Urban & Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Places by Catherine Zimmerman
"This skillfully crafted guide is a wonderful resource providing the gardener with concise step by step instructions on how to meadowscape existing lawns into easily managed, pesticide free, native meadow gardens that provide all-season beauty while protecting and providing for nature." --Steve Castorani, North Creek Nurseries
Catherine Zimmerman is an award-winning director of photography, certified horticulturist and landscape designer, based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In writing Urban and Suburban Meadows, she has created a stunning and enticing introduction to meadowscaping that will inspire readers to do away with pesticide-ridden, manicured lawns and return their land to a beautiful, natural habitat for native plants and wildlife.
When I sat down to talk with Catherine I was surprised by some of her insights. In her business as a landscape designer the number one thing customers ask for is a low-maintenance garden. Native plants are the perfect choice because they are already adapted to our soils and climate and require less fertilizer and water. What I didn't realize was that native plants, wild flowers were new to people. Most of her customers had never seen these flowers before. I had to laugh, we work so hard in our industry to get the newest plants out there and it turns out we had them all along!
Catherine delivers her landscape designs with a large dose of education. By explaining to her customers all of the benefits that come with native plants, people see that their new living landscape is far more interesting than looking at a lawn. And, people are surprised at how quickly the wildlife returns. Even neat nicks will leave the grasses standing all winter if they know why. People really want to do the right thing. Catherine sure did when she self published this book and a companion DVD. All aspects of the book from where it was printed to how it was packaged were done with sustainability in mind. Connect with Catherine now and order your discounted, autographed copy here.
"This skillfully crafted guide is a wonderful resource providing the gardener with concise step by step instructions on how to meadowscape existing lawns into easily managed, pesticide free, native meadow gardens that provide all-season beauty while protecting and providing for nature." --Steve Castorani, Co-owner of American Beauties Native Plants
"As a native plant lover, I am thrilled to have a great resource like American Beauties to help educate homeowners about the many benefits of planting native plants. Keep spreading the word, plant natives!" --Catherine Zimmerman
Why Native Plants? Excerpt from the newly released Urban & Suburban Meadows companion video with entomologist and author, Doug Tallamy. Enjoy the video.