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Friend-of-Rant Benjamin Vogt wrote to tell me about his exciting new project on Indiegogo -ripping out his front lawn and replacing it with a wildlife garden that he’ll use to spread the word about how beautiful wildlife and native-plant gardens can be – even in front yards.  He went on to say:

I’ll be bringing as many tours and talks to this new garden as I can, writing about it at Houzz and my blog and elsewhere (and sourcing the native plants at a local nonprofit nursery). With neighbors who mow 3x a week, water daily, and even use scissors to clip grass on hands and knees, my wife and I have our work cut out for us.

Click here to read more and then contribute before the campaign ends on September 14.

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Susan Harris
on September 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm, in the category Gardening on the Planet, Lawn Reform.


  1. This is the kind of project we need more of: naturalistic/wildlife gardens built on modest sized lots smack dab in the middle of the suburbs. It seems like a lot of the beautiful naturalistic gardens I see in magazines and books are in the country, on lots of an acre plus.

  2. I enjoyed the video and applaud his efforts. It makes total sense with the drought issues so many are facing. I just don’t get the “fund raising” part. Put your money to better use by doing this to a small or large area of your own yard.

  3. Precisely. Buy your own damn seed, Ben, like I did. And don’t ask me to underwrite your teaching career either. I’ve been giving free talks to the public through master gardeners about meadow-making for years.

  4. “I got mine, you go get your own!” – Exactly the attitude that is bringing this country to its knees. What happened to community support for a worthwhile cause? I’m in for $25 (which is coming out of my bulb budget).

  5. Its certainly innovative… I’ve got a variety of projects in mind on both public and private spaces where resources are limited and these projects are unlikely to move forward. I’m going to watch this process and copy it like hell! Good luck Benjamin.

  6. I can’t believe we did it! I can’t wait to start something! Lots of updates will come on my blog The Deep Middle, an article in my weekly column on, and on my Facebook page Milk the Weed. Thank you all!

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