Turning an old aluminum baking rack onto its side and planting it with bamboo wouldn’t seem controversial to most people, but Matthew Levesque sees it as an act of sedition. “It’s really a revolutionary stance against standardized and expensive landscaping,” he says, standing in the compact and colorful backyard of his Alameda [California] home.
“Using indigenous and local materials in garden design opens up a new world of possibilities.”
Levesque’s new book, “The Revolutionary Yardscape: Ideas for Repurposing Local Materials to Create Containers, Pathways, Lighting, and More” (Timber Press; $22.95), aims to demystify the process and provide inspiration.
It is filled with photos and how-to instructions for the projects that fill Levesque’s own yard, from an acrylic downspout filled with eyeglass lens blanks, to garden lighting fashioned from chrome closet poles, to patio areas paved with scraps of granite and marble salvaged from kitchen redesigns.