The Revolutionary Yardscape

The Revolutionary Yardscape

Ideas for Repurposing Local Materials to Create Containers, Pathways, Lighting, and More

Book - 2010
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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 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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Offers instructions for creating environmentally and budget friendly one-of-a-kind garden designs.

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Transforming such materials as discarded stove elements, copper pipe, copper sheet, tumbled ceramic dish shards, and used timbers into uniform and attractive building materials, Levesque incorporates the unlikely into creative solutions for the garden and patio. Filled with specific guidelines on how various tools and materials are best used, and where to acquire used materials, the book includes sections on containers, fences, seating, decking, pathways, and outdoor candleholders that give directions on their materials and creation. Filled with photos, this practical guide also includes a glossary and list of resources. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, c2010
Description: 189 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780881929973
Branch Call Number: 684.18 Lev


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Apr 19, 2017

A true 'use what you have' style inspiration for the reuse and recycle DIYers! Some of the ideas not so practical (Glass stepping stones? Slippery!), but many more clear photos of how to take twisted scrap and make it visually appealing.

Apr 02, 2014

A usual, the author is based in the "south," in this case, San Francisco, so I am not sure how well these projects will withstand our winters. But he certainly makes you think of ways of reusing things to make containers, pathways, sculptures, lighting, and my favourite, rain chains.

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