Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / AASLH
Trim: 7¼ x 10½
978-1-4422-6076-4 • Hardback • March 2017 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4422-6077-1 • Paperback • March 2017 • $58.00 • (£45.00)
978-1-4422-6078-8 • eBook • March 2017 • $55.00 • (£42.00)
Rudy J. Favretti is professor emeritus of landscape architecture at the University of Connecticut where he founded the nationally accredited landscape architecture program. In addition to his academic pursuits he established a private practice specializing in landscape preservation and restoration completing over 400 commissions, including Thomas Jefferson’s MONTICELLO, James Madison’s MONTPELIER, and George Washington’s MOUNT VERNON. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and all of his preservation-restoration plans and related materials, including over 4,000 colored slides, are part of the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
Joy Putman Favretti is a graduate of Cornell University in botany and holds a master of library science degree from the University of Rhode Island. She has been director of several libraries and established many important archives for libraries and individuals. Joy has also served on several boards and commissions in the preservation field including the former Connecticut Historical Commission.
1American Landscape Design
The Colonial Period, 1620–1775
Gardens of the New Nation, 1776–1850
The Victorian Period, 1860–1900
The Early Twentieth Century, 1900–1930
Landscape Settings for Public Buildings and Spaces
2Research and Plan Development
Research and Documentation
Developing a Philosophy and Developing a Plan
3Authentic Plants for Period Landscape Settings
Trends and Styles
Procuring Period Plants
List of Sources
List of Authentic Plants for Recreating Period Landscapes
4Maintaining the Restored Landscape
Perennials and Shrubs
Projecting Maintenance and Its Costs
Visitor Circulation and Wear
Vandalism and Site Security
This reviewer has used Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings since its original publication in 1978. It is that rare book, concise and packed with easy-to-access information, much of it unique. In subsequent years, this pioneering effort inspired other publications—many of them valuable—but none ever surpassed the work under review. This new edition is no mere reprinting with a pretty new cover (although it has one). It is extensively updated with new information, as one would expect over the course of 40 years. Notably, the lists of ‘Authentic Plants for Period Landscape Settings’ are expanded. Additional illustrations, including several in color, are added. Other material was deleted because alternative sources emerged. For example, the volume no longer includes a list of sources for plants because one can easily Google any plant by its botanical (Latin) name to find a supplier. The book remains accessible and well-indexed. The original edition reflected the authors’ young careers as accomplished professionals; this new one is the summa of long, accomplishment-filled lives. This book is appropriate for all readers.
Summing Up: Essential. All readers.
— Choice Reviews
This new edition of Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings is the go-to resource for anyone beginning the restoration of a historic landscape. The Favrettis lay out a clear process, and include comprehensive plants lists, to help the project manager be successful and faithful to the period of restoration.
— Patrick Larkin, Senior Vice President of Gardens, Cheekwood, Nashville
Rudy and Joy Favretti’s Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings: A Handbook for Reproducing and Creating Authentic Landscapes has been a bible for those interested in restoring or recreating historic landscapes. There has been nothing else comparable for the owner of an historic house, or the custodian of a house museum. It includes an excellent summary of American landscape styles, detailed methods and sources for research, listings of authentic plants for each period (with sources) and the too-often-neglected discussion of maintenance. The new edition brings the research up to date, and includes over seventy illustrations. This brings their work into the era of website connections, while giving information that is not available on any website that I know of, always in their usual accessible style.
— Elizabeth P. McLean, landscape historian
Historic landscapes lend a vital pulse to the revival of our architectural and cultural past. Rudy Favretti, the long-time Dean of American Landscape Architects, has choreographed and restored our most celebrated historic gardens and landscapes. This uniquely thorough manual is an indispensable how-to guide to accurately orchestrate and revive the gardens and landscape features of our horticultural legacy.
— Peter J. Hatch, Emeritus Director of Gardens and Grounds, Monticello
Bravo! A new edition of this indispensable work has been long overdue. It’s the original guide to researching and restoring American home landscapes, by the dean of American landscape preservation. For decades, savvy home-owners and museum sites have turned to it for guidance – and now, with its many updates and additions, it’s better than ever.
— Scott Kunst, landscape historian and founder of Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs
• Winner, Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2017)