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Victorian Home Landscape Required Lawn

Victorian home landscape required lawn. The lawn became an important part of the American home landscape in the nineteenth century. The seed and nursery catalogs often featured a lawn in illustrations and offered the best method of laying out and…

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Lawn Became Essential Landscape Feature

Lawn Became Essential Landscape Feature Beginning in 1859, and for the next twenty-nine years,  Philadelphia nurseryman Thomas Meehan published a magazine called Gardener’s Monthly.  In the first pages of each issue he provided advice on taking care of the lawn, thus reinforcing…

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1890s Lawn Seed Ad Linked to Public Garden

By the 1890s modern advertising sought to motivate the buyer by an emotional appeal. Recently I spent an afternoon examining nineteenth century seed catalogs at the library of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. A grass seed ad in a catalog from…

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