The White House Garden

The White House Garden

by William Seale, Erik Kvalsvik
     
 

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This book tells the story of the White House garden — its trees, its plants, its history — truly Americas garden. Tree planting at the White House began during Andrew Jacksons administration in the 1830s & has never really stopped. Nearly every tree in the garden represents a President. Includes beautiful color & black-&-white drawings & color photographs.

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This book tells the story of the White House garden — its trees, its plants, its history — truly Americas garden. Tree planting at the White House began during Andrew Jacksons administration in the 1830s & has never really stopped. Nearly every tree in the garden represents a President. Includes beautiful color & black-&-white drawings & color photographs. Includes a chronology & a list of some of the flowers, herbs & trees found 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:
9780912308692
Publisher:
White House Historical Association
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

William Seale is an American historian and author whose work is focused on historical writing and the restoration of historic American buildings, notably state capitols. His books include, The Imperial Season; The President’s House: A History; The White House: History of an American Idea; The Tasteful Interlude: American Interiors Through the Camera’s Eye; Recreating the Historic House Interior; The Virginia Governor’s Mansion; Temples of Democracy: The State Capitols of the USA; and many others. He is editor of White House History the award-winning journal of the White House Historical Association.

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