American gardens of the nineteenth century: ''for comfort by Ann Leighton

By Ann Leighton

American Gardens of the 19th Century is the ultimate of 3 authoritative volumes of backyard heritage via Ann Leighton. This witty and certain e-book specializes in nineteenth-century gardens and gardening. Leighton's fabric for the ebook used to be drawn from letters, books, and different fundamental resources. during the e-book are reproductions of latest illustrations and descriptive listings of local and new crops that have been cultivated throughout the 19th century. Leighton supplies a lot recognition to influential humans reminiscent of plant explorers and architects of public parks. not just does she list the advance of gardening, yet she additionally exhibits the ancient development and alter in nineteenth-century America.

Companion volumes through Ann Leighton

Early American Gardens "For Meate or Medicine"
American Gardens within the Eighteenth Century "For Use or for Delight"

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Volume III. Common Gillenia. Poison Ivy. Wax Myrtle. Common Juniper. Red Cedar. Black Bean. Bulbous Crowfoot. Starry Anise. Virginia Snakeroot. Star Grass. American Rosebay. Ipecacuanha Spurge. Large flowering Spurge. Bitter Polygala. Page 28 Sweet-scented Water Lily. Black Alder. American Centaury. Common Erythronium. Prickly Ash. Common Hop. " Dr. Millspaugh made these illustrations himself from "fresh living individual plantsaided by experienced botanists," so someone must have had an extensive garden and intimate experience in growing plantsresources and skills now sadly lacking in modern instruction on landscape gardening arts and their history.

Of the first two categories, we grow several members for ornament today. Astringent plants found in contemporary gardens include Geranium maculatum (spotted cranesbill, whose root boiled in milk was used for cholera in children), G. robertianum (used in nephritis), Heuchera americana (American sanicle or alumroot, used by the Indians against cancer and as beneficial in ulcers), Actaea racemosa (black snakeroot or "squawroot," a cure for the itch and murrain in cattle; the roots make a gargle), Uva ursi (a valuable medicine in cases of "old" gonorrhea and nephritis), Liquidambar asplenifolium (sweet fern, used in treating diarrhea).

Tennent's much-publicized cure-all of the eighteenth century), and the wild cranesbill (Geranium maculatum), valued by the aborigines as an astringent in Page 27 looseness of the bowels and "officinal," as noted by Dr. Millspaugh in the United States Pharmacopaeia of his time. "Officinal" originally meant "sold in shops" and is now the indication of a plant's listing in the current Pharmacopaeia. Many of the plants in this chapter are so listed today, though often with no mention of their original attributes and with little recognition of their history, which predated the European settlement.

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