Maine's rich heritage of designed landscapes is rooted in the talents of groundbreaking landscape architects who saw the state's natural beauty as a muse guiding their work rather than merely as ground to be manipulated. Numerous public and private landscapes benefited from this design approach, which was carried out by Frederick Law Olmstead Sr. and his sons, Beatrix Farrand, Fletcher Steele and others. Drawn from a ten year survey of Maine's historic designed landscapes conducted by the Maine Olmstead Alliance for Parks and Landscapes and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, this book showcases those landscapes. Preface by Earle Shettleworth, Jr., foreward by Charles E. Beveridge. Hardcover. 216 pages.
Flower Fables is a treasury of six different stories penned by Louisa May Alcott. These old-fashioned fairy tales have been compiled and edited by Daniel Shealy, who has done editing on several Alcott books. The text is very readable, and has magic flavor added via the font's joining together of several letters. Today's children, like many children of the past, will enjoy meeting Alcott's fairies, sentient flowers, and other real and imagined characters. Illustrator Leah Palmer Preiss has filled the book with delightful and interesting fairies and other creatures. The illustrations are bright and full. Readers may want to watch for the bonuses of quotations and tiny portraits of those who influenced Louisa May Alcott. This book would make a good bedtime storybook, and like many tales of old, has good morals that children could take away with them perhaps without even realizing there was a lesson involved. The afterword is also interesting as it shares interesting details about Miss Alcott. For example, she wrote these tales when she was 16. Another bonus at the end of the book is the biographies that go along with the quotations and miniature portraits. Hardcover 210 pages
Prominent hortoculturalists present an excellent practical guide for reproducing period gardens in their many forms. Paperback 144 pages
This colorful Victorian book evokes an age gone by, when communication between people was a very special occasion, made more difficult by time and space. To Victorian letter-writers of the West, a new, exotic, and secret language came from the East, communicating through flowers. With more than 300 colorful Victorian illustrations of flowers, anyone wanting to know what to send for that perfect arrangement can turn to this beautiful dictionary. The first section gives the flowers and their meanings; the second has the words and their flowers, making it useful for either giving or receiving. Hardcover 96 pages
This is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of the most successful female landscape architect in 20th century America. This compeling film chronicles the life of Beatrix Farrand, the niece of Edith Wharton, who grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite and fought through the challenges of working in a male dominated profession to design over 200 landscape commissions during her remarkable 50 year career. The film takes the viewer on an inspiring journey across the country as we explore more than 50 Farrand garden-related sites and discover how her design work is still relevant today. 40 minutes.
The signs are all around. Step onto any New England landscape, and you'll be surrounded by clues to its past. All you need is a little help to interpret what you're seeing. In this fascinating book, the author takes us into the countryside and opens our eyes to the telltale traces of vanished homes, mills, farms, communities, and industry. Color photos and pencil sketches throughout. Paperback. 240 pgs.
"Since the heart of garden history beats in the details, there sould be a regional guide like this for each part of the country. Well researched, accurate,intense,quirky, focussed on individual gardens- and immensely readable." Mac Griswold.
Paper, 1996, 233pp.
Wildflowers of Maine presents a selection of the color paintings of pioneering botanist Kate Furbish (1834-1931). Including some of the more prominent flowers to be found in Maine, plus a few rarities, this delightful gift formatted edition is a treat for the senses and a testament to Kate Furbish’s lifelong passion to record all of Maine's plants and flowers in meticulous watercolor paintings. Color illustrations throughout also with a map of Maine indicating where the flowers were found. Hardcover. 127 pgs.