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Andrew Jackson Downing - Selected works

landscape horticulturist views

Landscape gardener and horticulturist, born in Newburgh, New York, USA. He learned horticulture in his family's nursery. He became widely influential with his views on designing landscape and buildings expressed in his A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening (1841) and Cottage Residences (1842), and later wrote the standard text The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America (1845). He was editor of The Horticulturist (1846–52), which further promoted his views of improving properties. Somewhat influenced by then current English ideas, he brought Calvert Vaux from England (1850), and together they designed various projects until Downing's untimely death in a steamboat disaster.

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