Get Out Your Gardening Gloves

April is National Lawn & Garden Month.  After the icy, cold winter we just had, it’s finally time to celebrate spring and get those gardens and lawns ready.  Find your gardening gloves, get out your lawn mowers, and let’s get started.


by Neysa McMein, McCall’s, May 1934

You’ll need to decide what type of garden you want. Vegetables ?

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by Harold Anderson, Liberty, June 10, 1933

Perhaps roses?

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by Karl Anderson, Good Housekeeping, May 1906

Maybe a colorful flower garden.

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by Wilmont Emerton Heitland, Woman’s Home Companion, July 1928

Of course you’ll need the proper tools …

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by Georges LePape, House and Garden, March 1928

You may want to brush up on your flower knowledge.

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by Eric Gurney, Holiday, September 1951

And perhaps find someone to help you out …

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by Perry Barlow, New Yorker, April 26, 1941

You’ll want to keep your lawn neatly mowed … or else what will the neighbors think?

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by Thornton Utz, Saturday Evening Post, May 20, 1961

Of course, if you don’t have a green thumb, there are other options.

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by Thornton Utz, Saturday Evening Post, May 2, 1953

Modern Graphic History Library wishes you the very best in your gardening pursuits.

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by Robert Andrew Parker, date unknown


About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.