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The Brother Gardeners

Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
ISBN: 0307454754
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Follows the lives of six men who shared a passion for plants and a love of gardening in eighteenth-century London, who made Britain the epicenter of horticulture, and transformed gardening from an aristocratic pastime to a national obsession.

Founding Gardeners

Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307390683
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The award-winning author of The Brother Gardeners presents a tour of the lives of the founding fathers from their perspectives as gardeners, farmers and plantsmen, revealing how a shared passion for agriculture shaped their beliefs and decisions. Reprint.


Author: Wilfrid Blunt
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691096360
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A biography of eighteenth-century Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus who classified living things, including 7,700 plants and 4,400 animals, with a system of two Latin names. Features excerpts from Linnaeus's writings as well as more than 200 illustrations.

A Rich Spot Of Earth

Author: Peter J. Hatch
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300171145
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Featuring more than 150 stunning full-color illustrations, this volume traces the history of Jefferson's unique vegetable garden, which has been painstakingly restored by the author, from the artichokes and asparagus first planted in 1770 through the horticultural experiments of Jefferson's retirement years.

Chasing Venus

Author: Andrea Wulf
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
ISBN: 0307700178
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The award-winning author of The Brother Gardeners chronicles the 18th-century quest to observe the transit of Venus and measure the solar system, explaining the political strife and weather challenges that were overcome to enable an international team of astronomers to work together. 30,000 first printing.

Maria Rodale S Organic Gardening Secrets

Author: Maria Rodale
Publisher: Rodale Books
ISBN: 162336213X
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Maria Rodale shares her organic gardening secrets in a season-by-season guide that offers straight-forward, easy-to-follow gardening basics so that anyone can enjoy a beautiful, productive, organic garden all year long. In the spring, learn how to prepare for and plan your garden in order to ensure a bountiful 4-season garden, as well as how to improve your soil health, create the best compost, and harvest early crops. In the summer, find the best chemical-free bug solutions, easy organic weeding strategies, sustainable watering techniques, and simple effective ways to boost your yield organically. In the fall, learn how to extend your growing season into winter; pick out bulbs, trees, and shrubs; add color to your garden, and preserve your garden's bounty for winter. Maria also shares her very own recipes for a Thanksgiving feast. And in winter, learn how to plan for next year's garden, order the best seeds for your needs, and start seedlings indoors. Plus, Maria shares her favorite winter comfort food recipes.

The Five Ton Life

Author: Susan Subak
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803296886
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"Susan Subak explores various low-carbon locations across America, calculating and comparing emissions data to understand what unites these different types of American neighborhoods, as well as what sets them apart, and how we can use this information to work towards a lower-carbon future"--

This Other Eden B Seven Great Gardens And Three Hundred Of English History

Author: Emma Gieben-Gamal
Publisher: Little Brown
ISBN: 9780349116594
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THIS OTHER EDEN is a captivating narrative of seven great gardens, beautiful canvases that represent not just pleasure grounds but a country's evolution. Showpieces of grand design, they are also barometers of social change; lasting reflections of intellectual endeavour, of religion and philosophy, science and technology, art and literature. From Robert Cecil's garden at Hatfield House, conceived by the famous botanist and plant-collector John Tradescant, who travelled widely to seek out unusual specimens, to Capability Brown, who 'improved' upon nature to create the archetypal English parkland; from Joseph Paxton, whose engineering feats at Chatsworth mirrored the great Victorian age of technology, to Getrude Jekyll, who turned back to nature and designed the English cottage garden renowned the world over, this beautifully illustrated book will join the ranks of other bestselling cultural histories of the garden such as Anna Pavord's THE TULIP and Simon Schama's THE EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES.

Writing The Garden

Author: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
ISBN: 1567924409
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Gardening, more than most outdoor activities, has always attracted a cult of devotedly literate practitioners; people who like to dig, it would appear, also like to write. And many of them write exceedingly well. In this thoughtful, personal, and embracing consideration of garden writing, garden historian Elizabeth Barlow Rogers selects and discusses the best of these writers. She makes her case by picking delightful examples that span two centuries, arranging the writers by what they did and how they saw themselves: nurserymen, foragers, conversationalists, philosophers, humorists, etc. Her discussions and appreciations of these diverse personalities are enhanced and supported by informed appraisals of their talents, obsessions, and idiosyncrasies, and by extensive extracts from their writings. Rogers provides historical background, anecdotal material, and insight into how these garden writers worked. And wherever appropriate, she illustrates her story with images from their books, so you can not only read what they wrote but also see what they were describing. Since gardens are by their very nature ephemeral, these visual clues from the pages of their books, many reproduced in color, are as close as we will come to the originals. What makes Writing the Garden such a joy to read is that it is not simply a collection of extracts, but real discussions and examinations of the personalities who made their mark on how we design, how we plant, and how we think about what is for many one of life's lasting pleasures. Starting with "Women in the Garden" (Jane Loudon, Fran ces Garnet Wolseley, and Gertrude Jekyll) and concluding with "Philosophers in the Garden" (Henry David Tho reau, Michael Pollan, and Allen Lacy), this is a book that encompasses the full sweep of the best garden writing in the English language. Writing the Garden is co-published by the New York Society Library and the Foundation for Landscape Studies in association with David R. Godine, Publisher.

American Household Botany

Author: Judith Sumner
ISBN: 9781604694307
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"In this fascinating book, celebrated author Judith Sumner rescues from the pages of history the practical experience and botanical wisdom of generations of Americans. Crossing the disciplines of history, ethnobotany, and horticulture - and with a flair for the colorful anecdote - Sumner underlines a part of the American story often ignored or forgotten: how European settlers and their descendants made use of the "strange" new plants they found, as well as the select varieties of foods and medicines they brought with them from other continents. From "turkie wheat" (corn) to "tuckahoe" (a Native American source of starch), Sumner describes the transition from wonderment to daily use, as homesteads were built upon and prospered from the plants of the New World. It is a remarkable story of the interdependence of plants and the American home. Historians, herbalists, home gardeners, and ethnobotanists will find American Household Botany a treasure trove of original research and insight."--Publisher announcement.