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.

Archaeology and the Colonial Gardener

By Audrey Noel Hume

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Gardening meets archaeology in this publication from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Available to read in our Virginiana Room at the Headquarters branch.

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Antiques from the Garden

By Alistair Morris

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A perfect book for those who enjoy old and eclectic gardens. The Antique Collectors' Club details the large garden pieces, such as fountains and gazebos, as well as fascinating, old-fashioned gardening implements.

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A Garden for Cutting: Gardening for Flower Arrangements

By Margaret Parke

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This book expands the traditional notion of the cutting garden and shows how any part of the garden landscape can provide a wealth of fresh flowers and foliage for glorious year-round arrangements. Plant lists, suggested reading and bibliography, sources.

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A Field Guide to American Houses

By Virginia and Lee McAlester

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The guide that enables you to identify, and place in their historic and architectural contexts, the houses you see in your neighborhood or in your travels across America. 17th century to the present.

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64 Yard and Garden Projects You Can Build Yourself

By Monte Burch

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The popular author of Building Small Barns, Sheds, and Shelters and other build-it-yourself titles now offers a book filled with simple, inexpensive ways to build many items featured at much higher prices in garden supply shops and catalogs. Includes step-by-step instructions, plus sections on selecting materials and tools.

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