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American Gardens, 1880-1930


Edited, with an introduction by Sam Watters
12 x 9 inches, landscape format, 296 pages
Over 250 duotone photographs and plans
Clothbound, dust jacket $60
ISBN: 978-0-926494-43-5
September 2006

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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.


"The editor has done a stellar job of presenting a range of designers, both well-known and obscure. American Gardens
should serve as a unique visual resource for this great era of landscape architecture for many years to come."--Landscape Architecture Magazine

"Some of the most remarkable and diverse designs of the period." --Town & Country

"...admirable taste and erudition is used in the selection of the projects and ordering of the views and the overall beauty of the publication...With American Gardens,1890-1930 as a prime example, it is clear why the Arthur Ross Awards will be annoucing this month that Acanthus Press has been selected a winner for excellence in publishing..." --Period Homes


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