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A Gardener Eliminates the Lawn

This past weekend I attended the annual garden tour in Newburyport, Ma.

I saw a garden that had no grass.

How well I remember the words of the nineteenth century seed companies like James Vick in Rochester who wrote in his 1873 catalog: “No arrangement of beds, or borders of box, or anything else, will look so neat and tasteful as a well kept piece of grass.”

The seed and nursery catalogs considered the lawn an essential part of the home landscape.

A pea-stone back yard I saw on a garden tour this weekend.
A pea-stone back yard I saw on a garden tour this weekend.

This home I saw in Newburyport had both a pea-stone driveway and back yard.  There was no grass  anywhere.

I was amazed when I saw this garden.

Here a homeowner chose a way to eliminate  the lawn which has been so much a part of our gardening for decades.

It certainly made me take notice.


Congratulations to the winner of the Book Giveaway for my new book America’s Romance withe English Garden. The winner, randomly chosen, was Nancy Krause, who made comment #5 to the post.  Thanks to all of you who participated with your comment.

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