Can of you garden writers recommend a U.S. garden history (or perhaps web site)?
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
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
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!
Thanks! Amazon.com has several and I'm going to order them.
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.