The Grass is Greener: Our Love Affair with the Lawn by Tom Fort
The Grass is Greener: Our Love
Affair with the Lawn by Tom Fort
In this text, Tom Fort traces the history of lawns from the first mention
(Henry III) through famous lawns to the present day, interspersed with his
own efforts over the year of the book in creating the perfect lawn. The
English are universally acknowledged to be the lawn creators, coming up with
most of the games based on grass, as well as the original grass-cutting
machines. The inventor, Edwin Budding, is one of the heroes of the book.
Another interesting aspect of grass is that it is almost entirely a male
concern. Tom Fort’s delightful book is an examination of the psychology of
the lawnmower, and includes interviews with key obsessive lawnmakers of
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