Audubon magazine cites Lawn Gone!


I’m about to plunge into a series of posts about gardens I visited in San Francisco late last month, but first I must share my excitement about a mention of Lawn Gone! that appears in this month’s Audubon magazine.


Titled “Food Network,” the article by Rene Ebersole starts on page 42 of the August 2013 issue.


On page 44 she pulls a quote from my book — a commentary on the cookie-cutter landscapes that result when homeowners across the country plant the same few species of foundation shrubs and wall-to-wall lawn, as opposed to using at least some native plants that reflect the unique beauty of one’s region. Native plants are also uniquely suited to the needs of native species of wildlife, and the focus of the article is on how individual homeowners can help struggling native bird populations through thoughtful plant choices.

Doug Tallamy, native plant advocate and author of the seminal Bringing Nature Home, is referenced throughout the article, which makes a compelling case for adding more native plants to the garden. While I’m no absolutist (shout-out to the passionate purist Benjamin Vogt), I do believe in planting a significant percentage of natives for wildlife and for a regionally appropriate look.

“Food Network” is worth a read, and not just because my book gets a mention (ha!). Look for it on newsstands and in bookstores this month. Oh, and my thanks to Dallas gardener Peter Schaar for alerting me to the article!

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Wildflower Center magazine touts Lawn Gone!


Sometimes my publicist lets me know ahead of time that Lawn Gone! will have a mention in an upcoming publication. Other times it’s just a thrilling surprise. Like when I opened my copy of Wildflower (Summer 2013), the magazine of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


…and spotted a recommendation for Lawn Gone! along with other staff picks from the garden’s gift shop on page 11. Woot! Thanks, Wildflower Center!

While I’m basking in the glow of their recommendation, let me give a little love back. This looks like a particularly interesting issue of Wildflower. One of my favorite garden writers, Scott Calhoun, has an article called “Design with Spines: Getting Hooked on Cacti in the Home Garden,” which I’m sure will be a good read (click to read it online). Despite my love for spiny agave, yucca, sotol, and now dyckia, I don’t know much about growing cacti, so I’ll be reading that with interest.

There’s also an article about getting children involved with nature, called “The Family Garden: Nature as Teacher,” by Julie Bawden-Davis, that I want to read, especially as it accompanies detailed information about the new children’s garden under construction at the Wildflower Center. I’ve been taking my kids to the Center and on greenbelt hikes around Austin (and in national parks around the country) since they were babies, and I believe unstructured outdoor time is essential for children’s health and development. So I’m glad to see the Wildflower Center creating an exploratory garden especially for children, where they don’t have to be told “no, don’t touch!”

Check out these articles online, and consider subscribing to Wildflower through a membership to the Wildflower Center. Wildflower is a national-interest magazine, with articles and updates about native-plant gardens all over the country.

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Lawn Gone! mentions in Woman’s Day and Seattle Times


I’m always excited to see a mention of my book, Lawn Gone!, in a magazine or newspaper article, and this week there are two.


On page 41 of the June 2013 issue of Woman’s Day magazine, you’ll see an article about freshening up your patio garden, which references my advice in Lawn Gone! to cut down on lawn by laying paths through your garden. My photo of Tait Moring’s inspiring patchwork path accompanies the tip.


And in today’s edition of the Seattle Times, in an article titled “Green, green grass of home,” writer Tom Watson reminds us that even in the cool, damp climate of Seattle, homeowners are finding compelling reasons to rip out their lawns. He references Lawn Gone!‘s suggestion to start with the parts of your lawn that get the least use — the parking strip or the whole front yard — and he points out that the book includes regional plant recommendations for the Pacific Northwest from Seattle’s own Christina Salwitz.

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