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Cultivate a Garden, not a Lawn

Los Angeles-based architect Fritz Haeg thinks front lawns are basically status symbols that serves no purpose other than looking pretty. His new cause is a movement to replace front lawns with productive fruit and vegetable gardens.

He calls such gardens “edible estates.” One of his prototype gardens is in Lakewood, an L.A. suburb. The Foti family removed their front lawn and planted beans, squash and Hungarian cucumbers in its place, donated by Armstrong Garden Centers. At the moment, Fritz has plans for nine other edible estates.

Fritz founded the gardenLAb program at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design with the premise that front lawns isolate home owners, while front gardens will engender more interaction among neighbors.

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