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Gardens and Historic Plants of the Antebellum South
     

Gardens and Historic Plants of the Antebellum South

by James R. Cothran
 
A native South Carolinian, who teaches courses on historic US gardens at Georgia state universities, provides a guided tour of plantation gardens and the ornamental plants of his home state from the South's golden age of horticulture. Drawing on period accounts and botanical illustrations celebrating such regional ornamentals as camellia, magnolia, and Southern smilax

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A native South Carolinian, who teaches courses on historic US gardens at Georgia state universities, provides a guided tour of plantation gardens and the ornamental plants of his home state from the South's golden age of horticulture. Drawing on period accounts and botanical illustrations celebrating such regional ornamentals as camellia, magnolia, and Southern smilax, Cothran situates them in historical context. He includes biographical profiles and research resources, including early nursery catalogues. Oversize: 9x12". Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Cothran, a landscape architect and garden historian in Atlanta, tapped a wealth of primary sources (e.g., diaries, letters, maps, garden plans, catalogs, paintings, and photographs) for this description of gardens and landscapes created in the deep South between 1820 and 1860. In Part 1, he identifies the historic gardens found in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; forms and features of prewar gardens; types of gardens, i.e., city, town, and plantation; garden styles; and resources, including books, agricultural journals, and nursery catalogs. Part 2 profiles trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, and roses available to gardeners prior to 1861, incorporating excerpts from 19th-century travel books (the section on the gardens of each state does the same). One of Cothran's goals is to expand upon previous research on plantation gardens to focus on the gardens found in towns and major cities; he includes many travelers' accounts extolling the beauty of Charleston, Savannah, Mobile, Natchez, and more. The bibliography (not seen) should be extensive and useful for further research, while heirloom gardeners will appreciate the garden plans and plant lists. Recommended for Southern and larger gardening collections with an interest in historical garden design.-Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781570035012
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
9.12(w) x 12.38(h) x 1.00(d)

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