The term lawn, referring to a managed grass space, dates to no earlier than the 16th century. Tied to suburban expansion and the creation of the household aesthetic, the lawn is an important aspect of the interaction between the natural environment and the constructed urban and suburban space.
I'm not a fan of Wikipedia, and I know it is not necessarily right, being written by non-experts like you and me, but WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Tied to a suburban expansion????? an aspect of the interaction between the ...environment and the constructed urban and suburban space...
Is it just me? Can anyone tell me what the 'household aesthetic' is?
Can you tell I'm writing this, scarlet-faced after an hour of interacting with my own aspect of interaction between etc, etc, etc?
If Time Travel is ever invented in my lifetime, I'm going back to the 16th century to find and ELIMINATE the person who coined that term. A man, I guess, as it seems that men like to mow their lawn, and sit and appreciate the wonderful stripes thus produced, I can only say that I am contemplating a wildflower meadow for my back garden next year...