Take a trip to the desert – brown is the new green.
Lawns became popular with the aristocracy in the cooler, moist climates of northern Europe.
They began to multiply in America starting in the 1870s and later became to be seen less as a status symbol and more as a landscape aesthetic.
Industrialization and suburbanization further caused the proliferation of lawns and the cultural value attached to them.
Taking a trip to the desert, with its untamed, rugged forms, occasional wildflowers, and color palette lacking in greens, can loosen the aesthetic grip of the suburban green turf rectangle.