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The Lawn: a History of an American Obsession

Author(s): Virginia Scott Jenkins

Year: 1994

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

ISBN: 1560984066

Subject: Sustainable Landscaping

Comments: From Virginia Scott Jenkins shows that this uniquely American landscape form is not a native one: indigenous New World grasses were munched into extinction by the colonists' Old World livestock, and the very concept of the lawn was borrowed from the romantic English parks of Capability Brown and from the French tapis vert. But gradual suburbanization and the shaming tactics of appearance-minded neighbors led America to become completely besotted with grass---and lawn care

Last Updated: 2011-09-26

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