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Everything for the Garden follows the wonderful process of home gardening in America and its dependence upon a myriad of how-to books, catalogues, and advertising material that promise to provide “everything for the garden,” from information on design and plant selection to tools, clothing, and pink flamingos.
The book is for anyone who enjoys gardening at home, visiting historic landscapes, or admiring plants and flowers in art and culture. Colorfully illustrated using material from Historic New England’s extensive collection, the book celebrates the objects and literature that people used to make and enjoy these outdoor spaces from the mid-nineteenth century to today. It goes beyond the garden as a general subject and includes furniture design, ceramic arts, book cover design, architecture, and of course, landscape design.
Essays by well-known experts describe significant aspects of garden making in America: Judith B. Tankard on garden writing; Richard C. Nylander on commercial catalogues, architecture, and ornament; Alan Emmet on garden portraits; and Virginia Lopez Begg on garden clubs. Everything for the Garden is a visual delight that should be on every garden lover’s bookshelf.
Copies of Everything for the Garden are available by calling 617-994-5925, in the museum shops of Historic New England properties, or on the Casemate Publishers website. The extensively illustrated, 144-page softcover book, published by Historic New England and distributed by Casemate Publishers, sells for $29.99.