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Americans Love Their Living Landscape

Here is a fascinating infographic based on a survey carried out this winter by the OPEI (Outdoor Power Equipment Institute). Although the survey was done in the US, I can definitely see a very similar—if not identical—pattern here in Canada and I wonder if it doesn’t apply as well in England, Australia and other parts of the world.

I’m personally not so much a lawn guy as a garden guy, but I’m still happy to hear that green largely beats asphalt and cement in our home landscapes. Long may green reign!

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There’s more information and scientific facts about living landscapes at

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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