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Grandmother's Garden: The Old-Fashioned American Garden 1865-1915 Hardcover – September 30, 1995
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This history covers a period of tremendous change in American gardens. The Centennial of 1876 and the garden displays of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 fanned popular interest in old-fashioned gardens, here called "grandmother's gardens" and characterized as small gardens near the home, often enclosed by a fence and exhibiting an exuberant mix of hardy perennials, native American plants, and self-sown annuals. Hill, an art historian, traces these gardens through contemporary paintings and photographs as well as poems, letters, and gardening literature. This well-researched and beautifully presented book also covers the history of American garden and flower painting and photography and contributes to women's studies, because many of these small gardens were created and maintained by women. Highly recommended.?Daniel Starr, Museum of Modern Art Lib., New York
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An art historian specializing in American art, Hill combines her expertise in this area with her passionate interest in gardening in a splendid book focusing on gardening in the U.S. between the Civil War and World War I. She traces the development of a native garden style through poems, letters, journals, and garden writing found in period books and magazines. The book's most impressive aspect is the 75 opulent impressionist paintings reproduced in full color. For avid garden lovers. George Cohen
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The poem at the beginning of each chapter; another gift to me as well as the quotes from gardeners in different regions that speak in a language that only another gardener could relish. I place these quotes (and be sure to give credit to author) as I send a special note to a friend.
This book will be a resource for many years to come as I request other titles listed in the extensive selected bibliography on pages 220-231. Wow, that is a lots of titles. The index is pages 232-239, and notes are pages 214-219.
My words are inadequate. This rich book could be discussed monthly in a book club , while never exhausting the wealth of topics. Turn the page to 110 to discover Celia Thaxter's An Island Gardern. Thank you Santa.