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Drought reveals lawn patterns hundreds of years old

Liked History revealed (chatsworth.org)

Recent record high temperatures revealed the remnants of an ornate 17th century garden design on the South Lawn, normally hidden from view…It was covered over and replaced with a new design around 1730 but because the grass on the new lawn has shorter roots it burns more quickly, creating a contrast and temporarily revealing the older garden underneath.

It seems outrageous that a lawn resodded 300 years ago retains these imprints of its past. The land holds so many memories, and plants live on a much longer scale than we do. Every time a new secret is unveiled or we learn how to interpret what we’re seeing (like in the PNW the history of logging remains visible in stumps with springboard notches still clear to see), it’s a reminder of the long now, and our tiny place within the vastness of time and history.