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By Ann Leighton

American Gardens of the 19th Century is the ultimate of 3 authoritative volumes of backyard background by way of Ann Leighton. This witty and certain booklet makes a speciality of nineteenth-century gardens and gardening. Leighton's fabric for the ebook used to be drawn from letters, books, and different fundamental resources. during the e-book are reproductions of up to date illustrations and descriptive listings of local and new vegetation that have been cultivated throughout the 19th century. Leighton supplies a lot realization to influential humans comparable to plant explorers and architects of public parks. not just does she checklist the improvement of gardening, yet she additionally exhibits the ancient development 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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Conflicts abounded; the success of a wholly new sort of government swung in the balance. Disaster loomed over the growing problem of who and how many were actually free, truly to be counted as citizens. Nothing was sure but the will and integrity of the now disappearing founders. Discussions of the relative merits of use, beauty, and truth in horticulture and of the purposes of Abigail Adams's "nature's handmaiden, art," were for older countries across the Atlantic. Edmund Burke, who had done his eloquent best for the colonies, would be remembered in excerpts from his political speeches but not by his written dissertations on beauty.

Marsh rosemary. Butterfly weed. Small magnolia. Dogwood. Ginseng. Seneca snake root. Tulip tree. Butternut. American Hellebore. Blue gentian. Sassafras. Dogbane. Leather wood. Tall blackberry. American senna. Tobacco. Volume III. Common Gillenia. Poison Ivy. Wax Myrtle. Common Juniper. Red Cedar. Black Bean. Bulbous Crowfoot. Starry Anise. Virginia Snakeroot. Star Grass. American Rosebay. Ipecacuanha Spurge. Large flowering Spurge. Bitter Polygala. Page 28 Sweet-scented Water Lily. Black Alder.

Another new idea for a young country was the concept of conservation of natural resources. Starting as a concern of a few individuals in the early part of the century, it grew to a universally important force by the end of the century with, by then, demonstrable disasters and advantages. In the midst of all this, the individual's right to a placea house and garden designed and maintained and enjoyed in the style of the timeswould be central to the country's development. Appropriately, the summerhouse we are taking for our model, from which to try to see the century whole, is our American summerhouse, not the later Victorian gazebo from which one was supposed to see all around.

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