"Give this house, oh traveler, Pray
A blessing as you pass this way
And if you've time, I beg your pardon
While you're at it, bless this garden"
Inscription over the entrance
to Mrs. King's Alma garden
Between World War I and World War II, Louisa Yeomans King was
one of the nation's most prominent authors of gardening books. "Mrs.
King," as she was known to the many readers of her publications,
dedicated most of her life to gardening. House and Garden
magazine declared her the "fairy godmother of gardening." She was also
called "the best-beloved and best-known American woman gardener" of her
era. This exhibit describes Mrs. King's life and activities and offers
many views of her most elaborate garden, maintained in Alma, Michigan
from about 1907 through 1927. To read about Mrs. King or view the images
of her garden, please click on the links below.
About Mrs. King
Photos of the Garden
Emma Currie, a graduate student in the Central Michigan
University Department of History, researched and wrote the text of this
exhibit. She also selected most of the illustrations. Frank Boles
completed the exhibit and did final editing of the text and the final
selection of graphics.