Thoreau's Gardening Expenses: Reflections on the History of Gardening and Gardeners

A look at Henry David Thoreau's gardening expenses at Walden Pond sets this grower off on an ambling tour of horticultural history.



Burpee Seed Catalog 1876
The Burpee annual seed catalog from 1901 celebrated the catalog's first quarter-century in publication.
PHOTO: W. ATLEE BURPEE & CO.
Gardens at Versailles
Gardens of yesteryear reflect a diversity of priorities: romance (Hampton Court was noted for King Henry VIIl's courting), raising food, and upper class ostentation—as this 19th-century bird's-eye view of the gardens of Versailles captures vividly.
PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/ANONYMOUS (RMN) [PUBLIC DOMAIN]

















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