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All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses--How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America (Hardcover)

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McDowell reminds us of what our first 6 presidents had in common: they were all serious gardeners. And contrary to what we popularly suppose, there were many changes to the White House landscape before Michelle Obama put in a vegetable garden. And many different visions: an Olmsted style public park, Victorian, neo colonial, suburban, memorial grove, and Versailles formal are a few. More than 200 years of American history is sampled in this book. It should interest both gardeners and history lovers.

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A New York Times Bestseller and AHS Book Award winner

The 18-acres surrounding the White House have been an unwitting witness to history--kings and queens have dined there, bills and treaties have been signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. Throughout it all, the grounds have remained not only beautiful, but also a powerful reflection of American trends. In All the Presidents' Gardens bestselling author Marta McDowell tells the untold history of the White House Grounds with historical and contemporary photographs, vintage seeds catalogs, and rare glimpses into Presidential pastimes. History buffs will revel in the fascinating tidbits about Lincoln's goats, Ike's putting green, Jackie's iconic roses, and Amy Carter's tree house. Gardeners will enjoy the information on the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781604695892
ISBN-10: 1604695897
Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
Publication Date: April 27th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English