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Posts by Evelyn Hadden:
- Gifts of Autumn
- Common Gardening Practices That Hurt Bees
- The Winnowing
- More Garden-Inspired Haiku
- Big Ahas from Planting in a Post-Wild World
- One Way of Relaxing in an Imperfect Garden
- Praise for Open Gardens
- Solitude and Nature
- Milkweed Spreading Through My Landscape Makes Me Happy
- Cultivating Wildness
- Setting the Pace
- Showing Off My Grandplants
- The Payoff
- New Views
- Home-Canned Tomatoes: A Tantalizing Taste of Nature in Winter
- Landscapes with Healing Powers: Video Tribute to Lava Hot Springs
- Garden Ephemera
- Protein from the Garden
- Six Ways to Use Fallen Leaves in Your Garden
- Herbal Baths: My New Favorite Cold-Weather Treat
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)