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Lawns Took Center Stage in Nineteenth Century Garden Advice

It is now the month of November and few people think about the lawn as we head into the clasp of the chill of winter.

Yet in the first part of every issue of his nineteenth century magazine Gardener’s Monthly Philadelphia nurseryman Thomas Meehan (1826-1901) wrote about lawns.

Notice the height the lawn takes at Opus One Winery in California.
I could not believe the shape of this lawn I saw recently at Opus One Winery in Oakville, California.

He was, of course, highlighing how important they were for every American home landscape.

Meehan wrote in the 1861 September issue of his magazine: “The beauty of English lawns is proverbial; and the highest aim of our gardening is to have lawns like them.”

Not only did every home need a lawn. The Engish provided the model for the lawn.




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