NEWEST book by national speaker and award-winning author Evelyn J. Hadden!
Available April 15, 2014


"Excellent book for an often forgotten horticultural contingent: urban dwellers with only wee strips of dirt to work with ... a lively, optimistic guide to transforming dead space into a small splash of Eden, a win-win for everybody." -- Publishers Weekly
  Hellstrip Gardening
Create a paradise between the sidewalk and the curb

Add curb appeal to your home, literally! From coast to coast, overlooked landscapes languish in parking strips and alongside driveways and alleys. These semi-public spaces don't often support healthy lawns, but they can host thriving gardens that add beauty and provide ecological services, dramatically improving their surroundings.

Gracefully tackle the challenges---car, foot, and paw traffic; utility and maintenance equipment; restricted root zones; contaminated soil; neighborhood covenants and city regulations; and more---with this comprehensive guide, which includes a dictionary of over 100 curbside-worthy plants and in-depth features on a dozen inspiring curbside gardens from around the United States.


Foreword by Lauren Springer Ogden, author of The Undaunted Garden and Plant-Driven Design

Part 1: Inspirations showcases 12 inspiring curbside gardens from around the United States.

Part 2: Situations tackles challenges posed by street trees, too much or too little water, poor or contaminated soil, restrictive regulations, foot and vehicle traffic, desirable and undesirable wildlife, piled snow and road salt, utility lines and unsightly equipment, and more.

Part 3: Creation offers nature-friendly solutions for designing, building, and managing a curbside garden.

Part 4: Curbside-Worthy Plants profiles over 100 plants that can help transform your hellstrip to a curbside paradise, highlighting plants with showy flowers, plants with showy foliage, plants with edible or medicinal uses, and plants with four-season structure.

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Other Books By Evelyn J. Hadden

Beautiful No-Mow Yards

Apprentice to a Garden

Shrink Your Lawn
Photo credit: Mitch Kezar, Kezar Photo

Evelyn J. Hadden shares strategies to help people create and maintain comfortable, functional, nature-friendly landscapes with less or no lawn. An avid pedestrian, she applauds the generosity behind front yard gardens and the growing push to convert unused and unloved lawns to more rewarding landscapes.

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