Get 25% off sitewide with promo code SUMMER25 at checkout! Shop now »

For more great books, visit

American Home Landscapes

A Design Guide to Creating Period Garden Styles

By Denise Wiles Adams, Laura L. S. Burchfield

While there’s no shortage of information on restoring and maintaining the historical integrity of period homes, until now there has been no authoritative reference that provides comparable information for landscapes. American Home Landscapes is a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to recreating nearly 400 years of historical landscape design and adapting them to modern needs.

You will first learn how to research design elements for a particular property. Each of the following chapters focuses on the design characteristics of six well-defined historical periods, beginning with the Colonial period and ending with the last decades of the twentieth century. Each section features the most prominent landscape features of each era, such as paths, driveways, fences, hedges, seating, and accessories. Extensive bibliographic resources and historically accurate plant lists round out the text.

Whether the goal is to create a meticulously accurate period landscape or simply to evoke the look of a bygone era, you’ll find the tools you need in American Home Landscapes.

Read more

Shipping to the U.S. only. Please see our International FAQ for more information.

Books also available at
Meet the Authors
Denise Wiles Adams headshot

Denise Wiles Adams

More about the author
Laura L. S. Burchfield headshot

Laura L. S. Burchfield

More about the author
Review quotes

“A well-researched, useful, and beautiful book for all gardeners looking to create a period garden, and for readers interested in American garden history.” —Library Journal

“This book is profusely illustrated, painstakingly cross-referenced, and heavily annotated—by the most observant researchers. Dig in.” —Better Homes and Gardens

Product Details
Number of pages
Publication date
May 07, 2013