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Old Time Gardens
Alice Morse EarlePaper: $12.95
Earle, who was from Massachusetts, wrote with fascinating details and anecdotes about old gardens and newer gardens of her era that took inspiration from the past. The many photos are a trove for readers interested in restoring an old garden.
One of the best books in my collection . . . Old Time Gardens makes wonderful bedtime reading, especially in winter, because each chapter can stand alone. History and poetry are mixed into every chapter along with the plant lore and traditions.
Old Time Gardens is a book so well written that each of the twenty-two chapters can be read independently . . . In addition to providing captivating descriptions and information about historic gardens from New England to Philadelphia, Earle offers the fruits of extensive research into the plants of the Colonial era. Among the treasures of the book are the two hundred vintage photographs of America's gardens as they existed around 1900. Old Time Gardens should find a place on the shelf of gardeners and historians as well as Colonial Revival enthusiasts. For long winter nights or tedious aeroplane journeys, it offers far more diversion than the latest thriller. Earle's wealth of knowledge about American gardens and the people who made them is still inspiring a hundred years after the book was first published.
—Hortus: A Gardening Journal
There are interesting anecdotal stories throughout the book and a wonderful collection of historic garden photographs all in black and white. Discussed are colonial garden design, sundials, garden furnishings, borders, moonlight gardens . . . and other old garden favorites. This book on old-time gardens is as useful today as it was in 1901 and delightful to read..
—National Garden Clubs
ALICE MORSE EARLE (1851–1911) was a popular writer of the Colonial Revival movement. She was the author of seventeen books, many of them about daily life in early America, especially in New England. Thanks to her meticulous research and the timelessness of her writing, a number of these books are still in print. VIRGINIA LOPEZ BEGG is a landscape historian and designer, and author of numerous articles about the role of women in shaping the American landscape, particularly through the garden literature of the 1860–1940 period.