All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's Roses_How the White House Grounds Have Grown with America
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In All the Presidents' Gardens bestselling author Marta McDowell tells the untold history of the White House Grounds, starting with plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's kitchen garden. A New York Times BestsellerThe 18-acres surrounding the White House have been an unwitting witness to history—kings and queens have dined there, bills and treaties have been signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. And readers everywhere will delight in the historical and contemporary photographs, vintage seeds catalogs, and rare glimpses into Presidential pastimes.. Gardeners will enjoy the information on the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all. Throughout it all, the grounds have remained not only beautiful, but also a powerful reflection of American trends. History buffs will revel in the fa
Often injecting wit, she explains how the White House has dealt with typical garden pests (raccoons who fish in water gardens) as well as atypical problems (e.g., helicopter winds or hosting 1,000 guests at a time). McDowell fills the book with juicy tidbits: the last cow to graze on the White House lawn (1912) was named Pauline Wayne; Herbert Hoover wanted ‘the help’ to seem invisible, so they hid behind hedges when he passed by." —Publishers Weekly “Given its timeless grace, the visitor today might think that the Rose Garden was always a part of the grounds of America’s first garden, but as Mar
PM51 said Wonderful history of the presidents' gardens.. Beautiful illustrations. Amazing amount of interesting information about the White House, the presidents and their families, the history of horticulture in the U.S. and of course, the White House gardens. Highly recommend.. Author Chaser said Great Fun Historical Resource Book!!! :-). This book is an excellent historical resource in my Home Library and attending the author's lecture and getting my copy of the book personalized and autograph was AWESOME!!! Fun author to talk to!!!. K. Germann said Good information but slow. Good information but slow. It was very clear that the book just scraped the surface of info, so makes me research the subject more.