All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's by Marta McDowell

By Marta McDowell

"A history-rich and extremely readable account of ways our presidents and their households have left their imprint at the 18 acres surrounding the administrative mansion." —Traditional Home
The White residence floor were an unwitting witness to history—a backdrop for squaddies, suffragettes, protestors, and activists. Kings and queens have dined there, money owed and treaties were signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. the back and front backyard for the 1st kinfolk, it truly is via extension the nation's first backyard. the entire Presidents' Gardens tells the untold heritage of the White condo Grounds. beginning with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and finishing with Michelle Obama's concentrate on edibles, this wealthy and compelling narrative unearths how the tale of the backyard can also be the tale of the United States. Readers find out about Lincoln's goats, Ike's placing eco-friendly, Jackie's iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree residence, and lots more and plenty extra. additionally they research the crops whose want has come and long gone through the years and the gardeners who've been answerable for all of it. absolutely illustrated with new and ancient photos and artwork, refreshingly nonpartisan, and liberating simply in time for election yr, it is a must-read for a person drawn to the pink, white, and eco-friendly!

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Long, tips acuminate, waxy yellowish to gray- 43 44 AGAVACEAE -Agave ish green, softly fleshy, almost flat, arching outward; unarmed. Branches reclining or ascending. Trunk-forming, flowering yearly. The inflorescence stalk develops a swanlike arch with groups of flowering spikes commonly arrayed in the same direction. Of moderate elevation in mountain pine forest understory. Requires light filtration and weekly irrigation in hot, arid climates (Irish and Irish 2000). Agave decipiens FALSE SISAL Synonym: A laxifolia.

Leaves: elliptic, 3-5 in. long, eggplantpurple, glossy or dull, tip narrowing abruptly to a point (cuspidate); margins smooth. Unusual in cultivation. The deep purple foliage is distinctive and offers excellent contrast for the landscape. ; zones 10-11. Blooms winter, spring. Regular moisture. Fertile, well-drained soil. Part sun to bright broken light. Flowers: trumpet-shaped, blueviolet, lobes almost radially symmetrical; bracts green with conspicuous white veins; in spikes clustered near the ends of the branches.

Desmettiana (H. Gentry 1982). ; zones 7-11. northern Honduras. ; zones 9-11. Blooms at rity. Seasonally moist/dry. Average, Blooms after 20-30 years. Dry. multiannual, 6-10 in. high; zones maturity. Moderate moisture to gritty, well-drained soil. Full sun. Average, gritty, well-drained soil. 9-11. Blooms at maturity. Semi- seasonally moist/dry. Gritty, well- Flowers: bright orange-yellow; in- Full sun. Flowers: yellow, buds red- arid. Average, gritty, well-drained drained soil. Full to part sun.

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