has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Garden Books: Flower Gardens by Henry Sherman Adams (1913) - 2 in a seriesHistorical Garden Books: Flower Gardens by Henry Sherman Adams (1913) - 2 in a series

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Author of ” Making a Rock
Garden,” “Lilies,” etc.



Copyright, 1913, by
McBaiDE, NAST & Co.

Published, April, 1913


BACON, in the famous essay that is an eternal joy to the flower lover, maintains that a garden is “the Purest of Humane pleasures.” Certainly all will agree that it is among the purest.

In the nature of things it can be such only by so close an association with the home as to be “part and parcel” of it, as they say in New Eng- land. And the more intimate this association the more nearly does the garden approximate the Ba- conian estimate that it is “the Greatest Refreshment to the Spirits of Man.”

There must be gardenless homes in these days, more’s the pity. But wherever the garden, meaning more particularly the garden of flowers, comes into human life the first thought of all should be its affinity with the home. Unfortunately, this is only too often the very last thought; worse yet, many go on to the end of their existence without realizing the supreme experience.

More information on this book:

Publication date 1913
Topics Floriculture, Gardening
Publisher New York, McBride, Nast & Company
Collection cdl; americana
Digitizing sponsor MSN
Contributor University of California Libraries
Language English

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