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Reimagining the California Lawn:
Water-conserving Plants, Practices, and Designs

Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O’Brien

Reimagining the California Lawn features water-conserving plants from around the world and offers design ideas and practical solutions to help you create a vibrant garden that complements our mediterranean climate. From greenswards and meadows to succulent and kitchen gardens, this book presents alternatives to the traditional lawn that can reduce water use, beautify the landscape, and attract birds and butterflies. The authors of Reimagining the California Lawn—Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O’Brien—are visionary horticulturists who wrote the award-winning book California Native Plants for the Garden. With this new publication, they share their passion for water-wise plants and landscapes to help Californians discover the many possibilities and pleasures that come with reimagining the lawn.

If you are thinking about removing or reducing your lawn, this inspiring book is the perfect companion to help you begin the process. Its detailed text provides information about how to plan, install, and maintain an attractive landscape that can replace your lawn and describes hundreds of water-thrifty plants from California and other mediterranean climates of the world.  Reimagining the California Lawn is illustrated with more than 300 color photographs and offers a variety of plant palettes to choose from as you begin the process of creating a more sustainable landscape.


160 pages, 7.5” x 10.25”; 300 color photos; appendices; references and selected reading; index
ISBN: 978-0-9789971-2-0 (Paperback), 978-0-9789971-3-7 (Hardcover)


"Maybe you want to remove your lawn. Maybe you want to shrink it to make way for flowers, food plants or a shade tree. Maybe you don’t know what you want. A new book written by three of California’s most knowledgeable horticulturists lays out options.

Reimagining the California Lawn is a long-needed tool to reduce carbon and water footprints while preserving beauty and utility. The book is for Californians by Californians. No other author or imprint can rival Bornstein, Fross, and O’Brien’s careful selection of species, plant profiles, clear pictures and reliable notes about where each type of plant will thrive and what it will need. Within weeks of buying this book, a motivated beginner could have a plan, a plant list, and a set of affordable, achievable goals."

— Emily Green, Los Angeles Times

"The new book, a typically handsome Cachuma Press product, combines inspiration with practical advice to replace thirsty lawns with something more sustainable and interesting."

— Joe Eaton, Ron Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle

"These three authors have provided an excellent new treatise and reference, addressing the reasons for removing a lawn and offering innovative options for replacing it."

— Richard G. Turner, Pacific Horticulture

"In-depth text provides guidance for planning, installing and maintaining an attractive alternative to greedy grass and describes hundreds pf appropriate plants from California and the other Mediterranean climates of the world.

Boasting more than 300 glorious color photographs and a wide variety of plant palettes from which to choose, this timely book helps creative gardeners build a beautiful and sustainable landscape."

— K. Reka Badger, Santa Barbara News-Press

"Reimagining the California Lawn provides a comprehensive set of tools to reinterpret your garden. It's an excellent resource, whether you're planning to replace your lawn, or just make it more efficient."

— Joan S. Bolton, Santa Maria Times

"Lawns and turfgrass are so much a part of our suburban consciousness that even when you want to reduce the size of your lawn, it is hard to imagine what it might look like or how to go about the transformation. Reimagining the California Lawn is the book you’ve been looking for. It will answer many questions and provide guidance as well as practical solutions to common problems during the transition from lawn to a more sustainable landscape."

— Jeanne Santangelo, Marinscope Community Newspapers

"If you are interested in reducing or replacing your lawn, Reimagining the California Lawn provides the information and inspiration for a successful transition."

— Tom Karwin, Monterey County Herald

"The book is attractively designed, well written, easy to use, authoritative and, at 154 pages, compact enough not to overwhelm readers. Whether you want to do the work yourself or hire it out, you can consult this useful manual at every step, from reducing or removing turf to deciding between, say, blue grama and red fescue."

— Tanya Kucak, Los Altos Town Crier

"The authors display an astounding level of expertise, and offer a level of detail well beyond the range of most gardening books."

— Susan Morrison, "Blue Planet Garden Blog"

"Plenty of beautiful photographs, clear and concise writing, nice layout."

— Virginia Hayes, Santa Barbara Independent

"The authors ...give detailed information about how to plan, install, and maintain alternative landscapes. The Plant Profiles, illustrated with more than 300 color photographs show the amazing variety of plants that can transform your former lawn area into new eye-catching and cost-effective arrangements."

— Patricia Kutza, Vallejo Community Issues Examiner

"While this book isn't native-only, the authors show how to design with natives in a way that is beautiful and fits into most people's ideas of what a lovely garden or landscape should look like."

— Genevieve Schmidt, "Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens" Website

"Reimagining's plant recommendations might be specific to California gardeners (and probably crosses over to bordering states), but what it says about the reasons for reimagining the role of lawns in our landscapes should be food for thought for anyone concerned about the uncertainty of changing global weather patterns."

— Billy Goodnick, "Fine Gardening Blog"

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