About Utah Pioneer Gardens (and me)

Welcome! This blog is where I share my research on the history of gardens in Utah and the Intermountain West/Mormon culture region, especially in the pioneer era (up to 1869, when the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, ending the Utah Territory’s relative isolation from the rest of the nation). I also make forays into other related areas, such as pioneer cooking and craftsmanship, ethnobotany, historic preservation, sustainability, and the human-nature connection.

I have an MA in early modern history and an MLA in historic and cultural landscapes from Utah State University. I work as a freelance writer, focusing on history, historic landscape preservation, and kids and nature. I live in northern Utah with my husband and children, and when I’m not chasing my kids around or writing, I love folk music, gardening, and reading about history.

All photos on this blog (except the one at the top provided by WordPress) were taken by me and, unless otherwise noted, can be used or shared for noncommercial purposes, though please include a credit or link.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily Brooksby Wheeler

Some useful links:

Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (NPS)
Utah Heritage Foundation
Traditional Building Skills Institute at Snow College
Historic American Landscape Surveys (NPS)

Susan Crook at IO Design (specializing in Utah’s historic landscapes)
HelpMeFind roses (the best online resource for rose information)
My thesis on pioneer gardens as historic and cultural landscapes

Brag links (some of the folks I’ve worked for or with):

American West Heritage Center
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Fish and Wildlife Service: Neighborhood Explorers
Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District Conservation Garden Park
Letterpress Software
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Murie Ranch Historic District at Grand Teton National Park
USU Museum of Anthropology: Art Barn
USU Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

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