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Description - Feast Your Eyes by Susan J. Pennington

Vegetable gardening has made a comeback as a popular pastime in America. Yet gardeners are creating vegetable gardens with a difference; they are intended to be pleasing to the eye as well as a source for fresh produce. In an effort to beautify traditional vegetable gardens, landscape architects and amateur gardeners are finding inspiration in the elaborate European vegetable gardens of the 17th century. This text examines the historical antecedents of this modern movement as well as the changing perceptions of the beauty of vegetable gardens over time and among different cultures. Illustrated with over 100 historical and contemporary photographs and artwork highlighting material from the Smithsonian Institutions Archives of American Gardens, this book provides a wide-ranging discussion of such topics as the vegetable garden at Versailles, Ming dynasty vegetable gardens, the war gardens of World War I, World War II victory gardens - including those of the Japanese American internees - and vegetable still lifes. As the boundary between vegetable garden and flower garden has become blurred, the same is true for vegetables. Horticulturists have developed popular garden ornamentals fro

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520235229
ISBN-10: 0520235223
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 254mm x 12mm)
Pages: 153
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Susan J. Pennington

Susan J. Pennington was Enid A. Haupt Fellow in Horticulture at the Smithsonian Institution from 1999 to 2001. She is curator of the second exhibition in the Smithsonian's American Garden Legacy series and has appeared on PBS's The Victory Garden.