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Lessons Learned from a Poet's Garden
a beautiful and practical guide to restoring an historic garden, as told through photos, notes, and friendships.
by Jane Baber White
(Lynchburg, VA, Blackwell Press, 2011)
Using the charming garden of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer as a case study, Jane Baber White has documented the steps taken by her garden club over a 28-year period to restore and maintain this historic National Register property. The beautiful results have received international recognition. The book includes poetry and writings of Anne Spencer never-before published.
• Hardcover, with dust jacket
• 192 pages
• Lavishly illustrated with more than 310 photographs and illustrations
• Fully indexed
• Limited edition
• A complete horticultural documentation
"This small-publisher gem is a visual and intellectual feast. It tells the story of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer's dream of a garden sanctuary come true. It tells through the lens of the garden's restoration. The storyteller is Jane White. who discovered the garden after Spencer's death and heard Anne Spencer's poetry echoing from the earth. Despite the overgrowth and disrepair, White knew the heart of Spencer's 70 year labor of love still beat solidly. The book overflows with stunning photography, some of it vintage, most of it modern day, documenting both Spencer's creation and the community based restoration and preservation effort which restored the glory. This will be a very special gift for gardeners, poets, historians, preservationists and, of course artist!"
Anne Spencer: “Ah, how poets sing and die!”
by Nina V. Salmon
(Lynchburg, VA : Warwick House, 2001)
$250.00 New never used!
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This 86-page paperback book includes a 26 page commentary on Anne Spencer's life and writings and 42 poems by Anne Spencer, illustrated with black and white photographs. Nina V. Salmon is an Anne Spencer specialist and Assistant Professor of English at Lynchburg College.
Half My World: The Garden of Anne Spencer, a History and Guide,
by Rebecca T. Frischkorn and Reuben M. Rainey
(Lynchburg, VA: Warwick House, 2003).
$30.00 Rare Book!
This 160-page paperback book describes the history and restoration of the garden at the Anne Spencer House in Lynchburg, Virginia The book includes eighteen garden-related poems by Anne Spencer; it is illustrated with numerous black and white and color photographs. Rebecca T. Frischkorn is a landscape designer and executive producer and host of Garden Story- Inspiring Spaces, Healing Places, a public television series about how gardens have the power to change our lives. Reuben M. Rainey has taught history of landscape architecture at the University of Virginia for many years; he has published on a range of topics such as Italian Renaissance gardens, 20th century American landscape architecture, and historic preservation.
Anne Spencer Revisited: A Companion to the Film by Keith Lee
Poems by Anne Spencer, edited and with notes by Beth Packert; illustrated with photographs by Susan Saandholland
(Lynchburg, VA: Blackwell Press, 2008)
This 48-page hardbound book includes 20 poems by Anne Spencer, illustrated with Susan Saandholland's lovely color photographs of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum. The book includes notes on Anne Spencer's life, her house and garden, the composition of the poems, and the making of Keith Lee's film. Susan Saandholland is a freelance photographer with a studio at Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg. Beth Packert is a retired lawyer and poetry specialist who teaches English courses at Lynchburg College.
Anne Spencer Revisited: A Film by Keith Lee
(Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, 2008)
Limited quantities available!
This 23-minute DVD presents a short introduction by Keith Lee and twelve vignettes depicting dramatized readings of poems by Anne Spencer, who is portrayed by Sonia Langhorne. The film was shot by Phil Spinner in the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum and includes still photographs by Susan Saandholland. Keith Lee is Artistic Director of Dance Theatre of Lynchburg.
Time's Unfading Garden
by J. Lee Greene
This book, published in 1977 by Louisiana State University Press, is now out of print. It is available in some public libraries, occasionally on line, or at an estate sale. "It is the shoulders on which the other books exist and has enriched lives for it." Shaun Spencer-Hester.
1313 Pierce Street • Lynchburg, Virginia 24501 • 434-845-1313 • The Garden Conservancy provides preservation assistance to the Anne Spencer garden