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Hellstrip Gardening: Create a Paradise between the Sidewalk and the Curb

By Evelyn J. Hadden

Photographs by Joshua McCullough

Foreword by Lauren Springer Ogden

Inspiration for urban gardeners.

Chicago Tribune

The hellstrip — the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip — is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and even to conserve resources.

Hellstrip Gardening by Evelyn Hadden, the author of the acclaimed Beautiful No-Mow Yards, is the first book to show you exactly how to reclaim this oft-ignored space. This comprehensive guide covers how to determine the city and home owner's association rules governing the area, choose plants that thrive in tough situations, design pathways for accessibility, and much more. Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens across the country offer inspiration and visual guidance to anyone ready to tackle this final frontier.

With Hellstrip Gardening in hand, you can finally create the paradise you want in the most unexpected of places!

Media reviews

"An entertaining new book.…It shares ways to turn the ugly wasteland between sidewalk or driveway and the curb into lovely floral borders."

Charlotte Observer

"A lively book. ... Both a design manual and an encouragement to embrace overlooked spaces."

Landscape Architecture

"A creative and environmentally friendly gardening book, Hellstrip Gardening is a fine choice for both dreamers and doers. Hadden has ideas not only for that awkward (and presumably hellish) space between person and street, but also for medians, parking lot islands, community gardens — anyplace there is land to plant."

Shelf Awareness

"Inspiration for urban gardeners."

Chicago Tribune

"Hadden will help you through the toughest planting challenges, whether you're planting an actual hellstrip or your yard just seems like one."

Garden & Gun Online

"How could I not love Hellstrip Gardening? The subject is fun and inspiring."

—Susan Harris, Garden Rant

About the author

Evelyn J. Hadden

National speaker and award-winning author of four gardening books, including Beautiful No-Mow Yards, Evelyn Hadden encourages property owners to convert unused, unloved lawns to more rewarding landscapes. Evelyn founded the informational website LessLawn and is a founding member of the national Lawn Reform Coalition, as well as a partner at the lauded and provocative team blog GardenRant.

Read more about Evelyn J. Hadden

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