After reading the article “Turf Wars” by Elizabeth Kolbert, I started thinking about the different treatments of lawns around the US I’ve heard of. The first that came to mind was a strange full garden someone created in place of their lawn which provided food for him and his family. After a quick google search, I found Fritz Haeg, an artist and architect who designs such elements. He calls his work “Edible Estates” and has even written a book on the topic! His ultimate goal is to turn nasty patches of bland green into something that engages a neighborhood, changing how the residents think about their landscapes.
Interestingly enough, neighbors haven’t complained about it once in the three years it’s existed. In fact, they seem to be sharing in the best fruits and vegetables for themselves before the owner can even get out there himself to harvest!