The 18 acres surrounding the White House have been an unwitting witness to history—kings and queens have dined there, bills and treaties have been signed, and presidents have landed and retreated. Throughout it all, the grounds have remained not only beautiful, but also a powerful reflection of American trends. In All the Presidents’ Gardens bestselling author Marta McDowell tells the untold history of the White House Grounds, starting with plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden. History buffs will revel in the fascinating tidbits about Lincoln’s goats, Ike’s putting green, Jackie’s iconic roses, and Amy Carter’s tree house. Gardeners will enjoy the information on the plants whose favor has come and gone over the years and the gardeners who have been responsible for it all. And readers everywhere will delight in the historical and contemporary photographs, vintage seeds catalogs, and rare glimpses into Presidential pastimes.

MARTA MCDOWELL writes and lectures on gardening topics and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. Her particular interest is in authors and their gardens, the connection between the pen and the trowel. She is the author of All the Presidents’ Gardens, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, and Emily Dickinson’s Gardens.