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 apartment 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 really is by way of extension the nation's first backyard. the entire Presidents' Gardens tells the untold historical past of the White apartment Grounds. beginning with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and finishing with Michelle Obama's concentrate on edibles, this wealthy and compelling narrative finds how the tale of the backyard can also be the tale of the USA. Readers find out about Lincoln's goats, Ike's placing eco-friendly, Jackie's iconic roses, Amy Carter's tree apartment, and masses extra. additionally they examine the crops whose prefer has come and long gone through the years and the gardeners who've been accountable for all of it. absolutely illustrated with new and ancient images and artwork, refreshingly nonpartisan, and liberating simply in time for election 12 months, this can be a must-read for an individual drawn to the pink, white, and eco-friendly!
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