Our First Family's Home: The Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden

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This volume tells the story of the home that has served as Ohio's executive residence since 1957, and of the nine governors and their families who have lived in the house. Once in a state of decline, the house has been lovingly restored and improved by its residents. The Ohio Heritage Garden provides a unique perspective on Ohio's natural beauty and demonstrates the importance of preserving native plant species. Looking toward the future, the Residence is also taking the lead in promoting environmental issues ...
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Overview

This volume tells the story of the home that has served as Ohio's executive residence since 1957, and of the nine governors and their families who have lived in the house. Once in a state of decline, the house has been lovingly restored and improved by its residents. The Ohio Heritage Garden provides a unique perspective on Ohio's natural beauty and demonstrates the importance of preserving native plant species. Looking toward the future, the Residence is also taking the lead in promoting environmental issues such as solar power and green energy. Our First Family's Home offers the first complete history of the residence and garden that represent Ohio to visiting dignitaries and the citizens of the state alike.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The book is filled with gorgeous photographs, mostly in color, of the Residence and grounds.... This is a book you may pick up to view the pretty pictures, but don't ignore the text.”
Mansfield News Journal

“No matter what your political persuasion, there’ll be no heated debate about the governor’s residence. Quite simply, it’s magnificent.”
Ohio Magazine

“[Our First Family’s Home] shows that the residence’s purpose is more than simply a dwelling place for a political leader; it is part of a history that is meant for all Ohioans to appreciate.”
Ohioana Quarterly

“This title is a treasure-trove of information.... The in-depth plant profiles are incredibly thorough with details on pollination and the plants’ relationship to wildlife.”
BellaOnline

“With the help of many expert contributors this book takes you on a journey through time, proving the residence is more than just a temporary house for a government official, but also a representation of our state’s pride.”
Akron Life & Leisure

“For those who have never visited the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden, this book is a true inspiration to do so.... Beautiful photography by Ian Adams is found throughout the book.... One of the most beautiful aspects...is the chapter of botanical art drawn by award-winning botanical artist Dianne McElwain.... This wonderful book of Ohio history, architecture, and horticulture ends with an inspiring afterword by Hope Taft.”
Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821417911
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Alice Mairose is the residence curator at the Ohio Governor’s Residence.

Ian Adams is a nationally renowned photographer based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, specializing in natural, rural, historical and garden photography. His publications include The Art and Craft of Garden Photography and The Holden Arboretum, with text by Steve Love.

Dianne McElwain is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists in New York. Her botanical paintings have won numerous awards and are found in prestigious collections throughout the United States.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Ted Strickland Strickland, Ted Frances Strickland Strickland, Frances

1 The Architecture of the Ohio Governor's Residence Barbara Powers Powers, Barbara 3

2 The History of the Residence Mary Alice Mairose Mairose, Mary Alice 13

3 The Ohio Governor's Residence Heritage Garden Master Plan Gary W. Meisner Meisner, Gary W. 41

4 A Tour of the Ohio Heritage Garden Dewey Hollister Hollister, Dewey 57

5 Native Plants of Ohio: Botanical Art Dianne McElwain McElwain, Dianne 81

Afterword: Lessons from the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden Hope Taft Taft, Hope Emerita 95

Appendix 1 Ohio's Botanical Heritage Guy Denny Denny, Guy 107

Appendix 2 Native Plants of Ohio: Botanical Descriptions Dewey Hollister Hollister, Dewey 119

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