All the Presidents' Gardens
By Marta McDowell. ISBN 978-1-60469-589-2. Copyright 2016. Hardcover with 335 pages including contemporary and historical photographs and art, recommended reading, sources, and index.
From the moment a spade broke ground for the new presidential mansion, the 18 acres that surround the White House have been a backdrop to history. Wars, territorial expansion, economic booms and busts, the growth of agriculture and industry, the changing tides of taste and fashion all have been mirrored in the lawns, trees, shrubs, and flowerbeds that serve as the nation's "First Garden". Garden historian Marta McDowell traces the story of how the White House grounds were conceived and how they changed with changing administrations from George Washington's classical landscape designs through Michelle Obama's kitchen garden.