Evelyn J. Hadden
National speaker and award-winning author of Beautiful No-Mow Yards

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"Hellstrip Gardening"

"Beautiful No-Mow Yards"

"Design Ideas to Shrink Your Lawn"

"Eco-Friendly Gardens"

  Beautiful No-Mow Yards

Tired of mowing? Let award-winning author Evelyn Hadden help you rethink your yard. Hadden presents an inspiring array of case studies---no-mow designs by everyday gardeners plus ideas from landscape professionals that you can adapt to your own yard. You'll see lively grass gardens, shady havens, elegant edibles, lawnless stroll gardens, low-care living carpets, and more.

You'll also learn cutting-edge, ecologically sound ways to convert your yard to a no-mow garden:
  • choosing ground-layer plants based on their different behaviors;
  • several ways to kill a lawn;
  • designing large-scale features with woody plants;
  • lawns that need less mowing/watering/chemicals: managed meadows, freedom lawns, and low and slow lawns;
  • natural creativity boosters for kids;
  • enlisting natural processes to manage your garden for you;
  • incorporating higher-maintenance elements like edibles.

Savor the ease and beauty of no-mow yards. Then get going on yours!

This talk can be tailored to focus on your region. Beautiful No-Mow Yards Featuring Eastern Native Plants discusses the ideas and strategies above, showing examples that feature plants native to Eastern North America. Beautiful No-Mow Yards for the West highlights plants and strategies that work well in drier regions.


"Excellent variety of ideas for ways to replace grass --- neat focus on moods created."

"So inspiring! Got great ideas for addressing several problem areas."

"Evelyn spoke at our annual Friends of the Library meeting to a full house. Her presentation was informal and encouraging, allowing for audience questions and included projected screen shots that illuminated the ideas in her book. Patrons offered positive feedback the following day and our Friends group was very happy with the program and audience turn out. "


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