Redesigning the American Lawn

This new edition, which is being reissued in a more artistic format and with many additional illustrations, updates the original text and adds a chapter showing what progress has been made in the ecological management of landscapes over the ...

Redesigning the American Lawn

This new edition, which is being reissued in a more artistic format and with many additional illustrations, updates the original text and adds a chapter showing what progress has been made in the ecological management of landscapes over the past decade."--BOOK JACKET.

Redesigning the American Lawn

Looks at the history of lawns, discusses the ecological impact of lawn care, and argues that Americans must change the way they care for their lawns

Redesigning the American Lawn

Looks at the history of lawns, discusses the ecological impact of lawn care, and argues that Americans must change the way they care for their lawns

The American Lawn

7 Herbert F. Bormann , Diana Balmori , and Gordon T. Geballe , Redesigning the American Lawn : A Search for Environmental Harmony , ed .

The American Lawn

The site of political demonstrations, sporting events, and barbecues, and the object of loving, if not obsessive, care and attention, the lawn is also symbolically tied to our notions of community and civic responsibility, serving in the process as one of the foundations of democracy.

Suburban Sprawl

Herbert F. Bormann , Diana Balmori , and Gordon Geballe , Redesigning the American Lawn : A Search for Environmental Harmony ( New Haven , Conn .

Suburban Sprawl

This book provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary analysis of suburban sprawl development and smart growth alternatives within the contexts of culture, ecology, and politics. It offers a mix of theoretical inquiry, historical analysis, policy critique, and case studies. In addition, each chapter is coupled with featured interviews with leading activists and policymakers working on sprawl issues. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Down to Earth

50. Jenkins, The Lawn, 86–87, 142; Bormann, Balmori, and Geballe, Redesigning the American Lawn, 109. 51. Quoted in Jenkins, The Lawn, 146. 52.

Down to Earth

In this ambitious and provocative text, environmental historian Ted Steinberg offers a sweeping history of our nation--a history that, for the first time, places the environment at the very center of our story. Written with exceptional clarity, Down to Earth re-envisions the story of America "from the ground up." It reveals how focusing on plants, animals, climate, and other ecological factors can radically change the way that we think about the past. Examining such familiar topics as colonization, the industrial revolution, slavery, the Civil War, and the emergence of modern-day consumer culture, Steinberg recounts how the natural world influenced the course of human history. From the colonists' attempts to impose order on the land to modern efforts to sell the wilderness as a consumer good, the author reminds readers that many critical episodes in our history were, in fact, environmental events. He highlights the ways in which we have attempted to reshape and control nature, from Thomas Jefferson's surveying plan, which divided the national landscape into a grid, to the transformation of animals, crops, and even water into commodities. The text is ideal for courses in environmental history, environmental studies, urban studies, economic history, and American history. Passionately argued and thought-provoking, Down to Earth retells our nation's history with nature in the foreground--a perspective that will challenge our view of everything from Jamestown to Disney World.

American Green The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn

Other important interventions in the debate over lawns include: F. Herbert Bormann, Diana Balmori, and Gordon T. Geballe, Redesigning the American Lawn: A ...

American Green  The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn

“Ted Steinberg proves once again that he is a master storyteller as well as our foremost environmental historian.”—Mike Davis The rise of the perfect lawn represents one of the most profound transformations in the history of the American landscape. American Green, Ted Steinberg's witty exposé of this bizarre phenomenon, traces the history of the lawn from its explosion in the postwar suburban community of Levittown to the present love affair with turf colorants, leaf blowers, and riding mowers.

Developing Ecological Consciousness

F. Herbert Bormann, Diana Balmori, and Gordon T. Geballe, Redesigning the American Lawn (New Haven, Conn.; Yale University Press, 1993). 31.

Developing Ecological Consciousness

This book offers an ecology-based, wonder-filled initiation to the Universe and the Planet Earth. It examines the ways in which humans are damaging the Earth and their own bodies and spirits. It also presents paradigms, values, and tools essential for both planetary and personal transformation.

Ecological Entanglements in the Anthropocene

Virginia Scott Jenkins, The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession (Washington: ... Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony (New ...

Ecological Entanglements in the Anthropocene

Ecological Entanglement in the Anthropocene brings together academics, activists, and artists to explore how human and nonhuman worlds act upon and transform one another. This book examines how numerous local practices can productively gesture to actions that exceed the current predictions of impending ecological destruction, with a particular focus upon agriculture, indigeneity and aesthetics.

Lawn People

Bormann, Balmori, Geballe, and Vernegaard's Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony (from 1993) grew from an innovative ...

Lawn People

A comprehensive survey of the American lawn and how caring for it impacts people's lives.

Science for the Sustainable City

s Redesigning the American Lawn and two works by Robbins and colleagues, “Lawns and Toxins” and “Turfgrass Revolution” focused especially on outputs of ...

Science for the Sustainable City

A presentation of key findings and insights from over two decades of research, education, and community engagement in the acclaimed Baltimore Ecosystem Study In a world of more than seven billion people—who mostly reside in cities and towns—the Baltimore Ecosystem Study is recognized as a pioneer in modern urban social-ecological science. After two decades of research, education, and community engagement, there are insights to share, generalizations to examine, and research needs to highlight. This timely volume synthesizes the key findings, melds the perspectives of different disciplines, and celebrates the benefits of interacting with diverse communities and institutions in improving Baltimore’s ecology. These widely applicable insights from Baltimore contribute to our understanding the ecology of other cities, provide a comparison for the global process of urbanization, and inform establishment of urban ecological research elsewhere. Comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and highly original, it gives voice to the wide array of specialists who have contributed to this living urban laboratory.

Aesthetics of the Familiar

F. Herbert Bormann, et al., Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993), p. 75.

Aesthetics of the Familiar

Yuriko Saito explores the nature and significance of the aesthetic dimensions of people's everyday life. Everyday aesthetics has the recognized value of enriching one's life experiences and sharpening one's attentiveness and sensibility. Saito draws out its broader importance for how we make our worlds, environmentally, morally, as citizens and consumers. Saito urges that we have a social responsibility to encourage cultivation of aesthetic literacy and vigilance against aesthetic manipulation. Yuriko Saito argues that ultimately, everyday aesthetics can be an effective instrument for directing the humanity's collective and cumulative world-making project for the betterment of all its inhabitants. Everyday aesthetics has been seen as a challenge to contemporary Anglo-American aesthetics discourse, which is dominated by the discussion of art and beauty. Saito responds to controversies about the nature, boundary, and status of everyday aesthetics and argues for its legitimacy. She highlights the multi-faceted aesthetic dimensions of everyday life that are not fully accounted for by the commonly-held account of defamiliarizing the familiar.

Princeton Alumni Weekly

Books ROOTS OF GRASS Defying the “ industrial ” lawn , three experts offer new ways to greener pastures REDESIGNING THE AMERICAN LAWN : A SEARCH FOR ...

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The Boilerplate Rhino

Most of the data I've just cited come from a gently iconoclastic book titled Redesigning the American Lawn, compiled by F. Herbert Bormann and some ...

The Boilerplate Rhino

A collection of twentysix essays about the natural world captures the relationship between human and animal, with such topics as rattlesnakes and their handlers, and spiders and arachnophobia, all told in an entertaining, enlightening style.

Lawn Wars

3 Borman, F. Herbert, Balmori, Diana, & Geballe, Gordon T., Vernegaard, Lisa, Ed. Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony, ...

Lawn Wars

Like it or not, we're embedded in the natural world. We might as well learn to live more harmoniusly with it. Part memoir, part how-to, part problem-solving, Lawn Wars gives a historical context and resources for a new movement that is showing up across the nation. Difficulties encountered by aspiring natural landscapers are explored with wit and factual information. The rich rewards of making such a shift are described in lyrical prose as the author tells her own story of heartache and delight.

The American Meadow Garden

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The American Meadow Garden

If there's one lesson every homeowner must learn, it's this: The traditional lawn is a huge, time consuming, synthetic-chemical sucking mistake. The time has come to look for new ways to create friendly, livable spaces around our homes. In The American Meadow Garden, ornamental grass expert John Greenlee creates a new model for homeowners and gardeners. For Greenlee, a meadow isn't a random assortment of messy, anonymous grasses. Rather, it is a shimmering mini-ecosystem, in which regionally appropriate grasses combine with colorful perennials to form a rich tapestry that is friendly to all life — with minimal input of water, time, and other scarce resources. Kids and pets can play in complete safety, and birds and butterflies flock there. A prairie style planting is a place you want to be. With decades of experience as a nurseryman and designer, John Greenlee is the perfect guide. He details all the practicalities of site preparation, plant selection, and maintenance; particularly valuable are his explanations of how ornamental grasses perform in different climates and areas. Gorgeous photography by Saxon Holt visually illustrates the message with stunning examples of meadow gardens from across the country. We've reached a stage where we can no longer follow past practices unthinkingly, particularly when those practices are wasteful and harmful to the environment. It's time to get rid of the old-fashioned lawn and embrace a sane and healthy future: the American meadow garden.

Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces

Turfgrass is not native to North America . ... professor and coauthor of the book Redesigning the American Lawn , sees the change as a recent one .

Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces

Christian historian Sidney Mead has observed: "In America space has played the part that time has played in older cultures of the world." In Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces, Jon Pahl examines this provocative statement in conversation with what he calls the "spatial character" of American theology. He argues that places are always imaginatively constructed by the human beings who inhabit them. Sometimes this spatial theology works to our benefit; other times it poses spiritual risks. What happens when our banal "clothing of the sacred" violates our genuine need for comfort and intimacy? Or when we remember that the fleeting pleasures of a shopping trip or a Disneyland escape are designed to fill someone else's pocket rather than the spiritual emptiness in our own hearts? Pahl develops several ways to "clothe the divine from within the Christian tradition." He introduces a theology of place that reveals aspects of God's character through biblical metaphors drawn from physical spaces, such as the true vine, the rock, and the living water. Accessible and thought provoking, this enlightening book provides a better grasp of our particularly American way of lending religious significance to spaces of all kinds.

Encyclopedia of Environment and Society

Lawns cover an estimated 128,000 square kilometers (31.6 million acres) of the ... F. Herbert Bormann et al., Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for ...

Encyclopedia of Environment and Society

The Encyclopedia of Environment and Society brings together multiplying issues, concepts, theories, examples, problems, and policies, with the goal of clearly explicating an emerging way of thinking about people and nature. With more than 1,200 entries written by experts from incredibly diverse fields, this innovative resource is a first step toward diving into the deep pool of emerging knowledge. The five volumes of this Encyclopedia represent more than a catalogue of terms. Rather, they capture the spirit of the moment, a fascinating time when global warming and genetic engineering represent only two of the most obvious examples of socio-environmental issues.

American Plants for American Gardens

Similarly, Redesigning the American Lawn by F. Herbert Bormann, Diana Balmori, and Gordon T. Geballe (1993), describes some of the problems asso— ciated ...

American Plants for American Gardens

Undeservedly out of print for decades, American Plants for American Gardens was one of the first popular books to promote the use of plant ecology and native plants in gardening and landscaping. Emphasizing the strong links between ecology and aesthetics, nature and design, the book demonstrates the basic, practical application of ecological principles to the selection of plant groups or "associations" that are inherently suited to a particular climate, soil, topography, and lighting. Specifically, American Plants for American Gardens focuses on the vegetation concentrated in the northeastern United States, but which extends from the Atlantic Ocean west to the Alleghenies and south to Georgia. The plant community settings featured include the open field, hillside, wood and grove, streamside, ravine, pond, bog, and seaside. Plant lists and accompanying texts provide valuable information for the design and management of a wide range of project types: residential properties, school grounds, corporate office sites, roadways, and parks. In his introduction, Darrel G. Morrison locates American Plants for American Gardens among a handful of influential early books advocating the protection and use of native plants--a major area of interest today among serious gardeners, landscape architects, nursery managers, and students of ecology, botany, and landscape design. Included is an appendix of plant name changes that have occurred since the book's original publication in 1929. Ahead of their time in many ways, Edith A. Roberts and Elsa Rehmann can now speak to new generations of ecologically conscious Americans.

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies

Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Christians, Nick and Ashton Richie. 2002.

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies


The Organic Lawn Care Manual

Redesigning the American Lawn. Yale University Press, 2001. Easy Lawns: Low Maintenance Native Grasses for Gardeners Everywhere. Brooklyn Botanic Garden ...

The Organic Lawn Care Manual

Create a gorgeous lawn that is free of harsh chemicals. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to grow and maintain a thriving lawn using organic gardening methods. With expert advice on planting the best grass varieties, nourishing the soil, watering, fighting weeds, and sustainable maintenance, Paul Tukey helps you create a luscious and inviting lawn that is pesticide-free and safe for your children and pets.