All the Presidents  Gardens Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

All the Presidents Gardens


  • Author : Marta McDowell
  • Publisher : Timber Press
  • Release Date : 2016-04-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781604697506

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All the Presidents Gardens Excerpt :

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.

The President s Gardens Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The President s Gardens


  • Author : Muhsin Al-Ramli
  • Publisher : MacLehose Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635060386

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The President s Gardens Excerpt :

In this extraordinary novel by heralded Iraqi author Muhsin Al-Ramli, One Hundred Years of Solitude meets The Kite Runner against the backdrop of Saddam Hussein's Iraq. "A profoundly moving investigation of love, death, and injustice." --The Guardian "A standard in contemporary Middle Eastern literature." --Booklist "A stunning achievement." --The National On the third day of Ramadan, a small village in Iraq wakes to find the severed heads of nine of its sons stacked in banana crates by the bus stop. One of them belonged to one of the most wanted men in Iraq, known to his friends as Ibrahim the Fated. How did this good and humble man earn the enmity of so many? What did he do to deserve such a death? The answer lies in his lifelong friendship with Abdullah Kafka and Tariq the Befuddled, who each have their own remarkable stories to tell. It lies on the scarred, irradiated battlefields of the Gulf War and in the ashes of a revolution strangled in its cradle. It lies in the steadfast love of his wife and the festering scorn of his daughter. And, above all, it lies behind the locked gates of the President's gardens, buried alongside the countless victims of a pitiless reign of terror.

American Grown Book
Score: 4.5
From 17 Ratings

American Grown


  • Author : Michelle Obama
  • Publisher : Crown Books
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 271
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307956026

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American Grown Excerpt :

Describes how the First Lady and her daughters planted a vegetable garden on the White House's South Lawn as part of an initiative to raise awareness about childhood obesity, and shares gardening tips, recipes, and advice for making healthier food choices.

Beatrix Potter s Gardening Life Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Beatrix Potter s Gardening Life


  • Author : Marta McDowell
  • Publisher : Timber Press
  • Release Date : 2013-10-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN 10 : 9781604695427

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Beatrix Potter s Gardening Life Excerpt :

“An enchanting and original account of Beatrix Potter's life and her love of plants and gardening.” —Judy Taylor, vice president of the Beatrix Potter Society There aren’t many books more beloved than The Tale of Peter Rabbit and even fewer authors as iconic as Beatrix Potter. More than 150 million copies of her books have sold worldwide and interest in her work and life remains high. And her characters—Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, and all the rest—exist in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and show how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book begins with a gardener’s biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England's Lake District. Next, the reader follows Beatrix Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of what is blooming that truly brings her gardens alive. The book culminates in a traveler’s guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter’s gardens today.

Unearthing The Secret Garden Book

Unearthing The Secret Garden


  • Author : Marta McDowell
  • Publisher : Timber Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-12
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 447
  • ISBN 10 : 9781643261317

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Unearthing The Secret Garden Excerpt :

Marta McDowell returns with a beautiful, gift-worthy account of how plants and gardening deepy inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of the beloved children's classic The Secret Garden.

Emily Dickinson s Gardening Life Book

Emily Dickinson s Gardening Life


  • Author : Marta McDowell
  • Publisher : Timber Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 375
  • ISBN 10 : 9781604699753

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Emily Dickinson s Gardening Life Excerpt :

From New York Times bestselling author Marta McDowell, an illustrated exploration of how gardening and plants inspired Emily Dickinson, one of the most beloved poets of all time.

Writing the Garden Book

Writing the Garden


  • Author : Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
  • Publisher : David R. Godine Publisher
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9781567924404

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Writing the Garden Excerpt :

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.

The Gardens of Bunny Mellon Book

The Gardens of Bunny Mellon


  • Author : Linda Jane Holden
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018-10-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 0865653518

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The Gardens of Bunny Mellon Excerpt :

Throughout her long and storied life, Rachel "Bunny" Mellon's greatest passion was garden design. She and her husband, Paul Mellon, one of the wealthiest men in America, maintained homes in New York, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Antigua, and Upperville, Virginia, and she designed the gardens at all of them. She also designed gardens for some of her dearest friends, including the Rose Garden and the East Garden at the White House, at the request of President Kennedy, and the gardens at both the Paris home and the ch�teau of couturier Hubert de Givenchy. All of these gardens are featured in The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, illustrated with Mellon's own garden plans, sketches, and watercolors, as well as with archival photographs and specially commissioned photographs of Oak Spring, the Mellon estate in Upperville. Author Linda Holden's text is based on extensive interviews with Mellon before her death in 2014.

Grandma s Gardens Book
Score: 1
From 1 Ratings

Grandma s Gardens


  • Author : Hillary Clinton
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2020-03-31
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593115367

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Grandma s Gardens Excerpt :

From mother-daughter team Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton comes a celebration of family, tradition and discovery, and an ode to mothers, grandmothers and the children they love. Grandma Dorothy shared her love of gardens with her daughter, Hillary, and her granddaughter, Chelsea. She taught them that gardens are magical places to learn, exciting spaces for discovery, quiet spots to spend time with family and beautiful areas to share stories and celebrate special occasions. But most of all, she taught them that in her gardens, her love grew and blossomed. In this inspiring and heartwarming mother-daughter story, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton team up to show readers how sharing the things we love with the people we love can create powerful, everlasting bonds between generations. Praise for Grandma's Gardens: "A deeply affectionate tribute to the bounty of nature and the love of gardening." --Publishers Weekly "Filled with mindfulness, the story inspires children to reflect on family and keep memories alive." --Booklist

In the Garden of Beasts Book
Score: 3.5
From 3,875 Ratings

In the Garden of Beasts


  • Author : Erik Larson
  • Publisher : Crown Pub
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307408846

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In the Garden of Beasts Excerpt :

The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany William E. Dodd to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels.

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder


  • Author : Marta McDowell
  • Publisher : Timber Press
  • Release Date : 2017-09-20
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 390
  • ISBN 10 : 9781604697278

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The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder Excerpt :

“For gardeners, botanists, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book looks at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author’s relationship to nature.” —Publishers Weekly The universal appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder springs from a life lived in partnership with the land, on farms she and her family settled across the Northeast and Midwest. In this revealing exploration of Wilder’s deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You’ll learn details about Wilder’s life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder homestead claims on authentic archival maps, and learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. Excerpts from Wilder’s books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world. Featuring the beloved illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, plus hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a treasure that honors Laura’s wild and beautiful life.

Private Edens Book

Private Edens


  • Author : Jack Staub
  • Publisher : Gibbs Smith
  • Release Date : 2013-03-20
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781423621096

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Private Edens Excerpt :

Private country paradises boasting remarkable plant palettes and combinations. Garden design expert Jack Staub presents more than twenty beautiful and sumptuous private country gardens in Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. From a romantic garden with cottagey plantins that pays homage to the best of English garden vernacular to a splendid Eden of Maryland countryside meets Himalayan serenity, these garden paradises stand alone on their own terms and offer us examples of what we can all achieve with a modicum of respect, partnership and imagination.

American Eden  David Hosack  Botany  and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

American Eden David Hosack Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic


  • Author : Victoria Johnson
  • Publisher : Liveright Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-06-05
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781631494208

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American Eden David Hosack Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic Excerpt :

Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction A New York Times Editors' Choice Selection The untold story of Hamilton’s—and Burr’s—personal physician, whose dream to build America’s first botanical garden inspired the young Republic. On a clear morning in July 1804, Alexander Hamilton stepped onto a boat at the edge of the Hudson River. He was bound for a New Jersey dueling ground to settle his bitter dispute with Aaron Burr. Hamilton took just two men with him: his “second” for the duel, and Dr. David Hosack. As historian Victoria Johnson reveals in her groundbreaking biography, Hosack was one of the few points the duelists did agree on. Summoned that morning because of his role as the beloved Hamilton family doctor, he was also a close friend of Burr. A brilliant surgeon and a world-class botanist, Hosack—who until now has been lost in the fog of history—was a pioneering thinker who shaped a young nation. Born in New York City, he was educated in Europe and returned to America inspired by his newfound knowledge. He assembled a plant collection so spectacular and diverse that it amazes botanists today, conducted some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States, and introduced new surgeries to American. His tireless work championing public health and science earned him national fame and praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander von Humboldt, and the Marquis de Lafayette. One goal drove Hosack above all others: to build the Republic’s first botanical garden. Despite innumerable obstacles and near-constant resistance, Hosack triumphed when, by 1810, his Elgin Botanic Garden at last crowned twenty acres of Manhattan farmland. “Where others saw real estate and power, Hosack saw the landscape as a pharmacopoeia able to bring medicine into the modern age” (Eric W. Sanderson, author of Mannahatta). Today what remains of America’s first botanical garden lies in the heart of midtown, buried beneath

The Elegant and Edible Garden Book

The Elegant and Edible Garden


  • Author : Linda Vater
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2022-03-08
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780760372371

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The Elegant and Edible Garden Excerpt :

With guidance from The Elegant and Edible Garden, you’ll learn how to create a one-of-a-kind food garden that’s just as beautiful as it is functional.

Founding Gardeners Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Founding Gardeners


  • Author : Andrea Wulf
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 349
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307390684

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Founding Gardeners Excerpt :

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.