The White House Garden

The White House Garden

by William Seale
     
 

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This book contains the story of one of the most famous and historic gardens in America. It is richly illustrated with original plans, historic images, and beautiful color photographs of rolling lawns and colorful seasonal displays at the White House.See more details below

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This book contains the story of one of the most famous and historic gardens in America. It is richly illustrated with original plans, historic images, and beautiful color photographs of rolling lawns and colorful seasonal displays at the White House.

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Library Journal
According to this fascinating history, the White House and surrounding Presidential Park have undergone tremendous change since 1791, when George Washington commissioned a plan for the new capitol from Pierre L'Enfant. Jefferson was the first president to attempt significant improvements to the grounds (he enclosed a front yard with a rail fence and planted trees), but the rest of the park was rented out to sheep and cattle herders for grazing. Author Seale, who has served as White House historian for the White House Historical Association, traces the evolution of the White House landscape, noting which features still remain, such as magnolias planted by Andrew Jackson. The history of the gardens frequently reflects the changing social roles of the First Family. Julia Grant, for example, took advantage of the hothouse built by Jackson to send bouquets to VIPs in lieu of the time-consuming social calling practiced by first ladies since 1809. This book will also interest students of public landscape design, as many prominent designers contributed to the White House landscape of today. Recommended for most gardening collections.Beth Clewis Crim, Prince William P.L., Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780912308647
Publisher:
White House Historical Association
Publication date:
06/01/1996
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,387,915
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)

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