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Since the seventeenth century the English landscape style encouraged the lawn. The lawn became part of the English garden aesthetic.
American landscape designer Frank Scott wrote The Art of Beautifying Home Grounds of Small Extent in 1870. The lawn, he said, played an essential role in landscaping the ‘home grounds’.
Scott mentioned in the book his mentor, A. J. Downing, who, in turn, looked to the famous editor of England’s Garden Monthly J. C. Loudon as his inspiration. Each writer proposed the lawn.
The Philadelphia nurseryman Thomas Meehan in the 1872 issue of his magazine Gardener’s Monthly included this review of Scott’s book: “Certainly we must speak for American gardening, and return thanks in its behalf. It marks an era in our literature of which we may well be proud.”
Scott’s book would inspire much of American gardening, as Meehan predicted, til the end of the century. The home landscape would of course include the English lawn.