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U.S. Garden History

Posted by John_D USDA 8b WA (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 10, 04 at 15:20

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

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RE: U.S. Garden History

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

RE: U.S. Garden History

  • Posted by John_D USDA 8b WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 11, 04 at 19:09

Thank you!

RE: U.S. Garden History

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!

RE: U.S. Garden History

  • Posted by John_D USDA 8b WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Mar 14, 04 at 22:28

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

RE: U.S. Garden History

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.

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