A rare and long out-of-print treasure of garden literature, Gardens of Colony and State returns in a special reprint edition. Widely considered the best reference on garden-making in the colonies and the Republic, the handsome two-volume set is a lasting record of American gardens and gardeners before 1840. The landmark publication traces the development of a uniquely American garden design, exploring early garden literature and its effect on colonial craftsmen, as well as pre-1800 account books of nurseries and seed houses. Also included are fascinating stories of early horticulturists who inspired the establishment and patronage of botanical gardens for research, plant exploration, education, and public enjoyment.
An impressive collection of early prints and photographs—of gates and statues, benches and pergolas, landscape designs and views—invites you to stroll through some of America's most exquisite homes and gardens, many of which have long vanished. Gardens of Colony and State is an important contribution to the historic horticulture of America, and a collector's item to be enjoyed for many years.
"A massive assemblage of blocks and scraps, both written and graphic, of the history of ornamental gardening, [Gardens of Colony and State] defined America's garden heritage . . . ; it is interesting to open these volumes today and find them still fresh and rich. The exuberant intelligence that went into creating them has kept them alive."—William Seale, White House Historian
"The timely republication of this classic will introduce a new generation of garden lovers to America's rich cultural history."—Judith B. Tankard
"The overall richness of what is discussed here, the engaging way the stories are told, and the large-scale format bind everything together and make this hefty two-volume set essential for the American garden historian."—Preservation in Print