America's Romance with the English Garden


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Ohio University Press
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6.09 X 0.66 X 8.48 inches | 1.27 pounds
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About the Author

Thomas J. Mickey is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Boston Architectural College's Landscape Institute, a Master Gardener, and a garden columnist. His other books include America's Romance with the English Garden, from Ohio University Press, and Best Garden Plants for New England.


"A penetrating look at the standardized English garden's grip on the American imagination."--Ted Steinberg, author of American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn
"Nursery catalogues sell more than seeds and plants; they also sell dreams and aspirations.... Mickey has thoughtfully woven together an American landscape design history with a critical examination of how commercial interests and mass media shape our preferences, even in our humble backyards."--Publishers Weekly
"Mickey convincingly demonstrates how catalog companies used advances in color printing, rural postal service, and railroad networks to reach a mass audience, uniformly promote the English ideal, and create demand for their own products. Thoroughly researched and footnoted, the book includes examples from powerful and enduring catalogs such as Burpee's but also from lesser-known and regional seed companies, including some from the burgeoning West." --Library Journal
"In his wonderfully enlightening book, Thomas J. Mickey describes how the garden of this early period in this country became a cultural symbol for the American middle class. Also this period of our history was when our fascination with expanses of green lawn originated.If you read America's Romance with the English Garden, you will be glad that you did. Better still, you could share it with a fellow gardening Anglophile."--Focus on Flowers, Indiana Public Media
"America's Romance with the English Garden is a must for gardening history collections, highly recommended."--The Midwest Book Review
"This is an illuminating book packed with very readable results of dedicated and thoughtful research. It helps give a greater understanding of how and why English garden style has been admired in North America for such a long time." -- Gardens Illustrated