Q. Can you suggest books on garden history?
I'm interested in restoring a garden and don't know where to start.
Two books by Denise W. Adams published by Timber Press are a good place to start and we have them here in the PHS McLean Library:
Adams, Denise W. American home landscapes : a design guide to creating period garden styles / Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2013.
She starts with the colonial period and moves right up to the 20th Century, showing typical garden plans and lists appropriate plants for each time period. Includes nursery sources and a good bibliography.
Followed by her encyclopedia of plants.
Adams, Denise W. Restoring American gardens : an encyclopedia of heirloom ornamental plants, 1640-1940 / Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2004.
Additionally, you can check out the books, articles and websites listed in these 2 subject guides on Garden History
Gardening using Heirloom Plants and Seeds
Use this guide to find information about growing heirloom flowers, fruits, and vegetables
Gardens of the Jazz Age
This is Information on 1920s-1940s popular garden designs, gardens, and the people responsible for them, with a focus on the Philadelphia area.