Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Garden History

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: The Gardens at San Lorenzo in Piacenza, 1656-1665

The Gardens at San Lorenzo in Piacenza, 1656-1665

Segre, Ada V.

This fascinating two-volume set includes a photographic reproduction of an anonymous seventeenth-century Italian gardener’s notebook from Dumbarton Oaks’s Rare Books Collection. The notebook is a record of the planting of three flower gardens at San Lorenzo and provides insight into the creation of a seventeenth-century garden. Ada Segre’s accompanying study of the notebook is a groundbreaking example of garden archaeology.

Cover: Popular Annuals of Eastern North America, 1865–1914

Popular Annuals of Eastern North America, 1865–1914

Newcomb, Peggy Cornett

Using the evidence of written documents, seed and plant lists, catalogues, and illustrations, the author attempts to show which annuals were popular and how they were used in the fifty-year period following the Civil War. Several commercial seed lists are reproduced to document the changing styles of gardening.

Cover: Fountains, Statues, and Flowers: Studies in Italian Gardens of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Fountains, Statues, and Flowers: Studies in Italian Gardens of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

MacDougall, Elisabeth Blair

The essays in this volume focus on the different aspects of Italian gardens of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It is divided into two parts, with the first part concentrating on the decorations in Roman gardens of the sixteenth century, and the second considering two particular sites and their histories.

Cover: American Garden Literature in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (1785-1900): From the New England Farmer to Italian Gardens, An Annotated Bibliography

American Garden Literature in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (1785-1900): From the New England Farmer to Italian Gardens, An Annotated Bibliography

Wolschke-Bulmahn, Joachim
Becker, Jack

Cover: Gardens, City Life and Culture: A World Tour

Gardens, City Life and Culture: A World Tour

Conan, Michel
Chen, Wangheng

Gardens have exerted a deep influence on the culture of cities. Considering each city as a whole, this book presents the profoundly different roles of gardens in cultural development and social life. Gardens, City Life and Culture unveils an exciting domain of interplay between public and private action that is little known by citizen groups, city planners, and managers.

Cover: Gardens and Cultural Change: A Pan-American Perspective

Gardens and Cultural Change: A Pan-American Perspective

Conan, Michel
Quilter, Jeffrey

Five authors explore the variety of relationships between garden making and cultural change in Argentina, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States. They show how gardens express popular cultural invention and attempts at political manipulation, as well as provide places of cultural resistance by subjugated people.

Cover: Patricia Johanson’s <i>House and Garden</i> Commission: Re-construction of Modernity

Patricia Johanson’s House and Garden Commission: Re-construction of Modernity

Wu, Xin

In 1969, House and Garden magazine commissioned one of the first minimalist artists, Patricia Johanson, to propose new directions for American garden art. Having never been exhibited or published before as a whole, the resulting garden proposals reveal an unknown dimension of the New York art world of the late 1960s.

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