Lawn, as defined in the dictionary, is an "area of aesthetic and recreational land planted with grass and other durable plants."
It's believed that the concept of "the lawn" developed in medieval times for the purpose of communal grazing of livestock. At this time, lawns were similar to pastures or fields. To tend to these lawns, laborers used scything and shearing. Sheep and livestock grazing also maintained the lands or lawns.
Later, in Tudor and Elizabethan times, the lawn garden became a place for walkways and social areas. And by the 17th century, the Jacobean epoch of gardening began and the "English" lawn became a symbol of status and gentry. While at first lawns were primarily made up of meadow plants, by the Victorian era, a wider variety of perennials were available as were elaborate sculptures and water features. In the 19th century, with the advent of sprinkler technology and the lawn mower, lawns and gardens were also affordable to the masses.
In Ventura, all our water comes from local sources - The
Ventura River, Lake Casitas and groundwater wells. Today, unlike hundreds of years ago, we are armed with the
knowledge about the importance of conserving our precious, natural resources -
especially our valuable water. Low
maintenance and drought tolerant grass and native plant replacements are the
wise sustainable choices. Some
wonderful native plant choices might include: White Sage, California Fuchsia,
California Lilac, California Poppy any variety of succulents, to name only a few. The variety and beauty of "Ocean Friendly" gardens is on the
rise. So, why not choose beauty
and sustainability? For
information on how you can create the Ocean Friendly Garden* of your dreams,
talk to your local nursery about suggestions for your garden. In Ventura, visit Green Thumb Nursery
at 1899 Victoria Avenue and Napalito Native Plant Nursery at 4107
E. Main Street.
*Ocean Friendly Gardens Program is a trademark program of the Surfrider Foundation. For some great Ocean Friendly Garden Events Information, CLICK HERE.
For some great information at Surfrider, CLICK HERE.