Lawns Into Meadows: Growing a Regenerative Landscape — by Owen Wormser

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In Lawns Into Meadows: Growing Regenerative Landscape, landscape designer Owen Wormser makes a case for the power and generosity of meadows. In a world where lawns have wreaked havoc on our natural ecosystems, meadows offer a compelling solution.

They establish wildlife and pollinator habitats. They’re low-maintenance and low-cost. They have a built-in resilience that helps them weather climate extremes, and they can draw down and store far more carbon dioxide than any manicured lawn. They’re also beautiful, all year round.

Wormser describes how to plant an organic meadow that’s right for your site, whether it’s a yard, community garden, or tired city lot. He shares advice on preparing your plot, coming up with the right design, and planting—all without using synthetic chemicals.

While passing along tips on building support in neighborhoods where a tidy lawn is the standard, Lawns Into Meadows: Growing Regenerative Landscape also profiles twenty-one starter grasses and flowers for beginning meadow-makers, and offers guidance on how to grow each one.

To illuminate the many joys of meadow-building, Owen 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. The book, part how-to guide and part memoir, is for environmentalists and climate activists, gardeners and non-gardeners alike. 

Part of Stone Pier Press’s Citizen Gardening series, which teaches readers how to grow food and garden in ways that are good for the planet.


Format: New, Softcover

Published: July 2, 2020

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing / Stone Pier Press

ISBN:  9780998862378

Pages: 168 pages

Dimensions:  9"inches H x .7" inch D x 6" inches W

 Weight: 10 oz, before shipping

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Owen Wormser was born and raised in rural Maine. He earned a bachelor degree in landscape architecture and quickly learned to use regenerative, low-maintenance practices in designing and building landscapes. Based in Western Massachusetts, his company, Abound Design, provides design, consulting, and installation services.

The hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world have helped catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. The New York Times calls Sandor “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.”