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- an area of the garden or wider landscape given over to grass. Initially these would have been roughly scythed and have looked more like tidy meadows, however later a more even look was appreciated and for this reason animals were allowed to graze the grass to keep it short. Extensive areas of lawn are synonymous with British gardens and Britain was internationally admired for its very fine turf. They were particularly important in the landscape and picturesque movements. Lawns were not always planted with grasses; there were examples sown with pennyroyal (a form of mint), thyme and most famously, chamomile (as at Buckingham Palace).