with a love for the English garden
“To those anxious to know the rapid progress horticulture is making on the American continent, the catalogs of the nurserymen are very instructive.”
–Thomas Meehan, Gardener’s Monthly, 1860
Thomas Mickey is author of America’s Romance with the English Garden, published in 2013 by Ohio University Press. Researched over a year through a grant from the Smithsonian, the author spent a year in Washington D.C. exploring the archives at the American History Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Mickey states, “The focus of my work was to study the connection between marketing and the garden in nineteenth century America. I began by looking at seed and nursery catalogs from that time, and I never left them. I couldn’t get enough of the catalogs. I loved the language the writers used and the images, but especially what the catalogs taught us about gardening.”