Almost 90 years ago, the government published War Vegetable Gardening and the Home Storage of Vegetables as a way for the average American to help with the war effort. This book offers an interesting snap shot of gardening techniques in the early 20th century. It was recently digitized by Google . Search on gardening and you will find a large selection of historical gardening books that have been scanned and converted to PDF files for downloading or viewing online.
It is from these gardening history roots (no pun intended) that our modern gardening practices have evolved.
As mentioned previously, formal gardens have evolved from those created in ancient Egypt and Persia. Today there are many famous gardens in cities large and small around the world. These botanical gardens have collections of plants that are both native to their locale and exotic as well. Many of them have glass houses that they use to recreate various climatic zones from tropical rain forests to desert areas. They all do an excellent job of educating the public as well as providing areas of great beauty for their communities. A few of the more famous are-
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Richmond, UK
The United States Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.
The New York Botanical Garden, New York, N.Y.
The Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado
The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland, Ohio
The San Francisco Botanic Garden, San Francisco, California
The Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia
The Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati, Ohio
Click here to see photos of our recent visit to the Krohn Conservatory
And many more.
Most major cities host flower shows. Coming at the end of winter or early spring, they add a welcome splash of color and fragrance for the winter weary citizens wherever they’re held. Some are held out of doors in April and May. The Philadelphia Flower Show staged by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in early March bills itself as the world’s largest indoor show. The famous Chelsea Flower Show put on by the Royal Horticultural Society is held in May. Most Garden shows have competitions in various areas and also exhibit’s by vendors and landscape contractors. They are a great place to get ideas to try out in your own garden.