By Ann Leighton
American Gardens of the 19th Century is the ultimate of 3 authoritative volumes of backyard background via Ann Leighton. This witty and special ebook makes a speciality of nineteenth-century gardens and gardening. Leighton's fabric for the ebook was once drawn from letters, books, and different fundamental assets. through the booklet are reproductions of latest illustrations and descriptive listings of local and new crops that have been cultivated through the 19th century. Leighton supplies a lot recognition to influential humans similar to plant explorers and architects of public parks. not just does she list the advance of gardening, yet she additionally indicates the ancient progress and alter in nineteenth-century America.
Companion volumes through Ann Leighton
Early American Gardens "For Meate or Medicine"
American Gardens within the Eighteenth Century "For Use or for Delight"
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