For Shade and for Comfort: Democratizing Horticulture in the Nineteenth-century Midwest

Explores the unprecedented burst of horticulture interest in the nineteenth-century, and documents its influence on Midwestern domestic landscapes. With its careful portrayal of actual ornamental plant use and its examination of nineteenth-century horticultural advice literature and nursery and seed trades, 'For Shade and for Comfort' will appeal to rural, cultural, and environmental historians of the midwest, and those readers who simply love horticulture and gardening.