Revised research guide now available: Down the Garden Path: A Guide to Researching the History of a Garden or Landscape

I have just published a revised version of my Down the Garden Path: A Guide to Researching the History of a Garden or Landscape. It is available in digital format for CDN$9.99 on iTunes. Down the Garden Path: A Guide to Researching the History of a Garden or Landscape, Revised is designed to help you document a landscape. Documentation is the first step to preserve, conserve or restore a landscape – whether it is a private garden, city park, industrial complex, cemetery, historic house and grounds, etc. The guide contains descriptions of the major useful sources (such as maps, photographs, diaries, etc.); how to do library, archival and web research; how to do oral history interviews; and includes samples of the forms most often used when compiling a history of a site. Please click on the following link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/down-garden-path-guide-for-researching-history-garden/id1423696401?ls=1&mt=11

Commercial Fruit Growing in Canada, from European Contact to 1930: An Outline now available

I have just published Commercial Fruit Growing in Canada, from European contact to 1930: An Outline. It is available in digital format for CDN$9.99 on iTunes. The book broadly sketches the history of Canada’s commercial fruit growing, touching on various themes such as the continuing refinement of horticultural practices, the process from cultivation to storage to transportation; the rise of standardization; and the influence of science and technology on horticulture. It is not a detailed history of horticultural techniques, such as orchard, market garden or greenhouse cultivation, nor an economic history of the Canadian fruit industry. I leave such histories to future horticultural historians. The story stops at 1930. Why? By 1930, most of the supports, tools, markets and science were in place that would carry the Canadian fruit industry into modern times. Please click on the following link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/commercial-fruit-growing-in-canada-from-european-contact/id1400539897?ls=1&mt=11

Bibliography of Canadian Garden History Sources now available

A digital copy is now available for free on iTunes! Bibliography for Canadian Garden and Landscape History, up to 1950, Revised is a useful research tool for studying a small backyard garden of the 1890s or a city’s park system or a large cultural landscape such as the Grand-Pré Rural Historic District National Historic Site of Canada, Nova Scotia. Sources include books, articles, websites focussing on such major subjects as reference works, travel literature, ornamental gardening, exhibitions, floras, and prominent nursery men and women, botanists, landscape architects, general horticulture, nurseries, botanical gardens, parks, railway gardening, associations, and significant periodicals. Click on the following link to access the book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bibliography-for-canadian-garden-landscape-history/id1392493872?ls=1&mt=11