These days when you purchase a home, the property more often than not, was likely clear cut when built. Perhaps even the topsoil was scraped and hauled away with the removal of Bushwhacked or Bush-Hogged trees, stumps and shrubs. A mark of adventure for the machine operator.
This trend developed in post war 1947 when the first planned community called Levittown emerged. The style emerged to level the playing field of future residents, done for the convenience of the builders, not for the love of the land or to retain the sense of place. Merely mass production of affordable housing a mark of adventure for future prosperous development.
The country prospered and someone figured out that all the leftover bomb chemicals could be sold and used to “fertilize” the new suburban lawns. Yes, this creative lifestyle morphed into a heavily marketed middle class status symbol – a small but “Great Lawn”!
The Builder then contracts a landscaping crew to add back some landscaping to give it curb appeal… typically these are fast growing evergreens that give the builder some bang for the buck, for saleability, often with no regard for how large the tree or shrub will be in a few years… for the most part unsuspecting homeowners are left with an ongoing task of whacking these back, from blocking windows and doors.
Oh but I digress from the real question on my mind:
Have you ever thought about where our garden plants come from?
What is the Mark of Adventure?
To be continued… tomorrow part 2 of 4.
Enjoy – living the EntwinedLife
NC Certified Environmental Educator
Garden Conservancy Regional Representative