Editor's note: This weekend, the Missoulian visits with local residents who are transforming their yards and boulevards, the public spaces in front of their homes, from lawn to prairie grasses, vegetable plantings, and gardens of rock and lilies of the valley. We also discuss the city regulations in place for the public spaces, and their effects.

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Sunday: The city regulations and their effects. Also, meet Marina Snow, who tore out her lumpy lawn near the Hip Strip and planted a rock garden, lilies of the valley and other native plants in her yard and boulevard.

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Monday: Meet Prairie Sievers, who ripped the sod from her huge front yard at the base of the South Hills in 2006 and has a meadow of native grasses and colorful wildflowers growing there.

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Tuesday: Meet Raechell Coy on the Westside. She, her fiance and their neighbors are growing vegetables in a straw bale garden planted in the boulevard. They're also offering water to thirsty bees.

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