Presidents' Gardens

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The White House is the most famous house in the world – yet its 18 acres of perfectly manicured grounds and magnificent gardens, much beloved by the Presidents and their families, are rarely seen by the public. This book is a horticultural celebration of these gardens, beginning with the influence of George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon on the design of the nation’s capital and looking at the development of White House gardens over two centuries. Rare photographs perfectly illustrate highlights from the best ...

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Overview

The White House is the most famous house in the world – yet its 18 acres of perfectly manicured grounds and magnificent gardens, much beloved by the Presidents and their families, are rarely seen by the public. This book is a horticultural celebration of these gardens, beginning with the influence of George Washington's beloved Mount Vernon on the design of the nation’s capital and looking at the development of White House gardens over two centuries. Rare photographs perfectly illustrate highlights from the best of the presidential gardens, including Jackie Kennedy’s Rose Garden, the Roosevelt wartime White House greenhouses and Michelle Obama's sustainability-inspired vegetable garden, which now produces food that is served to the First Family. The text is peppered with lively comments and useful tips from gardeners who contributed to White House beautification projects, serving many different Administrations.
 

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"Utilizing her passion for gardening and history, as well as her experience in the Reagan White House, Ms. Hoyt has delivered a book that is educational, fascinating, and entertaining.  Well researched and filled with photos, illustrations, and anecdotes, her work opens the garden gate on a world most of us will otherwise never have had the chance to enter."—NittyGrittyDirtman blog review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747812531
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: Shire USA Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,441,309
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Holden Hoyt grew up in Northern Virginia spending happy youthful hours at the gardens at Mount Vernon, Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, DC. She was a contributing writer in The Literary Gardener, a book about famous gardens in literature, and was a senior aide in the Reagan White House.

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When Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had grown up on a well-groomed river estate in the Hudson Valley of New York, came to live at the White House, he found the grounds in appalling disarray. There was a mishmash of overgrown plants, disconnected designs and a lack of any semblance of order. He enlisted the help of landscape designer Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. to bring order and botanical integrity to the presidential grounds. Mr. Olmstead conducted a comprehensive study of the gardens and grounds and drew up a plan for improvement—simply known as the “Olmstead Plan”—a lengthy report that describes in detail the conditions of the gardens and grounds in the 1930s and makes incremental recommendations for improvement. Historical accuracy, suitability and appropriateness—hallmarks of this report—are the traditions still followed today.

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Table of Contents

America's Early Presidents
Gardens for the White House
Orangeries and Greenhouses
Twentieth-Century Gardens
The Gardeners
Places to Visit
Further Reading
Index

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