Books for Garden Week

Springtime in Virginia brings the uncurling of the dogwood's ivory and pink blossoms and the visits of intrepid garden fanciers to historic homes. During Garden Week in Virginia, gracious hosts and hostesses open their gardens to the public. What began as a modest way to make money for historic preservation and renovation of grounds and gardens throughout the Old Dominion now attracts hundreds of visitors every April.

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 Pleasure Gardens of Virginia: From Jamestown to Jefferson

By Peter Martin

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A scholarly look back at gardens of the past. Gardeners recorded their efforts from the settlement of Jamestown on. Both Jefferson and Washington were avid horticulturalists and left detailed note of their plants.

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The Ornamental Herb Garden

By Catherine Mason

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An aid to designing beautiful and traditional knot gardens, window boxes, paths, and walls. Includes a guide to 50 of the most popular herbs.

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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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The Complete Book of Garden Projects: A Step-by-step Guide to Creating and Maintaining Your Outdoor Space

By Betterway Books

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Easy-to-follow guidelines teach readers how to assess their current space then choose the best design and features for their needs. Following that are step by step instructions for building structures, planting beds, laying paths and installing special features such as lighting or fountains.

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Outdoor Living and Gardens

By Elvin McDonald

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Quiet moments on the porch, family picnics on the deck, cool dips in the backyard pool--outdoor living can be the best living there is. Now the Editors of House Beautiful magazine show how to extend "the good life" into one's outdoor space with design elements such as plants, pools, and garden structures.

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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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Landscaping with Antique Roses

By Liz Druitt

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The older roses feature an emphasis on fragrance rather than shape, making them the choice for the sweetest perfumes and potpourri.  Their heritage can become a unique and historic part of your garden.

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