Bloom & Grow

Dig into three books chronicling local history through its gardening traditions.

Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin’s Early Settlers 

(2011, Wisconsin Historical Society Press) uses plants to explore how immigrants and settlers lived in the state. Colorful photographs—many shot at Old World Wisconsin, where author Marcia C. Carmichael is a historical gardener—mix with historic accounts and recipes from Yankee, German, Norwegian, Irish, Danish, Polish and Finnish traditions.

Vintage Wisconsin GardensA History of Home Gardening

(2011, Wisconsin Historical Society Press) highlights vernacular gardens, “the outdoor spaces that Wisconsinites themselves created for their own use and enjoyment.” Lee Sommerville takes readers into the ornamental gardens of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with help from historic photographs and beautiful illustrations.

Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening

(2011, Wisconsin Historical Society PressJerry Apps melds practical tips with his personal philosophy about growing vegetables. His wife Ruth offers tempting recipes and son Steve contributes photographs.

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