Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640-1940
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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Restoring American gardens: an encyclopedia of heirloom ornamental plants, 1640-1940User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
The bulk of this encyclopedia, compiled by a historian of ornamental plants, describes the 1000 heirloom ornamental plants most frequently mentioned in nursery catalogs and advertisements published ... Read full review
Review: Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640-1940User Review - Emily - Goodreads
This book has a nice overview of historical landscaping and the encyclopedia and plant lists are great--very helpful for anyone interested in historical landscaping or historic preservation. It's only major drawback is that it ignores the Intermountain West. Read full review