American Eden

American Eden

From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are

Book - 2011
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"American Eden moves luminously through landscapes of history, literature, biography, and design theory. . . . fusing sharp-edged analysis and graceful American prose." --Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge

"Informative and absolutely engrossing." --Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's Dome

Garden designer and historian Wade Graham offers a unique vision of the story of America in this riveting exploration of the nation's gardens and the visionaries behind them, from Thomas Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to Michelle Obama's vegetable garden, Fredrick Law Olmsted's expansive Central Park to Martha Stewart's how-to landscaping guides. In the tradition of Mark Kurlansky, Simon Schama, and Michael Pollan, Graham delivers a sweeping social history that examines our nation's history from an overlooked vantage point, illuminating anew the living drama of American self-creation.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061583421
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 712.0973 Gra


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Jun 04, 2013

Lots of social science/art babble, very few pictures of the actual gardens. There seems to be no passion or actual interest in gardening in the book; it is more about a very stilted and limited view of social trends. The only time the writing comes to life at all is the author describing her childhood home in California which was a social magnet for artists and writers. One gets the feeling those memories were the reason for the book and it was a bit of a vanity project.


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