The Revolutionary Yardscape

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Budget-friendly, environmentally sound, and one-of-a-kind, discovering new uses for what you already have or what you discover in the salvage yard is truly living local. It reduces a garden’s environmental impact, saves money, and — most importantly — is fun and creative. From making pathways out of scrap wood and metal to creating garden lights from discarded indoor fixtures, The Revolutionary Yardscape features dozens of garden design projects and inspirational ideas for taking advantage of salvaged materials ...
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Overview


Budget-friendly, environmentally sound, and one-of-a-kind, discovering new uses for what you already have or what you discover in the salvage yard is truly living local. It reduces a garden’s environmental impact, saves money, and — most importantly — is fun and creative. From making pathways out of scrap wood and metal to creating garden lights from discarded indoor fixtures, The Revolutionary Yardscape features dozens of garden design projects and inspirational ideas for taking advantage of salvaged materials found in the home, junkyard, or thrift store.

A master of using reclaimed items, expert Matthew Levesque covers the basics of hardscaping, garden construction, and outdoor decor using local materials. He includes essential techniques and step-by-step guidance for transforming unconventional salvaged materials into pathways, decking, fences, screens, containers, seating, and more. The Revolutionary Yardscape also shows readers how to see the beauty and possibility in salvaged materials. Levesque gives tips on how to think outside the garden box — from imagining a pile of old keys becoming a rain chain to seeing the infinite possibilities in scrap metal and piping.

This new set of skills embraces the idea of finding an object first and letting the design plan follow. Vividly illustrated with photographs of exciting contemporary projects, The Revolutionary Yardscape will make gardeners think outside the box by designing with unexpected materials.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
“Levesque's new book aims to demystify the process and provide inspiration.”
Akron Beacon Journal

Matthew Levesque takes the idea of reuse to strange and wonderful places in the garden.
Oregonian

“Levesque's new book aims to demystify the process and provide inspiration.”
New York Times

"If you've got a garage, you've got junk. Heck, if you've got a closet, drawer or shelf, you've got junk. Not in the eyes of Matthew Levesque, though. This guy can turn anything into garden decor. The best part? He'll show you how to do it, too."

Sunset

"A provocative book that will thrill anyone whose ideal venue for window-shopping is the transfer station (a k a the dump)."
Newsday

“Helps readers look at old junk with fresh eyes and come up with their own reuses.”

Newark Star Ledger

"Full of creative and imaginative ideas for recycling local materials into containers, pathways, seating and other hardscape features for your yard and garden."
Buffalo Spree

"A valuable source for ideas on working art, paths, water features and other ornamentation into backyard landscapes."

SciTech Book News

“This fantastic book full of innovative ideas will overturn readers preconceived notions about salvaged materials and their potential.”

Chicago Tribune

“Levesque incorporates the unlikely into creative solutions for the garden and patio.”

GardenofPossibilities.com

“An apostle of recycling.”
ElementalCheapness.com

You’ll never look at junk the same way again. Talk about ‘green’ gardening!
CommonWeeder.com

This author takes it to a whole other level.
Greenfield Recorder

Levesque takes the idea of reuse to strange and wonderful places in the garden.
Courier-Journal

Using recycled materials in the garden is hardly new, but few do it with Matthew Levesque's flair.
From the Publisher

“Levesque is a master at crafting yard décor from cast-off materials that otherwise would stuff landfills or litter vacant lots.”
Library Journal
Artist and activist Levesque's worthy goal is to teach readers to repurpose and reclaim materials for landscaping and outdoor living. He makes recycling stylish. The examples show the possibilities for giving old and exhausted material a new life in the yard. Projects also include information on designing outdoors spaces. This fantastic book, full of innovative ideas, will overturn readers' preconceived notions about salvaged materials and their potential. Highly recommended.
Dominique Browning
…provocative…an artist has to stretch—and Levesque does so with aplomb.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881929973
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/13/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,462,244
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author


A pioneer in the art of using recycled materials in cutting-edge garden design, Matthew Levesque is the program director and master of recycled art at the nonprofit San Francisco company Building Resources and the Red Shovel Glass Company. He has appeared on HGTV, the Discovery Channel, the San Francisco CBS affiliate, and other local broadcasts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    not recommended for everyday do-it-yourselfer

    This book was not what I expected, but it may have been because I did not thoroughly research contents of book before I purchased. I thought the ideas were based on items found in flea markets, old homes,and common household cast-offs such as: old tools, old concrete pieces, windows, pots, furniture, etc. I was disappointed that most of the primary materials used were cast-offs from manufacturers and commercial materials. The pictures and ideas were good, but not for the everyday do-it-yourself backyard.

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