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Rethink the Lawn

The lawn is a gift of the English garden tradition from the eighteenth century. Early America loved the lawn. Philadelphia horticulturist and writer Thomas Meahan praised the lawn in the 1861 edition of his garden magazine, Gardener's Monthly. He wrote,…

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The kitchen garden, or vegetable garden as it became known, has a long history in the story of gardening. Therese O'Malley writes about the walled garden tradition in her book, Keywords In American Landscape Design. She says "All citations emphasized…

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Olmsted’s Legacy

We recently celebrated Frederick Law Olmsted's birthday. He was born April 26, 1822 - two hundred years ago. What to me is astounding about Olmsted is his passion to make public green spaces available to all, especially in the many…

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Landscape as Rhetoric

Hidcote Manor is a garden in the United Kingdom, located at the village of Hidcote Bartrim. The garden has its own rhetoric, or language, in its wonderful separate rooms. Hidcote Manor Garden Landscape architect Anne Whiston Spirn in her book The Language…

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