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Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change

By Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher

An invaluable and provocative resource for gardeners who want to collaborate with their local ecologies—and save themselves both heartbreak and backbreak.

New York Times Book Review

This lushly-photographed reference is an important moment in horticulture that will be embraced by anyone looking for a better, smarter way to garden. Larry Weaner is an icon in the world of ecological landscape design, and now his revolutionary approach is available to all gardeners. Garden Revolution shows how an ecological approach to planting can lead to beautiful gardens that buck much of conventional gardening’s counter-productive, time-consuming practices. Instead of picking the wrong plant and then constantly tilling, weeding, irrigating, and fertilizing, Weaner advocates for choosing plants that are adapted to the soil and climate of a specific site and letting them naturally evolve over time. Allowing the plants to find their own niches, to spread their seed around until they find the microclimate and spot that suits them best, creates a landscape that is vibrant, dynamic, and gorgeous year after year.

Media reviews

"An invaluable and provocative resource for gardeners who want to collaborate with their local ecologies—and save themselves both heartbreak and backbreak."

New York Times Book Review

"What is marvellous about reading this book is the powerful sense of those lifetimes of knowledge and skill being shared, and so concisely—there is hardly a spare sentence here ... Illustrations are plentiful, clear and enticing ... I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wants to work with wild or ecological planting styles; we can all learn a lot from it."

Gardens Illustrated

"This book is more about the hands-on, how-to specifics of getting the job done, such as attracting pollinators, figuring out what plants to use where (with a bent on natives) and how to keep the weed aspect of Mother Nature under control."


"There’s inspiration here, from the honesty with which the authors address climate change to the experiential wisdom they bring to every aspect of the complex process of creating a landscape."


"A guide to every aspect of a new kind of garden based on age-old laws—nature’s law."

Country Gardens

"There’s a way to design and plant that’s beneficial to the environment, that looks beautiful, and that saves you—the homeowner— from a lot of toil and trouble ... the principles he outlines can be adapted for almost any garden, so it’s a book that you’ll want on your bookshelf ... This is a book that’s long, long overdue."

Garden Design

About the authors

Larry Weaner

Larry Weaner is a leading figure in North American landscape design and founder of the educational program series New Directions in the American Landscape. His firm Larry Weaner Landscape Associates is known for combining ecological restoration with traditions of fine garden design and has received the top three design awards from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

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Thomas Christopher

Thomas Christopher, a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture, has created gardens for clients for forty years. He is the author of many books, including Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden.

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