Recommended Historical Reads
Why Grow Here Essays on Edmonton’s Gardening History By Kathryn Chase Merrett
Nine essays explore how gardeners and gardens molded Edmonton’s social, cultural, and physical landscape.
“[Hong Lee’s garden is] a veritable Chinese tapestry worked out in rectangles of harmonious greens, sea green, sage green, olive green, and the delicate apple green of lettuce beds.” — Helen Gorman Cashman
Edmonton has a rich and diverse horticultural history. Vacant lot gardeners, rose gardeners, and horticultural societies have all contributed to the beautification of the capital city of Alberta, and through the enthusiasm of florists, seedsmen, and plant breeders, the city has developed a distinct horticultural character. In this collection of nine essays, each with a different theme, Kathryn Chase Merrett unearths the development of Edmonton’s social, cultural, and physical landscape by champions of nature and gardening. Edmontonians, gardeners, historians, and urban designers will delight in the colourful storytelling of Why Grow Here.