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Author Jenkins, Virginia Scott.

Title The lawn : a history of an American obsession / Virginia Scott Jenkins.

Published Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, [1994]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  716 JENK    AVAILABLE
 UniM Burnley  635. 9647 JEN    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-237) and index.
Contents Pt. 1. Americans Adopt the Front-Lawn Aesthetic. 1. The Introduction of Lawns to America. 2. Garden Clubs, Golf, and the USDA. 3. Advertising the Front Lawn -- Pt. 2. The Democratization of the Lawn. 4. The Growth of the American Lawn-Care Industry. 5. Men, Women, and Front Lawns. 6. The War Between Man and Nature. 7. The Age of High-Tech Horticulture.
Summary 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.
Subject Lawns -- United States -- History.
ISBN 1560984066 (paperback: alk. paper)