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By Ann Leighton

American Gardens of the 19th Century is the ultimate of 3 authoritative volumes of backyard historical past via Ann Leighton. This witty and precise e-book specializes in nineteenth-century gardens and gardening. Leighton's fabric for the e-book was once drawn from letters, books, and different fundamental resources. through the booklet are reproductions of latest illustrations and descriptive listings of local and new vegetation that have been cultivated in the course of the 19th century. Leighton provides a lot cognizance to influential humans corresponding to plant explorers and architects of public parks. not just does she checklist the improvement of gardening, yet she additionally exhibits the historic progress and alter in nineteenth-century America.

Companion volumes by means of Ann Leighton

Early American Gardens "For Meate or Medicine"
American Gardens within the Eighteenth Century "For Use or for Delight"

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New works were superimposed on the bases of old ones. Credits were sometimes generous, sometimes withheld, sometimes deliberately passed over. Personalities were as striking and dissimilar as their discoveries. And new gardens hung in every balance. As in the eighteenth century, there were several "key" people and points of departure. M'Mahon's nursery and office, for instance, was a meeting place for all travelers in the Philadelphia area. A clearing house was needed. At the beginning of the century, Dr.

The Essex Institute and the indefatigably resourceful Irene Norton were, as always, most amusingly rewarding, with elaborate examples of uplifting floral sentiments in lofty poetry and moral tales. Among the individuals who may not have been sufficiently recognized previouslybesides all my staunchest aides in my children and their familiesI especially thank my son, Jim, and his wife, Ellen, for totally efficient advice and assistance in finally wrapping up this book and bearing with me throughout its long delays.

Robertianum (used in nephritis), Heuchera americana (American sanicle or alumroot, used by the Indians against cancer and as beneficial in ulcers), Actaea racemosa (black snakeroot or "squawroot," a cure for the itch and murrain in cattle; the roots make a gargle), Uva ursi (a valuable medicine in cases of "old" gonorrhea and nephritis), Liquidambar asplenifolium (sweet fern, used in treating diarrhea). Barton offers a number of familiar plants as tonics. American native oaks are all useful substitutes for Peruvian bark, and Quercus rubra montana (Spanish oak) was used against gangrene.

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