Allison Kyle Leopold

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The Victorian Garden


Explore the social customs and exquisitely furnished gardens of the nineteenth century in The Victorian Garden. “It was during the second half of the 19th century that Americans first fell in love with the garden,” writes Leopold. “With the same earnestness and diligence that they applied to all other areas of their lives, and the same ardor for artifice and excess, they managed to arrive at an unusual variety of exuberant garden styles.”

These styles are explored in chapters on The Furnished Garden, Small Gardens, The Kitchen Garden, and City Gardens. With a bounty of historical quotes and facts, Leopold examines the chronology and importance of many garden types, from the elegant Japanese garden and the classic moonlight garden to the charming fairy garden and children’s gardens. Also included is a source guide to finding the heirloom seeds and plants that Victorian Americans had a passion for, along with plant lists, floral combinations and antique design ideas, to help you create your own 19th century garden.


Selected Works

Non-Fiction
Victorian Splendor, Recreating America’s 19th Century Interiors
“As lavish and rich as its subject.”
--Publishers Weekly
The Victorian Garden
“…an inspiring book that I have trouble putting down!”
--The Garden Writers Association of America
Cherished Objects, Living With and Collecting Victoriana
“One of the finest lavish albums about Victoriana ever to appear. The photographs are dazzling and the wealth of information provided is unique.”
--The New England Review of Books



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