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Thomas Mickey

Thomas Mickey, Landscape Institute Class of '06, just received a book contract from SUNY Press in Albany for his LI Independent Project, "Landscape Design according to James Vick: A Nineteenth Century Seedsman Appeals to Middle Class America."

Vick (1818-1882) from Rochester, NY published yearly catalogs but also his magazine "Vick's Illustrated Monthly". It was especially in the magazine that he discussed the landscape style he loved, based on Andrew Jackson Downing and the English garden style. Vick bought Downing's magazine "The Horticulturist" after Downing's tragic death in 1852.

The book is based on Mickey's research of Vick's catalogs and monthly magazine at the University of Delaware Special Collections and the Five College Library Depository at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Also, the following institutions in Rochester were helpful in accessing other important primary and secondary materials on Vick: the Rochester Public Library, the Strong Museum, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the Rochester Historical Society, and the University of Rochester Rare Book Collection.

SUNY plans to publish the book in September of next year.Mickey's blog traces his ongoing research on the topic of the seed and nursery industries and the English garden in nineteenth century America. Check out his blog at www.americangardening.net.