American Gardens of the Nineteenth Century
For Comfort and Affluence
American Gardens of the Nineteenth Century is the final of three authoritative volumes of garden history by Ann Leighton. This witty and detailed book focuses on nineteenth-century gardens and gardening. Leighton's material for the book was drawn from letters, books, and other primary sources. Throughout the book are reproductions of contemporary illustrations and descriptive listings of native and new plants that were cultivated during the nineteenth century. Leighton gives much attention to influential people such as plant explorers and designers of public parks. Not only does she record the development of gardening, but she also shows the historical growth and change in nineteenth-century America.
Companion volumes by Ann Leighton
Early American Gardens "For Meate or Medicine"
American Gardens in the Eighteenth Century "For Use or for Delight"
"Leighton's trilogy on American gardens and gardening of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries conveys the author's profound respect and admiration for her subject. Quoting letters, books, and other materials of each era, Leighton gives the reader a vivid picture, complete with plant lists and bibliographies. . . . Garden historians can appreciate Leighton's well-documented research. Interested authors will be fascinated by her perspective."—Garden Club of America Bulletin
"Leighton's attention to historical detail is impressive, and her talent for presenting the facts in a lively and entertaining prose will make this book appealing to a wide selection of readers. . . . an invaluable resource."—National Gardening