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All the Presidents' gardens : Madison's cabbages to Kennedy's roses : how the White House grounds have grown with America

by McDowell, Marta,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
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Baldwin Borough Library Gardening 635.09 MCD
Location  Baldwin Borough Library
Collection  Gardening
Call Number  635.09 MCD
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction SB453.2.W35 M33 2016
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  SB453.2.W35 M33 2016
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Nonfiction 635.09753 M148
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  635.09753 M148
Jefferson Hills Public Library Non-Fiction 635.09 MCD
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  635.09 MCD
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 712.509753 M14
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  712.509753 M14
Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 635.09753 M13
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  635.09753 M13
South Park Library Nonfiction 635.09753 MCD
Location  South Park Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  635.09753 MCD
Whitehall Public Library Nonfiction Collection NF 635.09753 M148
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction Collection
Call Number  NF 635.09753 M148

A New York Times Bestseller and AHS Book Award winner

The 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. Throughout it all, the grounds have remained not only beautiful, but also a powerful reflection of American trends. In All the Presidents' Gardens bestselling author Marta McDowell tells the untold history of the White House Grounds with historical and contemporary photographs, vintage seeds catalogs, and rare glimpses into Presidential pastimes. History buffs will revel in the fascinating tidbits about Lincoln's goats, Ike's putting green, Jackie's iconic roses, and Amy Carter's tree house. 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* This volume covers the White House history via the gardens, the presidents, the First Ladies, the gardeners, and the many people who influenced the changes that have occurred over the last 200-plus years. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, while in England, visited many gardens together and brought ideas to the White House gardens as well as their own. History is often best learned from stories, and there are plenty of anecdotes here. Almost all presidents or their First Ladies put their individual stamps on the grounds. The Rose Garden became an extra room for sensitive discussions when Jimmy Carter was in residence. Though raising vegetables for the table diminished over the years since James Madison developed an extensive vegetable garden (early presidents entertained using their own money and resources in those days), Mrs. Obama now uses part of the grounds for encouraging local fruits and vegetables. The writing is conversational and inviting, as one might find when visiting a garden with someone who knows it well. The chapters group presidents by the social mores, fashions, and world events of periods that cover a variety of time spans. Photographs, line drawings, paintings, maps, and other documents add to the interesting stories. Short biographies of the 14 head gardeners, a lengthy chart of the plants in the gardens, and two bibliographies add to this delightful and elucidating work.--Scarth, Linda Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The land surrounding the White House is "one of the oldest continually cultivated patches on the North American continent," explains McDowell (Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life) in her delightful dig through White House gardens. She plots their history from the Washington administration to the Obamas, skipping the presidents and first ladies who made few changes. Her descriptions of the grounds and evolving garden tastes are complemented with a colorful array of illustrations. 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. In between stories of glass conservatories and golf greens, McDowell digresses interestingly to cemeteries and extension services; however, her factual style too often descends to the cutesy, which is overkill in an already lighthearted treatment of the subject. Color illus. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Gardens -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
Horticulture -- Washington (D.C.) -- History.
White House Gardens (Washington, D.C.) -- History.
Publisher Portland, Oregon :2016
Language English
Description 335 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 286-316) and index.
ISBN 9781604695892
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