- Let’s Spread the Word about Public Gardens in D.C. and Elsewhere
- The Power of Naming
- The Best Garden Show of All
- Gratitude in the Eye of this Storm
- Can Winter Feed a Gardener’s Soul?
- Forcing Winter Interest
- Treasure the Winter Farmer’s Market
- Winter Soundscapes
- Snow: Lessons in Perspective
- Piling Leaves and Stacking Functions
- Laissez-faire Garden Design: A Long Conversation with Nature
- Meeting Animals
- Death Enhances a Garden
After a couple of decades of gardening in Minnesota (USDA Hardiness Zone 3b/4a, brrrr), I recently moved back to Idaho, land of my childhood (and Zone 5b, hooray), where I am industriously smothering an acre of lawn.
Yes, I kill lawns. And through my website, talks, and books, I encourage other people to kill them as well. “Less lawn, more life” is my motto. To me, those well-kept but unused lawns in which no weeds are allowed symbolize our barren (of nature) modern lives. We exclude plants and other animals from much of our landscape, yet I believe we need to interact daily with other species—and to immerse ourselves in natural settings—for our physical and emotional health, and for our spirits.
Some other things I believe:
- Gardening is an act of hope and satisfies our yearning to connect with the world outside ourselves.
- Most issues have many sides; rarely is there a clear right or wrong.
- Discussion is crucial to expand our understanding. It is hard to imagine perspectives outside our experience. Listening to others helps.
- One person can make a difference.
- One image or idea can transform a person.
Check out what ranters and commenters had to say about my book Beautiful No-Mow Yards, and look for my next book Hellstrip Gardening in May 2014. Read my rant about why I prefer a kinder, gentler, healthier world with fewer leaf blowers. And please, join the conversation!
(Photo credit: Kezar Photo)