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Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640-1940
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Today's gardeners have more plants and design ideas to choose from than ever before. But is there something missing in their gardens if they ignore their ties to the past? Denise Wiles Adams has written a remarkable book of history and horticulture that documents the changing plant palette of American gardens. From the colonial era to the pre-World War II period, no region of the country is neglected and no major plant group unrepresented.
From a database of more than 25,000 plants and hundreds of antique nursery catalogs, she has distilled a unique survey of American ornamental gardens. Nobody concerned with historic homes and properties can afford to be without it. An important resource that will be consulted for generations, Restoring American Gardens is a vital link between gardeners and their predecessors throughout history.
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Interest in heirloom plants is a growing trend. Based on nursery catalogs and other documentation of three centuries of ornamental plants grown in US gardens, a horticultural consultant/plant historian traces the cultivation of such plants and early garden styles cross-country. She includes plant descriptions with the earliest American citation; period b&w and color illustrations; and lists of all-American plants, regional plants, and historical plant
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Restore a garden authentically with this beautiful and well-researched book that documents the changing plant palette of American gardens from the colonial era to the pre-World War II period.
An encyclopedia of heirloom ornamental plants, 1640-1940.
From the colonial era to the pre-World War II period, this remarkable book of history and horticulture documents the changing plant palette of American gardens. 201 color photos. Line drawings & photos.
About the Author
Denise Wiles Adams is a horticultural consultant and ornamental-plant historian who lives with her husband, John, in a nineteenth-century former tavern in rural Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in horticulture from Ohio State University.
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