A (very) brief history of lawns

This article was originally published in the February 2023 Master Gardener Volunteer News publication. Learn more about the Master Gardener program at the UMN Extension website. This is the second in a series about lawns and our relationship to them.

By Michael Barnes

A castle in Scotland surrounded by a lawn

Once a means of military defense, then a prerogative of the privileged, and now a favorite feature of public and private spaces, lawns have become the norm of urban and suburban landscapes around the world. And yet, there is tension. To understand this phenomenon, we must ask where lawns came from and why are they seemingly everywhere? Read the full article.