The lawn is a gift of the English garden tradition from the eighteenth century. Early…
James Vick , nineteenth century seedsman from Rochester, New York, ran a successful seed company that listed customers across the country. His yearly catalogs and monthly magazine testifed to both his writing and business skills.
In his catalog and magazine he advocated for the English style of home landscape. He promoted a lawn, ribbon and carpet beds, rock gardens, groups of shrubs, and trees that bordered the property.
Vick loved the English garden style and so, like other seed and nursery businesses of that period, persuaded his customers that was the kind of landscape for America’s middle class as well.