Wow. Our new Advisory Member* David Salman is really carrying the word with the 2011 High Country Gardens catalog. Just look at the cover and inside cover above. Now focus just below David's photo and you'll see our little Lawn Reform badge and his plugging of the Coalition and this very site. So thanks, David, and welcome, High Country customers!
Then of course big chunks of the catalog offer actual plants that work well as alternatives to lawn. They come in three categories: native or low-water grass choices, wildflower meadows, and galloping groundcovers. Those grass choices include Buffalo grasses, Blue Gramma, No-Mow, and others I hadn't heard of yet. Interesting stuff!
PLUS, there are two planned gardens that will change people's minds about planned gardens. One is "The New American Front Yard" that promises to "take your yard from montony to botany". It combines small lawns of low-care native grasses with masses of shrubs, perennials and larger grasses - wonderful stuff!
And then there's the tough-yet-gorgeous "Sizzling Colors Inferno Strip Garden" by Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden. They're the awesome couple who wrote the popular Plant Driven Design, and they're regular designers for HCG. Great partnership between a grower and designer-writers in their region.
Big kudos are in order to David and the gang at HCG for their 2011 catalog! It's exciting to see so many great water-wise plants being offered, and bundled up with so much good customer education.
I'm told the digital version of the catalog is almost ready, and I promose to link to it right here.
*Let me quickly relieve the minds of readers who - rightly in my opinion - are always on the look-out for sell-outs, and who may want to know more about our relationship with High Country Gardens.
David and HCG are more like partners in lawn reform than a commercial partner with the Coalition. David is pitching in 100 bucks toward our modest website expenses, just like the rest of the members. And like our other plant-selling Advisory Member - Neil Diboll at Prairie Nursery - he has no vote in Coalition business decisions. Both companies are providing plants that we want more people to use so yes, we're happy to bring them a bit more attention.