The revolutionary yardscape Ideas for repurposing local materials to create containers, pathways, lighting, and more

Matthew Levesque

Book - 2010

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Portland, Or. : Timber Press 2010.
Physical Description
189 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Matthew Levesque (-)
  • Slipping and sliding to the starting line
  • The goods and where to get them
  • More than your hands alone
  • Walk on this
  • Making good neighbors
  • Arbors and other over-the-top ideas
  • Contain yourself
  • Sitting this one out
  • A candle against the night.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

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. [Page 134]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

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

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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 (

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.