Thursday 12 January 2012

American Garden History Organisations

Following on from yesterdays American theme, I should add that the Garden Club of America has a Garden History and Design Committee that ‘seeks to educate GCA members about styles and trends in landscape and garden design, and to demonstrate that American gardens are an integral part of the cultural and social life of the communities where these gardens exist.’

I’ve also found three more sites which I hope will interest you. 

The Thomas Cave Family (1749) by Arthur Devis
The focus of the blog Early American Gardens is ‘snippets of early American garden history from along the Atlantic coast & images’ - and the blog features some wonderful 18th century paintings of garden scenes - see above.

Since its establishment in 1989 The Garden Conservancy (TGC) in its own words has ‘done more than any other national institution to save and preserve America’s exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public’.  A claim made with justification for TGC not only provides ‘horticultural, technical, management, and financial expertise to sustain these fragile treasures. It helps ensure long-term stewardship of these natural assets’ but also since 1995 providing access to some of America’s finest private gardens through its Garden Conservancy's Open Days Programme

The American Garden Museum is an web-based project with a most laudable aim.  It is working archive that ‘celebrates American gardens and their gardeners. The Museum highlights gardens big and small, urban and rural, gentle and outrageous, wildly expensive and affordable. It does not, however, support competitions, or pass judgement on the aesthetic or technical merit of any garden. It simply collects and shares American garden stories and pictures.’  Why not contribute and send your story?


  1. Thank you so much for mentioning American Early American Gardens! Now following you by email, as well.

    Barbara Wells Sarudy

    1. Thank you for writing such a splendid and informative blog - really enjoying it