Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lawn care-not

An interesting and inspiring article in a recent New Yorker magazine gives a quick but informative history of the invention -- yep, pretty much -- of the American lawn and the evolution -- or de-evolution -- of the culture (or cult) surrounding it. The piece, by Elizabeth Kolbert, also delves in the the growing anti-lawn movement, and discusses some of the alternatives proposed and practiced by such radical horticultural Luddites.

Quite inspirational. And familiar. I wrote a piece some time ago discussing my own attempts, and their consequences, at cultivation-through-benign-neglect of my own personal front-yard weed patch. Always nice to know I'm not alone ...

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