High Plains Horticulture: A History

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High Plains Horticulture explores the significant, civilizing role that horticulture has played in the development of farmsteads and rural and urban communities on the High Plains portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, drawing on both the science and the application of science practiced since 1840. Freeman explores early efforts to supplement native and imported foodstuffs, state and local encouragement to plant trees, the practice of horticulture at the Union Colony of Greeley, the ...
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Overview


High Plains Horticulture explores the significant, civilizing role that horticulture has played in the development of farmsteads and rural and urban communities on the High Plains portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, drawing on both the science and the application of science practiced since 1840. Freeman explores early efforts to supplement native and imported foodstuffs, state and local encouragement to plant trees, the practice of horticulture at the Union Colony of Greeley, the pioneering activities of economic botanists Charles Bessey (in Nebraska) and Aven Nelson (in Wyoming), and the shift from food production to community beautification as the High Plains were permanently settled and became more urbanized. In approaching the history of horticulture from the perspective of local and unofficial history, Freeman pays tribute to the tempered idealism, learned pragmatism, and perseverance of individuals from all walks of life seeking to create livable places out of the vast, seemingly inhospitable High Plains. He also suggests that, slowly but surely, those that inhabit them have been learning to adjust to the limits of that fragile land. High Plains Horticulture will appeal to not only scientists and professionals but also gardening enthusiasts interested in the history of their hobby on the High Plains.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Anyone interested in gardening or history should enjoy this book as much as I did."
—Cheryl Anderson, Wyoming Library Roundup

"John Freeman tells a story of hope and resilience as the military, early settlers, and eventually land grant university Extension agencies developed the means for growing both ornamental and esculent plants in lands with limited precipitation."
—Keith Crotz, The American Gardener

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870819278
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 11/30/2008
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


John F. Freeman is the founder and president emeritus of the Wyoming Community Foundation, served as community development volunteer to Wyoming governor Dave Freudenthal, and continues as adviser to several small communities. He has a Ph.D. in early modern European history from the University of Michigan and is currently studying the history of forest conservation in the Black Hills.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Horticultural Beginnings 7

2 Trees for the High Plains 19

3 Horticulture for Home and Community 33

4 Toward "A New Phase of Civilization" 51

5 Science and Its Application to Horticulture 63

6 Creating Home on the Range 85

7 Limits of Dry-Land Horticulture 107

8 Forging New Paths in Ornamental Horticulture 129

9 Collecting and Creating Hardy Plants 151

10 Federal Engagement in Horticulture 171

11 The Cheyenne Horticultural Field Station 195

12 Horticulture and Community 227

Postscript 243

Bibliography 249

Index 261

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