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Prairie Up Virtual Book Launch: Getting Started with a Lawn to Meadow Conversion with Benjamin Vogt

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University of Illinois Press
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Jan 24, 2023   12:00 pm  
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Join Benjamin Vogt, author of Prairie Up: An Introduction to Natural Garden Design for a presentation on lawn to meadow conversion and a Q&A where he will answer your burning questions about bringing wildness back into your yard.

Benjamin Vogt is the owner of Monarch Gardens, a prairie-inspired design firm based in the Midwest, and author of the disruptive, call-to-action "A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future." Benjamin’s award-winning writing and photography have appeared in some one hundred publications including The American Gardener, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Houzz, Midwest Living, Orion, and a variety of literary and gardening books. As a sought-after speaker, he presents widely on artful and ecologically meaningful design for both wildlife and people, helping us to rethink pretty in a time of climate disruption. A native of Oklahoma and raised in Minnesota, Benjamin has an MFA from The Ohio State University and a PhD from the University of Nebraska.

About the book:
Landscaping with native plants has encouraged gardeners from the Midwest and beyond to embark on a profound scientific, ecological, and emotional partnership with nature. Benjamin Vogt shares his expertise with prairie plants in a richly photographed guide aimed at gardeners and homeowners, making big ideas about design approachable and actionable. Step-by-step blueprints point readers to plant communities that not only support wildlife and please the eye but that rethink traditional planting and maintenance. Additionally, Vogt provides insider information on plant sourcing, garden tools, and working with city ordinances. This book will be an invaluable reference in sustainable garden design for those wanting both beautiful and functional landscapes. Easy to use and illustrated with over 150 color photos, Prairie Up is a practical guide to artfully reviving diversity and wildness in our communities.
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