History Books

Williamsburg's Glorious Gardens

By Roger Foley

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Over 117 pages of brilliant photos explore the glorious formal and informal gardens of Williamsburg.

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Washington's Gardens at Mount Vernon: Landscape of the Inner Man

By Mac Griswold

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For both gardeners and early American history buffs, this book documents the unknown George Washington: landscaper, farmer, and gardener of Mount Vernon.

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The Gardens of Colonial Williamsburg

By M. Kent Brinkley

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"The authors present the history of gardening on twenty sites at Colonial Williamsburg, focusing on the eighteenth-century gardeners who planted them and the documentary and archaeological research that guided each garden's re-creation. Detailed plans and captivating photographs identify the plantings and show modern gardeners ways to enjoy the beauty of colonial gardens in their own yards."

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The Fruits and Fruit Trees of Monticello

By Peter J. Hatch

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The story of the restoration of Jefferson's fruit trees is brought to life by the horticulturalist's recollections and period illustrations from Andrew Jackson Downing's Fruit Trees of America (1845), and pages from Jefferson's original orchard plans.

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Old Virginia Houses along the James

By Emmie Ferguson Farrar

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The James River Plantation Houses hold a unique place in the state's history.  Part of a series, Old Virginia Houses.

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Jefferson's Garden

By H. Peter Loewer

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Noted plantsman Peter Loewer profiles Thomas Jefferson as gardener and landscape architect, focusing on the gardens at Monticello, with descriptions of the annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines that Jefferson grew. Insights on each plant from Jefferson, the writers he admired, and those who admired him are combined with Loewer's unique perspective, gardening hints, and stunning line drawings.

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Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservations by the Garden Club of Virginia

By Dorothy Hunt Williams

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Read about some of the many historic sites that the Garden Club of Virginia has preserved through the years.

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Grandmother's Garden: The Old-Fashioned American Garden, 1865 - 1915

By May Brawley Hill

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The first serious study of traditional American perennial gardens, which attained great popularity in the years between the Civil War and World War I, this abundantly illustrated volume explores this old-fashioned garden style--frequently referred to as "grandmother's garden"--as seen in small towns, artists' colonies and craft villages, mining towns, and settlements on the Western frontier.

 

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Gardens and Landscapes of Virginia

By Richard Cheek

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The Garden Club of Virginia presents a photographic tour of some of the finest gardens in the state.
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Dear Mr. Jefferson: Letters from a Nantucket Gardener

By Laura Simon

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A modern gardener/historical romance novelist combines her thoughts on creating a thriving garden with Jefferson's own writings on the subject to craft a dialogue between avid horticulturalists, past and present. Also available on audio.

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