I have often written on this blog about the lawn.
To this day the lawn embodies the classic English garden. That idea struck me in a book I am currently reading.
English garden writer Edward Hyams wrote in his book The English Garden: “Lawn surrounded by borders of flowering shrubs, surrounded in their turn by completely enclosing trees, is a very characteristic feature of the English garden.”
Perhaps we need to devote less space to one, however.
Even perhaps replace part of the lawn with groundcover or herbs.
It is amazing that the green grass continues in importance.
The James Vick Seed Company from Rochester, New York wrote in its magazine Vick’s Illustrated Monthly in 1884: “The lawn-mower and the massing of showy plants in beds gave a remarkable impetus to gardening in this country, and they have transformed the village and suburban grounds from plots of high-grown, tangled grass and weeds to carpets of emerald, studded with bright jewels.”
It seems the role of the lawn for the American gardener has always been important.