Book Review of Lawns Into Meadows by Owen Wormser

Mowing season may be nearing an end but soon it will be spring and time to drag out the expensive, high maintenance lawn equipment – to begin that hot, sweaty weekly chore once more.

If you’re one of those who’ve dreamed of trading stark, crew-cut style grass for a lovely meadow of native wildflowers or another option besides being a slave to the land that surrounds your home, check out the book Lawns Into Meadows – Growing a regenerative landscape by Owen Wormser, illustrated by Kristen Thompson.

From getting rid of grass in preparation for new plantings, designing the site, selecting appropriate species for the soil at the location that are hardy in your climatic zone, to cultivation and maintenance, this narrative is a one stop source of information for making your landscape more in tune with nature.

Reducing your carbon footprint is one reason to create a low-maintenance lawn. The addition of free time to your schedule, and the eventual cost savings are two others. But if you’re a nature lover, you won’t require practical reasons for making the change.

Born and raised in rural Maine, author Owen Wormser knows nature. His experience as a landscape architect in Western Massachusetts where he installed hundreds of regenerative lawns makes him the perfect person to write this book. Though written by a professional, the book will be enjoyed by laypeople, just learning about regenerative lawns.

Artist Kristen Thompson has experience in both art and specialize plant culture.

The book even tells us how to educate and make peace with neighbors and “city fathers” who may consider a natural lawn a weed patch rather than the work of natural artistry it really is.

Read this book and change the world. Or at least your neighborhood   

If you’re one of those who’ve dreamed of trading stark, crew-cut style grass for a lovely meadow of native wildflowers or another option besides being a slave to the land that surrounds your home, check out the book Lawns Into Meadows – Growing a regenerative landscape by Owen Wormser, illustrated by Kristen Thompson.

From getting rid of grass in preparation for new plantings, designing the site, selecting appropriate species for the soil at the location that are hardy in your climatic zone, to cultivation and maintenance, this narrative is a one stop source of information for making your landscape more in tune with nature.

Reducing your carbon footprint is one reason to create a low-maintenance lawn. The addition of free time to your schedule, and the eventual cost savings are two others. But if you’re a nature lover, you won’t require practical reasons for making the change.

Born and raised in rural Maine, author Owen Wormser knows nature. His experience as a landscape architect in Western Massachusetts where he installed hundreds of regenerative lawns makes him the perfect person to write this book. Though written by a professional, the book will be enjoyed by laypeople, just learning about regenerative lawns.

Artist Kristen Thompson has experience in both art and specialize plant culture.

The book even tells us how to educate and make peace with neighbors and “city fathers” who may consider a natural lawn a weed patch rather than the work of natural artistry it really is.

Read this book and change the world. Or at least your neighborhood   

A Few of My Favorite Cottage Flowers

Dianthus, euphorbia and verbena make an adorable display in this pot. I try to keep  outdoor flowers watered through September.

Our flowers this year have bloomed better in late summer than in June when they received excessive daily drenchings from Mother Nature.