Vintage Wisconsin Gardens

Vintage Wisconsin Gardens

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As Wisconsina€™s population moved from farmsteads into villages, towns, and cities, the state saw a growing interest in gardening as a leisure activity and source of civic pride. In Vintage Wisconsin Gardens, Lee Somerville introduces readers to the regiona€™s ornamental gardens of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, showcasing the a€œvernaculara€ gardens created by landscaping enthusiasts for their own use and pleasure. The Wisconsin State Horticultural Society, established during the mid-nineteenth century, was the primary source of advice for home gardeners. Through carefully selected excerpts from WSHS articles, Somerville shares the excitement of these gardeners as they traded cultivation and design knowledge and explored the possibilities of their avocation. Women were frequent presenters at the WSHS annual meetings, and their voices resonate. Their writings, and those of their male colleagues, are a remarkable legacy we can draw on todaya€”learning how Wisconsinites past created and enjoyed their gardens helps us appreciate our own. Filled with period and contemporary images, recommended plant lists, and garden layouts, Vintage Wisconsin Gardens will interest those curious about the history of the statea€™s cultural landscape and inspire readers to restore or reconstruct period gardens.But I learned to adapt, just like the nineteenth-century immigrants who successfully established their homes, gardens, and ... furnish, and interpret the interior and exterior of important structures tends to take precedence over the landscape.

Title:Vintage Wisconsin Gardens
Author: Lee Somerville
Publisher:Wisconsin Historical Society - 2013-11-06

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