American Gardens (1890-1930) Vol. I The Northeast, Mid Atlantic and Midwest

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Edited by Sam Watters

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Acanthus Press LLC
Territory: World excluding USA & Canada
Size: 305 mm x 228 mm
Pages: 295
Illustrations: 192 colour, 59 b&w

RRP £45.00

American Gardens, 1890 -1930: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest Regions is the first of three volumes to be published by Acanthus Press as the landscape component of its residential architecture series, Suburban Domestic Architecture. Presenting period photographs of gardens and garden buildings of prominent estates, American Gardens evokes the pastoral lives of America's rich, including Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, John D. Rockefeller, Isabella Stewart Gardener, and R. J. Reynolds.

In the hands of the period's greatest practitioners, Marian Coffin, Beatrix Jones Farrand (Edith Wharton's niece), and Rose Standish Nichols, and their male counterparts, Charles Platt, Frederick Law Olmsted and his sons, Charles Freeman Gillette, and Jens Jensen, the house and garden became a harmonious whole in which the concept of the landscape as an exterior room first emerged.

Edited and with an introduction by Sam Watters, American Gardens has more than 250 archival photographs and plans and an invaluable biography section profiling the schooling and projects of the landscape designers whose work is featured in the book. In a large landscape format, American Gardens captures estate gardens as they existed for one generation, a time when people had the land, the time, and the skill to fulfill the grandest gardening fantasies.

Future volumes in the series will cover California, the South, and the Pacific Northwest.