Synopses & Reviews
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.
"'American heirloom ornamental plants are ... treasures to be honored and conserved and shared,' Adams writes. I believe the same can be said of this book."
—George Weigel, People Places Plants, Summer 2004 People Places Plants
"Restoring American Gardens
is a useful addition to a growing body of historic landscape resources and is particularly important for its methodical focus on heirloom plants and their appropriate use."
—Scott Mehaffey, Landscape Architecture, July 2004 Landscape Architecture
"This work is packed with information that the history-minded gardener will appreciate."
—Kay Ackerman, Bloomsbury Review, January 2005 Bloomsbury Review
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.
An encyclopedia of heirloom ornamental plants, 1640-1940.
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.
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.