Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733-1940 (Hardback)Sara L. van Beck (author)
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Illustrated with nearly two hundred color and black-and-white images, Daffodils in American Gardens examines gardening by era-European beginnings; colonial, federal, antebellum, and Victorian periods; and World War II-with a comprehensive chapter for daffodils in cemetery plantings. Van Beck combines the disparate disciplines of archaeology and plant science to discover and re-create important gardens in the United States. Combining primary research from a variety of rare publications, especially nursery catalogs and seed lists, she integrates old and new scientific botany by correlating older, uncertain scientific terms, common names for the daffodil, and modern taxonomies. Historic and modern botanical illustrations embellish the volume and complement Van Beck's narrative.
Case studies of surviving historic gardens from the early Republic era to the twentieth century examine how old daffodils have survived the vagaries of time. Van Beck surveys historic properties in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
This multifaceted history, examining high style, vernacular, and commercial landscape architecture, is geared toward general gardeners interested in heirloom plants and historic gardens. Moreover, extensive endnotes and a comprehensive bibliography document extensive references for professionals working in historic landscapes preservation and garden restoration.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 1229 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 26 mm
"One of our best-loved spring flowers, the daffodil has been grown for hundreds of years. Possibly the daffodil's finest virtue is its persistence, becoming a telltale of a long lost garden. Ever the meticulous researcher, Sara Van Beck relates the intriguing story of our beloved daffodil: how it got here and where it came from."--Gordon W. Chappell, Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects and former landscape director, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
"Daffodils in American Gardens is a book long needed--a comprehensive history of the American culture of daffodils. Both a plant history and an excellent chronicle of gardening in Europe and America, this story of the daffodil is intertwined with the history of major gardens and significant gardeners in America."--Joel Fry, curator, Bartram's Garden
"To say this beautifully researched book is simply about daffodils understates the enormity of the range of horticultural and social history it holds." --Susan Smith-Durisek (Lexington Herald-Leader)
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