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by Lawrence D. Griffith
For gardeners interested in colonial plants, this narrative and pictorial hardback provides a historically authentic plant palette. Drawing on years of archival research and field trials, Lawrence Griffith, curator of plants at Colonial Williamsburg, documents how 57 species of utilitarian and ornamental flowers and herbs might have been cultivated and used in colonial gardens.
Each plant description includes a brief anecdote of its use in the colonial garden, a plate illustration, vivid photographs and cultivation tips. The closing chapter offers general planting information. An impressive resource, overflowing with annuals, biennials and perennials to grow in today’s gardens.
Hardcover, 9-1/2" x 11", 292 pages, 2008.
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