Gazing Into the Future
Our guest this week is Stephen Orr, the gardening editorial director for Martha Stewart Living magazine and the author of a new book: Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening.
Stephen writes, “My lifelong interest in plants was born in the backyard of my childhood home in the otherwise sparse landscape of West Texas. He credits his parents for deciding the family would travel. “The highlights of those trips were the beautiful botanical gardens or historic estates.” Stephen crossed the country and visited gardens in and around 10 cities. But the places he showcases in his new book are not grand landscapes, but rather the results of talented designers and home gardeners who have a few things in common – a desire to make useful artistic outdoor spaces that respect and conform to their climates (Hilliard Garden, above).
One goal is to reduce maintenance, or rather, spend the time you want to in the garden doing what you want to do. A big part of the book deals with lawn, or rather reducing the size of lawn, or doing away with it all together. Instead, gravel is one alternative, as is artificial turf in three gardens. And there is much more – all illustrated with wonderful photographs taken by the author for Tomorrow’s Garden.
Stephen also contributes to his popular blog: What Were The Skies Like.
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