Skip to content

Lawns into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape

Lawns into Meadows shows you how to plant a meadow garden or a natural meadow.  The book gives a list of the plants needed and how to prepare the soil.

Affiliate Disclosure: When you click on links to various merchants on this site and make a purchase, this can result in this site earning a commission. Affiliate programs and affiliations include, but are not limited to, the eBay Partner Network, Chelsea Green Books, and Blackwell’s Bookstore.

Introduction to Lawns into Meadows

Landscape designer Owen Wormser explains how to replace the deadscape we call lawn with low-maintenance, eco-friendly meadows. This is a how-to book on meadow-making that’s also about sustainability, regeneration, and beauty.

In a world where lawns have wreaked havoc on our natural ecosystems, meadows offer a compelling solution. It is garden landscaping that is beautiful, all year round.

Meadows establish wildlife and pollinator habitats, are low-maintenance and low-cost, have a built-in resilience that helps them weather climate extremes, and can draw down and store far more carbon dioxide than any manicured lawn.

Wormser describes how to plant an organic meadow garden or traditional meadow, that’s right for your site. His book includes guidance on:

  • Preparing your plot
  • Designing your meadow
  • Planting without using synthetic chemicals
  • Growing 21 starter native grasses and wildflowers, including butterfly weed, smooth blue aster, purple coneflower, wild bergamot, and many more.

He also includes tips on building support in neighborhoods where a tidy lawn is the standard, and how to become a meadow activist.

To illuminate the many joys of meadow-building, Wormser draws on his own stories, including how growing up off the grid in northern Maine, with no electricity or plumbing, prepared him for his work.

“This focused and easy to read book is full of useful and practical information. It contains advice on how best to prep, plant and maintain meadows, along with a list of tools you’ll need, and even guidance on how to become a meadow activist.”—Permaculture Institute

A lot of the plants mentioned in this book, including butterfly weed and purple coneflower, can be found in the McMullen House Bed & Breakfast Garden Shop.

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Lawns into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

13 + seventeen =

The owner of this website has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, please report any problems that you encounter using the contact form on this website. This site uses the WP ADA Compliance Check plugin to enhance accessibility.