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Fruits and Plains

The Horticultural Transformation of America

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$57.00 • £45.95 • €51.50

ISBN 9780674026636

Publication Date: 02/28/2008


352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

37 halftones, 6 line illustrations, 11 maps


  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction: Taking the History of American Horticulture Seriously
  • 1. Culture and Degeneracy: Failures in Jefferson’s Garden
  • 2. The United States’ First Invasive Species: The Hessian Fly as a National and International Issue
  • 3. The Development of American Culture, with Special Reference to Fruit
  • 4. Fixing the Accidents of American Natural History: Tree Culture and the Problem of the Prairie
  • 5. Immigrant Aid: Naturalizing Plants in the Nineteenth Century
  • 6. Mixed Borders: A Political History of Plant Quarantine
  • 7. Gardening American Landscapes: From Hyde Park to Curtis Prairie
  • 8. The Horticultural Construction of Florida
  • 9. Culturing Nature in the Twentieth Century
  • 10. America the Beautiful
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2009 Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Literature Award, General Interest Category
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