Our First Familys Home: The Ohio Governors Residence and Heritage Garden by Mary Alice MairoseOur First Familys Home: The Ohio Governors Residence and Heritage Garden by Mary Alice Mairose

Our First Familys Home: The Ohio Governors Residence and Heritage Garden

EditorMary Alice Mairose

Hardcover | May 20, 2008

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This richly illustrated volume tells the story of the home that has served as Ohio’s executive residence since 1957, and of the nine governors and their families who have lived in the house. Our First Family’s Home offers the first complete history of the residence and garden that represent Ohio to visiting dignitaries and the citizens of the state alike. Once in a state of decline, the house has been lovingly restored and improved by its residents. Development of the Ohio Heritage Garden has increased the educational potential of the house and has sparked an interest in the preservation of native plant species. Looking toward the future, the Residence is also taking the lead in promoting environmental issues such as solar power and green energy.

Photographs by award-winning environmental photographer Ian Adams and botanical art by Dianne McElwain showcase the beauty of the home’s architecture and the myriad of native plants that grace the three acres on which the Residence stands. Dianne McElwain is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists in New York. Her botanical paintings have won numerous awards and are found in prestigious collections throughout the United States.

Essays highlight the Jacobethan Revival architecture and the history of the home. The remaining pieces cover the garden and include an intimate tour of the Heritage Garden, which was inspired by Ohio’s diverse landscape. Finally, Governor Ted Strickland and First Lady Frances Strick­land discuss the increasing focus on green energy at the Governor’s Residence and First Lady Emerita Hope Taft explains how native plants can help sustain the environment.
Mary Alice Mairose is the residence curator at the Ohio Governor’s Residence. Ian Adams is a nationally renowned photographer based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, specializing in natural, rural, historical and garden photography. His publications include The Art and Craft of Garden Photography and The Holden Arboretum, with text by Steve...
Title:Our First Familys Home: The Ohio Governors Residence and Heritage GardenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.63 inPublished:May 20, 2008Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0821417908

ISBN - 13:9780821417904

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Editorial Reviews

“For those who have never visited the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden, this book is a true inspiration to do so.... Beautiful photography by Ian Adams is found throughout the book.... One of the most beautiful aspects...is the chapter of botanical art drawn by award-winning botanical artist Dianne McElwain.... This wonderful book of Ohio history, architecture, and horticulture ends with an inspiring afterword by Hope Taft.” — Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society Newsletter