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.

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]