The Lawn Goodbye
We sunbathe, picnic, and play sports on them. Our bare feet seem inexorably drawn to them. And for many of us, they’re the first thing we see when we step out the front door: lawns. It’s no surprise they cover 40 million acres in the U.S., or that we spend more caring for them than the entire GDP of Costa Rica.
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- Urban gardens are cropping up everywhere, from the country to the city. To follow are five modern ways to grow your own.
- Garden master David King grew up in Kansas and picked up his green skills from his grandfather. “In my teen years it wasn't cool, but I came back to horticulture as an adult,” he says.
- With new laws limiting water consumption in many places, it shouldn't be a surprise that drought-tolerant and native landscaping is continuing to flourish, replacing expansive and expensive lawns.
- Earlier this year Fritz Haeg embarked on the first public Edible Estates Garden at southern California's Descanso Gardens in an effort to showcase the benefits of planting an abundant edible garden…
- Currently on view in Los Angeles is an unconventional show organized by the artist Fritz Haeg, best known for his Edible Estates project, in which he helps homeowners replace their front lawns with…
Peer into the backyards of Chris Schiavo's youth and you'll find a surreal landscape of brightly-hued plants, weathered lawn furniture, and costumed children. Taken over a 10-year period in Queens, New York, the images in "Backyard" look like ordinary snapshots of a typical 1980's neighborhood.
In "Star with Apples," a lone section of white picket fencing stands among fallen apples, its dark shadow painted on the lawn. Created before Photoshop, and before digitally editing images became norm, these theatrical frames combine constructed installations with existing environments. Schiavo treats her photographs like a painting by deliberately adding props, people, color, light, and shadow. In "Grapevine" she tints edges of leaves with day-glo green and sky blue vegetable-based paint and snakes garden hoses through the yard, mimicking the shapes of the orange and red vines in a very deliberate rendering of her backyard.
Now at ArtHaus in San Francisco until September 30th, "The Backyard" has been shown in the Yale University art gallery, On the Way in New York, and select works from the series are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art.
Sculptural pieces by landscape architect Deanna Glory are installed alongside Schiavo's images in ArtHaus' installation. Rather than recreate Schiavo's backyard scenes, Glory sought inspiration from the shapes and forms in them. "We decided that it would be great to turn the show into something beyond the photographs," says Gallery Director James Bacchi.
The largest outdoor gardening event on the West Coast has evolved into a prestigious community gathering, as well as a premier industry event for gardening aficionados and professionals in Southern California and beyond. The event illustrates innovative and environmentally responsible garden design, shares knowledge of “green” gardening practices through workshops, lectures and demonstrations, and provides specialty plants, books and home gardening elements in the Marketplace.
This year’s event is a tribute to the home gardener and will be an active “How to” guide for living a green gardening lifestyle in Southern California. Workshops, Lectures, and demonstrations will range from creating edible gardens to designing with California friendly plants, to composting and making water-wise choices, the LA Garden Show will provide the essentials for the professional and novice home garden.
A wide variety of unique and exotic plants will be available for sale selected by the L.A. County Arboretum curators and will extend from well-known fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables to cacti and succulents, California Natives, and flowering favorites. Plant experts will be on-hand to share information on how to plant and care for plants.
Exhibits designed by renowned Southern California landscape designers will showcase sustainable landscape design to inspire the home gardener.
Each day of the “LA Garden Show” will feature different events and guest speakers to allow for visitors to schedule their attendance according to their specific interests. Visitors will be able to purchase plants and related gardening items at the show.
This is a three-day celebration showcasing sustainable gardening practices and edible plants, from fruits and vegetables to herbs and grains, and their decorative and functional uses in gardens. There will be food, entertainment and gardening activities just for kids.