By Ann Leighton
American Gardens of the 19th Century is the ultimate of 3 authoritative volumes of backyard heritage through Ann Leighton. This witty and certain ebook makes a speciality of nineteenth-century gardens and gardening. Leighton's fabric for the e-book used to be drawn from letters, books, and different fundamental assets. through the publication are reproductions of latest illustrations and descriptive listings of local and new vegetation that have been cultivated in the course of the 19th century. Leighton offers a lot recognition to influential humans akin to plant explorers and architects of public parks. not just does she checklist the improvement of gardening, yet she additionally exhibits the ancient progress and alter in nineteenth-century America.
Companion volumes by means of Ann Leighton
Early American Gardens "For Meate or Medicine"
American Gardens within the Eighteenth Century "For Use or for Delight"
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The devastating Civil War would seem to have had little impact on gardening literature, beyond effecting a pause in the promotion of new ideas and exchanges of new plants, but it created emergencies in medical supplies and agricultural produce. A nineteenth-century American plant book of historic importance emerged from the needs of the southern states. Dr. Francis Peyre Porcher was directed by the surgeon general of the Confederate States to investigate southern resources. He produced a small volume, which he later developed into a book (published in Charleston in 1869), Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests; Being Also a Medical Botany of the Southern States.
And much was left undetermined. Seventeenthcentury herbalists had never been able to decide if white roses were binding and red roses loosening, or vice versa, although a conserve of the hips of red roses was recommended for seasickness on long voyages. Manasseh Cutler's entry on the wild rose or dog rose clarifies these mysteries. The blossoms gathered before they expand, and dried, are astringent; but when full blown are purgative. This species is generally preferred for conserves. The pulp of the berries beat up with sugar, makes the conserve of hepps of the London dispensatory.
Expected and accepted by early travelers, they bloom in old letters and accounts. Books on how to plant, use, and maintain them stood beside family Bibles. Apothecaries could assume their existence and depend upon them. Recipes for cooking meat, fish, and pies show what had to be available in them. Linens were scented and blankets kept from moths by pungent leaves and flowers harvested from the garden. People walked in their gardens, and sat in them, and built outhouses and toolhouses and summerhouses and wellhouses and birdhouses in them.
American gardens of the nineteenth century: ''for comfort and affluence'' by Ann Leighton