The Lawn by Virginia Scott Jenkins
A History of an American Obsession

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Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comprehensive history of this uniquely American obsession, Virginia Scott Jenkins traces the origin of the front lawn aesthetic, the development of the lawn-care industry, its environmental impact, and modern as well as historic alternatives to lawn mania.
 

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Published April 17, 1994 by Smithsonian Books. 246 pages
Genres: History, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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wave sprinkler, a hoe, wheelbarrow, roller, iron rake, lawn mower and spade, an aerator, a weed knife.'' It was an arsenal, and Jenkins makes a convincing argument that the military metaphors used by advertisers and lawn-care experts alike were part of a male viewpoint that saw nature as somethin...

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