There is a new book coming out called Reimagining the California Lawn that I am just giddy over. I can’t wait to pour over it, be inspired by it and put it into play. It’s not that I don’t understand or appreciate the draw of turf. It does feel good under bare feet on a hot summer day. The problem is I haven’t done that since I was a kid lolly-gagging away the summer. Now I look at those vast green lawns and see ‘water hogs’ and lack of depth and life. Really! When was the last time you saw any activity on anybody’s front lawn. No people, no animals. With a shift in thought, imagine shrubs that hold berries for the native birds or flowers for the butterflies and hummingbirds. Can you see the ornamental grasses swaying in the breeze? There you are sitting in a sturdy teak chair with a soft red cushion, cup of coffee in hand and book on your lap. You can’t help but watch the butterflies and you listen to the speedy wings of the hummingbirds. Serenity. Imagine that!