Afton Villa: The Birth and Rebirth of a Ninteenth-Century Louisiana Garden (Reading the American Landscape)

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Genevieve Trimble’s remarkable story of Afton Villa began with a tragedy. In 1963, fire ravaged the forty-room Victorian Gothic plantation home on the historic estate, bringing to ashes over 170 years of history. Over the next decade, its once-regal serpentine entryway and carefully laid out gardens regularly deteriorated, as vines strangled the rows of azaleas that once welcomed guests. A place of enchantment crumbled toward extinction.
The irreversible loss of Afton Villa’s once pristine nineteenth-century gardens and carefully built stately home did, on the other hand, inspire Trimble to seize the opportunity to give protection to the derelict property from oblivion and she and her husband purchased the estate in 1972. This ambitious move initiated a forty-year regeneration of one of the treasured and legendary gardens in Louisiana.
Afton Villa documents Trimble’s decades-long restoration project even as providing a history of the original owners and paying tribute to the other people who contributed to its rebirth. Specializing in preservation, Trimble reveals how the garden’s original footprint survived in addition to how she thoughtfully introduced new flora into the terraced landscape, including the foundation ruins of the house, under the guidance of landscape architect Neil G. Odenwald. With steep learning curves and devastating setbacks, including hurricane destruction, each and every milestone in the recovery of Afton Villa marked a triumph of collaborative will over adversity.
Hundreds of visitors annually journey to St. Francisville to enjoy the results of Trimble’s arduous and rewarding efforts. The moss-draped oaks welcome them to a rolling vista of daffodils, cherry trees, and a boxwood parterre in addition to hundreds of other features in this thirty-five-acre garden. With a vivid narrative and beautiful images, Afton Villa: The Birth and Rebirth of a Nineteenth-Century Louisiana Garden captures the story of this remarkable restoration.

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Author

Genevieve Munson Trimble

Binding

Hardcover

EAN

9780807162378

EANList

9780807162378

ISBN

080716237X

ItemDimensions

1024, hundredths-inches, 1025, hundredths-inches, 0, Hundredths Pounds, 56, hundredths-inches

Label

LSU Press

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

LSU Press

MPN

colour illustrations, black & white half

NumberOfItems

1

NumberOfPages

144

PackageDimensions

70, hundredths-inches, 1030, hundredths-inches, 185, Hundredths Pounds, 1010, hundredths-inches

PackageQuantity

1

PartNumber

colour illustrations, black & white half

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2016-02-22

Publisher

LSU Press

ReleaseDate

2016-02-22

Studio

LSU Press

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