- Tapa dura: 377 páginas
- Editor: Acanthus Press,U.S. (25 de abril de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0926494155
- ISBN-13: 978-0926494152
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Gardens for a Beautiful America 1895 - 1935: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston (Inglés) Tapa dura – Ilustrado, 25 abr 2012
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At the opening of the 20th century, Americans looked out their windows and saw a landscape that had radically changed since their countryside childhoods. Since the close of the Civil War, the nation had become a land of industrial cities. Smokestacks, blackened skies, billboards and honky-tonk signs lined busy roads, and railroads ripped through golden corn fields. City streets and backyards were treeless and barren.Shocked into action, wealthy women rallied the Garden Club of America in 1913 to garden the 48 states back to moral and environmental health through design and preservation. To spread the word, they commissioned photographs to show all gardeners, rich and poor, what a garden should be. For this progressive challenge they turned to Frances Benjamin Johnston, celebrity photographer of country estates.Gardens for a Beautiful America 1895 - 1935, written by Sam Watters, presents for the first time 250 colored photographs of urban and suburban gardens taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston and preserved by the Library of Congress for over 70 years. Prepared as glass slides for Johnston's illustrated lectures, these photographs still resonate with her crusading message: garden the nation back to America the beautiful - one elm, one rose, one fountain and shady terrace at a time.
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Sam Watters writes and lectures on American houses and gardens. Educated at Yale University, University of Marseilles and at the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew, Watters is the author of books and numerous articles on subjects ranging from the gardens of The White House to cactus theft in the Mohave Desert. He is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
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Culled from the Library of Congress's collection of over a thousand, meticulously hand-colored photographs Ms. Johnston created over a forty-year period for use in her illustrated lectures to garden clubs, landscaping schools and civic groups, GARDENS FOR A BEAUTIFUL AMERICA is a handsomely-produced, voluminously illustrated record of Johnston's life and work, divided geograpically into sections on the estates of Newport, Long Island and the East Coast, the lush, semi-tropical gardens of the Pacific coast, Spanish moss-laden landscapes of the Old South,intimate enclaves of the cities and the famed gardens of Europe. Accompanying these luxuriant images are informative essays by Mr. Watters providing biographical information on Frances Benjamin Johnston and an analytical consideration of her role in what might be called the Country Beautiful movement.
Requiring intensive use of labor and large areas of vacant land, nothing has proven to be more ephemeral from the age of the Great Estates than its once-breathtakingly beautiful gardens. Mr. Watters's GARDENS FOR A BEAUTIFUL AMERICA is thus a most-welcome conjuring up of some of the most spectacular glories of that bygone era as recorded by one of its finest photographers.