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Evelyn founded the informational website LessLawn in 2001 to promote ideas about nature-friendly landscaping with less lawn. She went on to become an award-winning author of four garden books, a partner at the provocative team blog GardenRant, and a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition.

Most importantly, the ideas she has espoused for nearly two decades are finally becoming mainstream, as popular culture grapples with shaping a more benevolent relationship to our environment and individuals revisit their home landscapes as places to reconnect with nature.


Hellstrip Gardening
Create a paradise between the sidewalk and the curb

Create a healthy garden in your hellstrip or other curbside location. This comprehensive guide covers challenges including car, foot, and paw traffic; utility and maintenance equipment; restricted root zones; contaminated soil; neighborhood covenants and city regulations; and more! Includes a dictionary of over 100 curbside-worthy plants and in-depth features on a dozen inspiring curbside gardens from around the United States.

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Apprentice to a Garden
A new urban gardener goes wild

Winner of two gold medals! Evelyn Hadden's first book is now available in an updated and illustrated edition with whimsical drawings by artist Shari Zimmermann. Part essay and part memoir, it chronicles four years of adventures and aha moments in a small urban garden in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This beginner's journey of awe, despair, and hilarity will bring back memories for experienced gardeners wherever they live and will smooth the way for those just starting down their own garden paths.

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Beautiful No-Mow Yards
50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives

A Timber Press bestseller since its publication, this comprehensive guide to shrinking your lawn presents dozens of inspiring alternatives to turfgrass in a wide variety of styles from coast to coast, along with advice on how to make and maintain an eco-friendly landscape (including smarter lawns) and thumbnail sketches of 100 choice ground-layer plants.

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Shrink Your Lawn
Design ideas for any landscape

This award-winning, photo-packed book showcases ideas for shrinking a lawn based on five different strategies: easy first projects, functional landscaping, garden rooms, groundcovers for alternative lawns, and lawnless garden design. It was produced as a take-home to complement Evelyn Hadden's presentations.

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