August 23, 2013
For many Americans, a lush lawn is a must-have for their dream homes. And considering the history of the common lawn, it’s easy to see why. The first lawns were status symbols—signs of power that cropped up at Louis the Sixteenth’s gardens at Versailles. The European trend of creating lawn “pleasure grounds” soon crossed the Atlantic; landed aristocrats including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had English-style lawns at their American abodes. However, when it comes to Portland, Oregon landscaping, a lawn may just be a small, well-tended area surrounded by native plants and creative landscaping.