Perspectives on Lawn Alternatives

Perspectives on Lawn Alternatives

This month Susan Harris, garden blogger for and, visited the Scott Arboretum for a class on lawn alternatives. Check out what she had to say about our lawn alternatives. You can visit our lawn alternative plantings behind Beardsley Hall and outside of the Glade Garden.

Becky Robert
  • Barbara Shaw
    Posted at 09:39h, 17 November Reply

    The gardenRant website is great. Thanks for passing this on. It’s almost hellebore time. Do you thing a short blog about these great plants would be interesting?

  • Becky Robert
    Posted at 10:56h, 17 November Reply

    Dear Barbara, GardenRant is my favorite garden blog too. We definitely talk about hellebores sometime this winter. Keep reading!

  • John Manion
    Posted at 09:01h, 19 November Reply


    Is that Carex pennsylvanica in the photo?


  • Becky Robert
    Posted at 09:13h, 19 November Reply

    Dear John,
    This is an image of Liriope spicata from our John W. Nason Garden. Liriope gives a lovely appearance of a lawn but will not take foot traffic. It needs to cut back in early winter. A word of caution, we have to remove the growth of Liriope around our trees and shrubs because rodents like the tall growth of Liriope and will sharpen their teeth on the woody stems during the winter. This often results in girdling of the tree.

  • Ted Patterson
    Posted at 17:44h, 26 November Reply

    Thanks for these links. Susan Harris’ photos and comments make great notes–even for someone who attended the workshop and went on the slightly damp tour.

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