U.S. Garden History

John_D(USDA 8b WA)March 10, 2004

Can of you garden writers recommend a U.S. garden history (or perhaps web site)?

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apprehend(z5 Chicago)

I have found that local arboretums and botanic gardens have the best help for horticulture or garden history.

I think you can get this sight it lists several books at one arboretum. I am showing as an example of what they have available in their libraries


Here are some links to check out.

history of horticulture


a timeline


I have a list of interesting books as well,one such...

'Gardens of the Colony and State Gardens and Gardeners of the American Colonies and of the Republic before 1840'
Alice B Lockwood

    Bookmark   March 11, 2004 at 7:01PM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 11, 2004 at 7:09PM
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bostongardens(z6 MA)

John ~

Three books by Ann Leighton should be a good start: Early American Gardens--"For Meate (sic) or Medicine"; American Gardens in the Eighteenth Century--"For Use or for Delight"; and American Gardens of the Nineteenth Century--"For Comfort and Affluence." Incredible scholarship, yet easy to read and interesting. I bought mine in 1989 and still like to go back to refer to them often. They may be in your library. Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2004 at 8:56PM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

Thanks! Amazon.com has several and I'm going to order them.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2004 at 10:28PM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

Dear BG:
Thanks again! The three Ann Leighton books you recommended just came in the mail. They look good -- but now I'll have to find the time to read them.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2004 at 8:18PM
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