Hellstrip Gardening


The hellstrip—the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip—is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources.

Hellstrip Gardening by Evelyn Hadden, the author of the acclaimed Beautiful No-Mow Yards, is the first book to show you exactly how to reclaim this oft-ignored space. This comprehensive guide covers how to determine the city and Home Owner’s Association rules governing the area, how to choose plants that thrive in tough situations, how to design 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.

With Hellstrip Gardening in hand, you can finally create the paradise you want in the most unexpected of places!

Evelyn’s book BEAUTIFUL NO-MOW YARDS: 50 AMAZING LAWN ALTERNATIVES 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 (Timber Press, 2012).

Evelyn J Hadden picHer first book APPRENTICE TO A GARDEN: A NEW URBAN GARDENER GOES WILD is now available in an updated and illustrated digital edition with whimsical drawings by artist Shari Zimmermann. Part essay and part memoir, this collection of stories chronicles four years of Evelyn’s adventures and aha moments transforming a lifeless urban lawn into a lively no-mow paradise (LessLawn Press, 2012). It won gold medals in the 2012 eLit Book Awards and the 2013 Global eBook Awards.

Evelyn founded the informational website LessLawn, which offers advice, articles, and resources for gardeners interested in converting their lawns to more rewarding landscapes. She is a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the word about environmentally friendly lawn care and lawn alternatives. In 2013 she became a partner at the lauded and provocative team blog GardenRant, where she writes twice monthly about a variety of topics including her own garden adventures.

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