This week I wanted to take a look at one of the unsung heroes of the natural world, the humble grass family. I chose this subject after listening to friends complain about having to mow the lawn, to which I say if you don’t like mowing the lawn, let there be meadow.
Cheeky grasses peeping out between pavers and railway sidings in New York’s Highline Park, an amazing creation by master plantsman Piet Oudolf.
More of Piet’s amazing grasses at the Highline.
Delicate pink grasses on Staten Island.
The great grassy plains of Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island.
Tightly manicured grass of the Zen Garden at the Bloedel Reserve.
And last, but definitely not least, dreamy grasses in Manhattan‘s Battery Park, another of Piet Oudolf’s creations.
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I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge!
I doubt very much that the chief executives of any of the Fortune 500 corporations can name five edible plants, five native grasses, or five migratory birds within walking distance of their homes, or name the soil series upon which their house sits. And I would contend that if you don’t know where you are, you are in fact nowhere at all. – Paul Hawken
I recall feeling an almost delicious terror when one day I found myself alone in the midst of tall June grasses that grew high as my head.- Pierre Loti