A brilliant resource for anyone interested in making something gorgeous
out of that nondescript strip between sidewalk and road. Hadden covers
all the challenges and opportunities curbside gardens offer, includes a
directory of recommended plants, and 'visits' several curbside gardens
around the country for inspiration. Great for gardeners looking for
more space to play with, and for anyone looking to create a more
beautiful and diverse, lower-maintenance yard.
The hellstrip—also known as a boulevard, meridian, and planting strip—is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve more resources. Hellstrip Gardening is the first book to show you exactly how to reclaim these oft-ignored spaces by determining the city and home owner's association rules, choosing plants that thrive in tough situations, designing pathways for accessibility, and much more. Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens across the country offer inspiration and visual guidance to anyone ready to tackle this final frontier.
National speaker and award-winning author Evelyn Hadden encourages property owners to convert unused, unloved lawns to more rewarding landscapes. She is a founder of lesslawn.com, a partner at the lauded and provocative blog Garden Rant, and a founding member of the National Lawn Reform Coalition.
“A creative and environmentally friendly gardening book, Hellstrip Gardening is a fine choice for both dreamers and doers. Hadden has ideas not only for that awkward (and presumably hellish) space between person and street, but also for medians, parking lot islands, community gardens—anyplace there is land to plant.” —Shelf Awareness
“A lively book. . . . Both a design manual and an encouragement to embrace overlooked spaces…A creative and environmentally friendly gardening book, Hellstrip Gardening is a fine choice for both dreamers and doers. Hadden has ideas not only for that awkward (and presumably hellish) space between person and street, but also for medians, parking lot islands, community gardens—anyplace there is land to plant.” —Landscape Architecture
“Inspiration for urban gardeners.” —Chicago Tribune
“How could I not love Hellstrip Gardening? The subject is fun and inspiring.” —Garden Rant
“Organized in sections devoted to planning and preparation, [and] design. . . . Hadden inspires us to be daring, and the photographs, taken in all regions of the country, show that in the garden impossible dreams do come true . . . . all the time.” —Pioneer Press
“An entertaining new book…It shares ways to turn the ugly wasteland between sidewalk or driveway and the curb into lovely floral borders.” —Charlotte Observer
“Hadden will help you through the toughest planting challenges, whether you’re planting an actual hellstrip or your yard just seems like one.” —Garden & Gun Online