American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are by Wade GrahamAmerican Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are by Wade Graham

American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who…

byWade Graham

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American Eden moves luminously through landscapes of history, literature, biography, and design theory. . . . fusing sharp-edged analysis and graceful American prose.” —Kevin Starr, author of Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge

“Informative and absolutely engrossing.”  —Ross King, author of Brunelleschi's Dome 

Garden designer and historian Wade Graham offers a unique vision of the story of America in this riveting exploration of the nation’s gardens and the visionaries behind them, from Thomas Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden, Fredrick Law Olmsted’s expansive Central Park to Martha Stewart’s how-to landscaping guides. In the tradition of Mark Kurlansky, Simon Schama, and Michael Pollan, Graham delivers a sweeping social history that examines our nation’s history from an overlooked vantage point, illuminating anew the living drama of American self-creation.

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Wade Graham is a Los Angeles-based garden designer, historian,and writer whose work on the environment, landscape, urbanism, and the arts hasappeared inThe New Yorker,Harper's Magazine,Los Angeles Times,Outside, andother publications.
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Title:American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who…Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.12 × 7.38 × 1.01 inPublished:April 2, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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“The most comprehensive and readable history ever written about the men and women who created the environments in which we now live…. will change the way you look not only at gardens, but also at American history and the hybrid world-part nature, part design-in which we live.”