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.

Natural Wonders of Virginia: A Guide to Parks, Preserves, and Wild Places

By Garvey Winegar

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A guide to the botanical gardens and natural areas of the Old Dominion.

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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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Gardenwalks: 101 of the Best Gardens from Maine to Virginia and Recommended Walks throughout the Country

By Marina Harrison

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A perfect companion for travel planning! Find lovely public gardens that will please a wide variety of tastes.

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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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Garden Patterns and Mosaics

By Clare Matthews

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A comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to the use of pattern and mosaic in the garden, this book includes more than 20 stylish projects that make use of a variety of materials, from traditional polished stone to broken glass.

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Fresh Cuts: Arrangements with Flowers, Leaves, Buds, and Branches

By Edwina von Gal

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These fresh arrangements from unexpected sources have a minimalistic flair.

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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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