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The Atlas of Boston History

The Atlas of Boston History

March 5, 2020

The Atlas of Boston History traces the city’s history and geography from the last ice age to the present with beautifully rendered maps.

The Food Explorer

The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

February 28, 2020

The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes—and thousands more—to the American plate.

Explorers' Sketchbooks

Explorers’ Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery & Adventure

February 18, 2020

Explorers' Sketchbooks showcases the field discoveries of intrepid men and women as they journeyed perilous and unknown environments--frozen wastelands, high mountains, barren deserts, and dense rainforests--with their senses wide open.

Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium

Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium

January 23, 2020

In Flora of Middle Earth: Plants of Tolkien's Legendarium, botanist Walter Judd gives a detailed species account of every plant found in Tolkien's universe, complete with the etymology of the plant's name, a discussion of its significance within Tolkien's work, a description of the plant's distribution and ecology, and an original hand-drawn illustration by artist Graham Judd.

What Linnaeus Saw

What Linnaeus Saw: A Scientist’s Quest to Name Every Living Thing

November 21, 2019

In What Linnaeus Saw, Karen Magnuson Beil chronicles Linnaeus’s life and career in readable, relatable prose.

The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens

The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens

September 23, 2019

The Tree Book is the go-to reference to more than 2,400 species and cultivars, from two of the biggest names in horticulture--Michael A. Dirr and Keith S. Warren. The featured trees include those widely available in the nursery trade, some new and promising choices, and a selection of overlooked options that deserve renewed interest.

Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree

Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree

August 9, 2019

American chestnut trees were once found far and wide in eastern North American forests. They towered up to one hundred feet tall, providing food and shelter for people and animals alike. For many, life without the chestnut seemed unimaginable―until disaster struck in the early 1900s. Sally M. Walker tells a tale of loss, restoration, and the triumph of human ingenuity in this beautifully photographed middle-grade book.

The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks

The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks

July 1, 2019

The Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks examines the new challenges in sustaining oak forest ecosystems in a changing world. It is essential reading for forest ecologists, silviculturists, environmentalists and wildlife managers.

Greywater Green Landscape by Laura Allen

Greywater, Green Landscape: How to Install Simple Water-Saving Irrigation Systems in Your Yard

May 31, 2019

Greywater, Green Landscape will help keep your lawn and garden lush without wasting resources by capturing and recycling the greywater that drains from your sink, shower, or washing machine.


The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada

March 13, 2019

After 30 years of research and seven years of editing, The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada is finally available.

Tower Hill

Tower Hill: The First Twenty-Five Years

February 25, 2019

Tower Hill: The First Twenty-five Years traces the metamorphosis of Worcester County Horticultural Society into Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

The Field Guide to Winter Twigs

The Field Guide to Winter Twigs

January 28, 2019

The Field Guide to Winter Twigs is a fully illustrated softback with detailed keys, stunning full color photographs and diagnostic line illustrations, making winter ID easy for native and planted taxa.

Gardening Across the Pond

Gardening Across the Pond

December 21, 2018

In Gardening Across the Pond, Richard Bisgrove explores four centuries of translantic influences, from the Tradescants, plant-hunting in seventeenth century Virginia, to the prairie landscapes of the 2012 London Olympic Park.

Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches

Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches

September 27, 2018

In this magnificently illustrated book, conservationist and celebrated outdoors photographer Tim Palmer launches us on a revealing journey among the hemlock and beech trees that have for millennia towered over America’s eastern woodlands.

The Book of Pears

The Book of Pears

July 11, 2018

Beautifully illustrated with 40 watercolor paintings by Elisabeth Dowle, The Book of Pears is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the pear.

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

February 27, 2018

Plant: Exploring the Botanical World. This stunning compilation of botanically themed images includes iconic work by celebrated artists, photographers, scientists, and botanical illustrators, as well as rare and previously unpublished images.

Green Oasis in Brooklyn

Green Oasis in Brooklyn: The Evergreens Cemetery 1849-2008

February 5, 2018

Noted historian John Rousmaniere traces the history of the Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Beginning with the land itself before the cemetery was founded in 1850, his engaging text shows how the forces that shaped the history of New York-population growth, immigration and growing wealth-also shaped the Evergreens.

The Blue Garden

The Blue Garden: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Landscape

February 5, 2018

This richly illustrated book tells the story of the creation, decline and renewal of an iconic Newport garden. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and constructed under the Olmsted Brothers’ exacting supervision between 1910 and 1913, the Blue Garden in its heyday was renowned for its unique monochromatic palette and elegant structures.

A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard

A Meeting of Land and Sea: Nature and the Future of Martha’s Vineyard

January 12, 2018

An eminent ecologist shows how an iconic New England island has been shaped by nature and human history, and how its beloved landscape can be protected.

Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Thoreau and the Language of Trees

January 12, 2018

Trees were central to Henry David Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, his work as a naturalist, his thought, and his inner life.

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

December 15, 2017

Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is an inspiring call to action dedicated to the idea of a new nature—a hybrid of both the wild and the cultivated—that can flourish in our cities and suburbs.

The Art of Gardening

The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer

November 15, 2017

Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. It is a place of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. And now those lessons are available for everyone in this stunning book!

And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest

And Again: Photographs from the Harvard Forest

November 1, 2017

John Hirsch chronicles the research, scientists, and ephemera of the Harvard Forest—a 3,750-acre research forest in Petersham, Massachusetts.

John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1914-1925

John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1914-1925

September 20, 2017

The last in a series of books devoted to the work of John Singer Sargent, this volume covers the figure and landscape works that Sargent produced between 1914 and 1925.

Roy Lancaster

Roy Lancaster: My Life with Plants

August 14, 2017

This book is the story of Roy Lancaster's adventures as he sees tropical plants for the first time in the jungles of Malaya, meets Roberto Burle Marx at his garden near Rio de Janeiro, and hunts for pitcher plants in North America.

The Songs of Trees

The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors

July 5, 2017

With its deep understanding of the complexity of trees and the way they shape their ecosystems, The Songs of Trees will make you look at trees in an entirely new way.

Witness Tree

Witness Tree

June 5, 2017

The oak is a living timeline and witness to climate change. While stark in its implications, Witness Tree is a beautiful and lyrical read, rich in detail, sweeps of weather, history, people, and animals.

Nature's Temples

Nature’s Temples

May 3, 2017

Standing in an old-growth forest, it's easy to see, smell, and feel the ways it is different from forests shaped by humans. More than just instinctive, these differences have been scientifically measured. In Nature's Temples Joan Maloof deftly explains both the science and the alchemy of these ancient ecosystems and makes a compelling case for their preservation.

Higher Plants of China

Higher Plants of China in Colour

April 12, 2017

Higher Plants of China in Colour contains nearly 20,000 photographs of wild higher plants and important cultivated plants in China, the species of which number more than 10,000. Each of the species is concisely introduced in both Chinese and English.

Educating Outside the Lines

Educating Outside the Lines

January 30, 2017

Educating Outside the Lines invites educators, parents, and students to re-imagine what college itself could be.

The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery

The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery

December 12, 2016

The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery by Anna Laurent. This collection of botanical wall charts from all over the globe will delight anyone with an interest in the natural world.


Flora: The Art of Plant Exploration

November 30, 2016

Flora: The Art of Plant Exploration by Sandra Knapp weaves scientific, historic, cultural, and artistic threads into a rich fabric of plant lore and tells the remarkable stories of the adventurous botanist explorers who braved disease, slave traders, war, jungles, and assorted dangers to collect plants now commonly grown in our gardens.

The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

October 17, 2016

The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration by Christabel King explains both scientific botanical illustration and the looser botanical art, and covers materials, collecting and preserving plant specimens, drawing and painting techniques, magnification, using dividers, drawing from life, composition, light and shade and tranferring drawings.

Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds

Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds

September 30, 2016

Designed for the professional botanist and passionate amateur alike, Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds brings names and taxonomic information into line with recent revolutions in studies of DNA, macro- and micromorphology, cytology, ecology, and phenology. It expands upon Janét E. Bare’s earlier book’s 831 entries with descriptions of 1,163 species—representing about 56 percent of the native and naturalized species currently known in Kansas—as well as 742 color photographs. For purposes of identification, conservation, study, or the simple pleasure of thumbing through, it is a resource without parallel.

Lab Girl

Lab Girl

August 26, 2016

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is an illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

Wilson's Kagoshima

Wilson’s Kagoshima : Tracing the Footsteps of a Plant Hunter

July 20, 2016

Wilson's Kagoshima by Tomoko Furui traces Ernest Wilson's steps throughout the island with narrative summaries, historic Wilson photographs, current landscape and specimen photographs, and lists of collected plants.

Trees in Towns and Cities

Trees in Towns and Cities: A History of British Urban Arboriculture

May 30, 2016

Trees in Towns and Cities focuses particularly on working people and the extent to which they have been able to enjoy urban trees and greenspace. It will appeal to a general readership, especially those with an interest in garden history, heritage landscapes and the natural and built environment.

Wildflowers of New England

Wildflowers of New England

April 27, 2016

Wildflowers of New England is for hikers, naturalists, gardeners, and anyone wishing to learn more about the region’s diverse wildflowers, or just wanting to know the answer to "What’s that plant?"

Arnold Arboretum by Lisa E. Pearson

Arnold Arboretum by Lisa E. Pearson

March 21, 2016

This new book from Arcadia Publishing showcases the unique history of the Arnold Arboretum.

Deep-Rooted Wisdom

Deep-Rooted Wisdom: Skills and Stories from Generations of Gardeners

February 29, 2016

Deep-Rooted Wisdom is garden mentorship at its best and most honest that shows us all a way back to a more joyful, simple style of gardening.

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society

January 25, 2016

Frederick Law Olmsted: Writings on Landscape, Culture, and Society: gathering over 100 items—letters, travel sketches, newspaper articles, essays, editorials, design proposals, official reports, and autobiographical reminiscences—this volume charts the emergence and development of Olmsted’s unique vision of restorative public green spaces as an antidote to the debilitating pressures of urbanization and modern life.

The New Sylva

The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century

December 16, 2015

The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century. Taking inspiration from John Evelyn's original Sylva (published in 1664), Gabriel Hemery explains what trees really mean to us culturally, environmentally and economically--followed by forty-four detailed tree portrait sections that describe the history and the features of trees.

Ireland's generous nature

Ireland’s Generous Nature

November 30, 2015

Ireland’s Generous Nature is the first ever comprehensive account of the historical and present-day uses of wild plant species in Ireland. It records a wealth of traditional knowledge about plant use that has largely been lost or is quickly disappearing.

Plants of China

Plants of China: A Companion to the Flora of China

October 28, 2015

Plants of China: A Companion to the Flora of China tells the story of Chinese flora through time to the survey of the bioclimatic zones, soundly based on chapters with information on climate, physical geography and soils, and how an understanding of the flora of China is crucial to interpreting plant evolution and fossil history elsewhere in the world.

Apples of North America

Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks

September 16, 2015

Apples of North America: Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks. The apple is one of the most iconic fruits, traditionally picked on cool fall days and used in pies, crisps, and ciders. And there is a vast world of varieties that goes beyond the common grocery store offerings of Red Delicious and Granny Smith. With names like American Beauty, Carter’s Blue, and Fallawater, and flavors ranging from sweet to tart, this treasure trove of unique apples is ripe for discovery.

The Loudons and the Gardening Press: A Victorian Cultural Industry

The Loudons and the Gardening Press: A Victorian Cultural Industry

August 31, 2015

The Loudons and the Gardening Press: A Victorian Cultural Industry. Through close readings of individual serials and books and archival work on the publication history of the Gardener's Magazine (1826-44) Sarah Dewis examines the significant contributions John and Jane Webb Loudon made to the gardening press and democratic discourse.

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks

July 20, 2015

Olmsted’s design concepts for more than seventy public park projects are depicted through sketches, studies, lithographs, paintings, historical photographs, and comprehensive descriptions.

Classical Bonsai Art

Classical Bonsai Art

June 22, 2015

Classical Bonsai Art : a half century of bonsai study is the distillation of the fifty year passion of William N. Valavanis, editor and publisher of International Bonsai journal.

The Curious Mister Catesby

The Curious Mister Catesby

May 18, 2015

The Curious Mister Catesby reviews 18th-century English naturalist, explorer, and illustrator Mark Catesby’s biography alongside the historical and scientific significance of his work.

The Oldest Living Things in the World

April 22, 2015

The Oldest Living Things in the World is an epic journey through time and space. Over the past decade, artist Rachel Sussman has researched, worked with biologists, and traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Spanning from Antarctica to Greenland, the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback, the result is a stunning and unique visual collection of ancient organisms unlike anything that has been created in the arts or sciences before, insightfully and accessibly narrated by Sussman along the way.

Penjing: The Chinese Art of Bonsai: A Pictorial Exploration of Its History, Aesthetics, Styles and Preservation

March 23, 2015

Penjing is an exquisite Chinese traditional art. The two Chinese characters for "penjing" ("pot" and "landscape") capture the essence of this art: sculpting microcosms of the beauty of the natural world from plants, rocks, soil and water, both as an artistic process and as horticultural cultivation. This art form originated in China and spread to Japan during antiquity, and then subsequently from Japan to the West in modern times, and throughout the world today.

American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau

February 25, 2015

As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, writer and activist Bill McKibben offers this unprecedented, provocative, and timely anthology, gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries.

Manual of Seed Saving: Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits

January 28, 2015

Growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs from seed has many benefits for both the gardener and the planet. Seed saving helps gardeners maintain important regional varieties that are well suited for specific conditions, encourages plant diversity, and helps promote plants with the best texture, flavor, and variety.


Scientists and Scholars in the Field: Studies in the History of Fieldwork and Expeditions

December 22, 2014

For centuries the practice of undertaking fieldwork and expeditions has been adopted as an essential part of research by scientists and scholars from diverse disciplines. As a method of collecting on-site data through observation, the practice is shared by disciplines ranging from biology and botany, through geology, geography, and archaeology to anthropology, linguistics, and folklore studies.

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City

November 12, 2014

When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa—all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden—intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden's needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression—also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms.

Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales

October 15, 2014

There aren’t many books more beloved than The Tale of Peter Rabbit and even fewer authors as iconic as Beatrix Potter. More than 150 million copies of her books have sold worldwide and interest in her work and life remains high. And her characters—Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, and all the rest—exist in a charmed world filled with flowers and gardens. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life is the first book to explore the origins of Beatrix Potter’s love of gardening and plants and show how this passion came to be reflected in her work. The book begins with a gardener’s biography, highlighting the key moments and places throughout her life that helped define her, including her home Hill Top Farm in England's Lake District. Next, the reader follows Beatrix Potter through a year in her garden, with a season-by-season overview of what is blooming that truly brings her gardens alive. The book culminates in a traveler’s guide, with information on how and where to visit Potter’s gardens today.

Hellstrip Gardening

September 22, 2014

The "hellstrip"—the space between a street and a public sidewalk, also known as a tree park, boulevard, meridian, and planting strip—is finally getting the attention it deserves! Gardeners everywhere are taking advantage of the space as an environmentally friendly way to add curb appeal to their homes, expand the size of their gardens, and conserve resources.

Poof! Plant Profits in Peril

August 18, 2014

The notion of owning patents, trademarks, and recognizable brands that generate sizable income from licensing agreements is very attractive to many business owners and horticulturalists. Unfortunately, the attractiveness often wanes once people learn what it actually takes takes to properly set up, protect, maintain and enforce those assets. The world of branding and intellectual property, both domestic and especially international, is overwhelmingly complicated for most, and requires guidance.

Plant Conservation : why it matters and how it works

July 30, 2014

Plants’ ability to turn sunlight into energy makes them the basis for all life on Earth; without them, there is no life. And they are more than just a food sourcethey provide us with fuel, fibers, and pharmaceuticals. Global warming and the destruction of natural habitats are a serious threat to many plants, and there are worldwide efforts to mitigate this impending disaster. Plant Conservation tackles this essential topic head on.

The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted: The Early Boston Years, 1882-1890 (Volume 8)

July 18, 2014

Frederick Law Olmsted relocated from New York to the Boston area in the early 1880s. With the help of his stepson and partner, John Charles Olmsted, his professional office grew to become the first of its kind: a modern landscape architecture practice with park, subdivision, campus, residential, and other landscape design projects throughout the country.

Wilson’s Yakushima: Memories of the Past

May 12, 2014

Wilson landed in Yakushima one hundred years ago in 1914. What was his life like? What brought him to this isolated island in southern Japan? What were his impressions of the island?

Lilacs for the Garden

April 30, 2014

In this book, Jennifer Bennett traces the journey of a plant that will "grow well anywhere, in any soil," from its origins in Asia through Europe and the United Kingdom to North America some 250 years ago.

The Science of Describing : Natural History in Renaissance Europe

March 31, 2014

Out of the diverse traditions of medical humanism, classical philology, and natural philosophy, Renaissance naturalists created a new science devoted to discovering and describing plants and animals. Drawing on published natural histories, manuscript correspondence, garden plans, travelogues, watercolors, and drawings, The Science of Describing reconstructs the evolution of this discipline of description through four generations of naturalists.

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks

February 28, 2014

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? In The Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol over the centuries.

The City Natural: Garden and Forest Magazine and the Rise of American Environmentalism

January 17, 2014

Charles Sprague Sargent edited the weekly magazine Garden and Forest from 1888 to 1897. In that brief span, the publication brought to light many of the issues that would influence the future of American environmentalism. In The City Natural, Shen Hou presents the first “biography” of this important but largely overlooked vehicle for individuals with the common goal of preserving nature in American civilization.


George Washington’s Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon

December 9, 2013

On the banks of the Potomac River, Mount Vernon stands, with its iconic portico boasting breathtaking views and with a landscape to rival the great gardens of Europe, as a monument to George Washington’s artistic and creative efforts. More than one million people visit Mount Vernon each year—drawn to the stature and beauty of Washington’s family estate.

Explorers and Scientists in China’s Borderlands, 1880-1950

November 4, 2013

The scientists and explorers profiled in this engaging study of pioneering Euro-American exploration of late imperial and Republican China range from botanists to ethnographers to missionaries. Although a diverse lot, all believed in objective, progressive, and universally valid science; a close association between scientific and humanistic knowledge; a lack of conflict between science and faith; and the union of the natural world and the world of "nature people." Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands examines their cultural and personal assumptions while emphasizing their remarkable lives, and considers their contributions to a body of knowledge that has important contemporary significance.

Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany

September 16, 2013

Because of their spectacular, naturalistic pictures of plants and the human body, Leonhart Fuchs’s De historia stirpium and Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica are landmark publications in the history of the printed book. But as Picturing the Book of Nature makes clear, they do more than bear witness to the development of book publishing during the Renaissance and to the prominence attained by the fields of medical botany and anatomy in European medicine. Sachiko Kusukawa (Trinity College) examines these texts, as well as Conrad Gessner’s unpublished Historia plantarum, and demonstrates how their illustrations were integral to the emergence of a visual argument for the scientific study of nature.

Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935.
Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston

August 19, 2013

Published in collaboration with the Library of Congress, this volume presents for the first time 250 colored photographs of urban and suburban gardens taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston—photographer of presidents, celebrity authors, tastemakers, and estates of the County House Era.

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age

July 1, 2013

Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851–1934) was one of the premier figures in landscape writing and design at the turn of the twentieth century, a moment when the amateur pursuit of gardening and the increasingly professionalized landscape design field were beginning to diverge. This intellectual biography—the first in-depth study of the versatile critic and author—reveals Van Rensselaer’s vital role in this moment in the history of landscape architecture.

Conifers Around the World

June 3, 2013

Until now, there has never been a single publication, with a standardized format, that has captured photographs of the world's temperate conifers in their natural habitats. Zsolt Debreczy and Istvan Racz traveled the world over four decades to document temperate woody plants for a planned Dendrological Atlas. Their 2-volume Conifers Around the World will appeal to a wide range of readers, from scholars to armchair travelers.

The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet

April 29, 2013

Erik Mueggler introduces Scottish botanist George Forrest, who employed Naxi adventurers in his fieldwork from 1906 until his death in 1932. We also meet Joseph Francis Charles Rock, who, in 1924, undertook a dangerous expedition to Gansu and Tibet with the sons and nephews of Forrest's workers.

Knowing Nature: Art and Science in Philadelphia, 1740-1840

April 1, 2013

Philadelphia developed the most active scientific community in early America, fostering an influential group of naturalist-artists, including William Bartram, Charles Willson Peale, Alexander Wilson, and John James Audubon, whose work has been addressed by many monographic studies. However, as the groundbreaking essays in Knowing Nature demonstrate, the examination of nature stimulated not only forms of artistic production traditionally associated with scientific practice of the day, but also influenced processes not ordinarily linked to science. The often surprisingly intimate connections between and among these creative activities and the objects they engendered are explored, challenging the hierarchy that is generally assumed to have been at play in the study of nature, from the natural sciences through the fine and decorative arts, and, ultimately, popular and material culture.

Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast

February 4, 2013

Many people know how to identify trees by their leaves, but what about when those leaves have fallen or are out of reach? With detailed information and illustrations covering each phase of a tree's lifecycle, this indispensable guidebook explains how to identify trees by their bark alone.


Urban Wildscapes

December 10, 2012

Urban Wildscapes is one of the first edited collections of writings about urban "wilderness" landscapes. Evolved rather than designed or planned, these derelict, abandoned, and marginal spaces are frequently overgrown with vegetation and are remnants of a wide range of human activities. They include former industrial sites, landfills, allotments, cemeteries, woods, infrastructural corridors, vacant lots, and a whole array of urban wastelands at a variety of different scales. Frequently maligned in the media, these landscapes have recently been re-evaluated and this collection assembles these fresh perspectives in one volume.

Old Southern Apples, Revised & Expanded: A Comprehensive History and Description of Varieties for Collectors, Growers, and Fruit Enthusiasts

November 12, 2012

A book that became an instant classic when it first appeared in 1995, Old Southern Apples is an indispensable reference for fruit lovers, particularly for those living in the southern United States. Out of print for several years, this newly revised and expanded edition features descriptions of some 1,800 apple varieties that either originated in the South or were widely grown there before 1928.

In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry and His Chinese Plant Collectors

October 22, 2012

Augustine Henry (1857-1930) is one of the most famous of the pioneering plant hunters to have traveled to China during the latter part of the nineteenth century, and he played a key role in establishing the basis for our present knowledge of the flora of China. His account of the destruction of great tracts of China's forests prompted later plant hunters like Ernest Henry Wilson, George Forrest, Frank Kingdon Ward, and William Purdom to venture to China in the name of plant exploration and introduction.

Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England

October 1, 2012

Are you ready to explore a milkweed patch alongside a monarch butterfly? For a barred owl’s late-winter call to take on new meaning? For the life cycle of the eastern newt to suddenly seem complex, beautiful, and intricately bound to mysterious underwater landscapes and damp forest floors? Naturally Curious promises to transform readers' perceptions of a walk in the woods, field, or wetland. With boundless enthusiasm and a lifetime of natural history knowledge at her disposal, Holland escorts you through the New England seasons, month by month: in all kinds of weather, along roadsides and riverbanks, above burrows, and beneath treetop nesting sites.

What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses

September 19, 2012

For centuries we have collectively marveled at plant diversity and form--from Charles Darwin’s early fascination with stems to Seymour Krelborn’s distorted doting in Little Shop of Horrors. But now, in What a Plant Knows, the renowned biologist Daniel Chamovitz presents an intriguing and scrupulous look at how plants themselves experience the world--from the colors they see to the schedules they keep. Highlighting the latest research in genetics and more, he takes us into the inner lives of plants and draws parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize. Chamovitz shows how plants know up from down, how they know when a neighbor has been infested by a group of hungry beetles, and whether they appreciate the Led Zeppelin you’ve been playing for them or if they’re more partial to the melodic riffs of Bach. Covering touch, sound, smell, sight, and even memory, Chamovitz encourages us all to consider whether plants might even be aware of their surroundings.

Hardy Heathers from the Northern Hemisphere: Calluna – Daboecia – Erica

August 13, 2012

The latest publication from the Botanical Magazine Monograph Series, Hardy Heathers from the Northern Hemisphere is a fully illustrated guide of all the heather species that grow naturally north of the equator. The book covers in detail the distribution, classification, and conservation of three genera—Calluna, Daboecia, and Erica—supplemented by a history of heathers in cultivation and a select list of the best cultivars. Extensively illustrated with stunning botanical art by Christabel King, this will be an indispensable reference for heather enthusiasts and gardeners, as well as botanists, ecologists, and conservationists with interests in heaths and heathlands.

The Native Landscape Reader

July 2, 2012

This volume gathers together writings on nature-based landscape design and conservation by some of the country's most significant practitioners, horticulturalists, botanists, and conservationists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Written with a strong conservation ethic, these essays often originally appeared in obscure, short-lived publications and are difficult to locate today, comprising a rich but hidden literature.

The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth

June 4, 2012

Driven by an all-consuming passion, plant hunters such as Frank Meyer, Joseph Rock, and Ernest Henry Wilson traveled the world, facing challenges at every turn: tropical illnesses, extreme terrain, and dangerous animals. Even the plants could be lethal! But these intrepid eighteenth- and nineteenth-century explorers were determined to find and collect new and unusual specimens despite the costs, and then endeavored to transport the plants—and themselves—home alive. Creating an important legacy in science, medicine, and agriculture, the plant hunters still inspire the scientific and environmental work of contemporary plant enthusiasts.

Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests

May 16, 2012

A natural history primer packed with travel ideas, this tour of 26 old-growth forests—-one in each state east of the Mississippi River and all open to the public—-aims to dispel the misconception that these forests are located only on the west coast. With intelligence and lyricism, the book highlights the adventure in getting to each forest and what visitors will find when they arrive. From giant hemlock groves in Pennsylvania to a lonely stand of pines in Wisconsin, each journey provides face-to-face experiences with forests containing majestic trees and a rich diversity of life. As an impassioned plea to preserve and support the few untouched stretches of forest that remain, the discussion touches upon the perseverance of these locations despite modern development, as well as the vital link between old-growth forests and humanity’s own survival.

A Landscape History of New England

April 30, 2012

A Landscape History of New England takes a view of New England's landscapes that goes beyond picture postcard-ready vistas of white-steepled churches, open pastures, and tree-covered mountains. Its chapters describe, for example, the Native American presence in the Maine Woods; offer a history of agriculture told through stone walls, woodlands, and farm buildings; report on the fragile ecology of tourist-friendly Cape Cod beaches; and reveal the ethnic stereotypes informing Colonial Revivalism. Taken together, they offer a wide-ranging history of New England's diverse landscapes, stretching across two centuries. The book shows that all New England landscapes are the products of human agency as well as nature. The authors trace the roles that work, recreation, historic preservation, conservation, and environmentalism have played in shaping the region, and they highlight the diversity of historical actors who have transformed both its meaning and its physical form.

Writings on Public Parks, Parkways, and Park Systems

April 9, 2012

This volume contains Olmsted’s most significant articles, lectures, and reports concerning public parks and recreation grounds. It contains several general discussions of the subject, including Public Parks and the Enlargement of Towns (1870) and A Consideration of the Justifying Value of a Public Park (1881). Also included are his remarkable reports on individual parks and park systems that combine general observations with specific proposals, including reports on New York’s Central Park, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Mount Royal in Montreal, Belle Isle in Detroit, Franklin Park in Boston, the Niagara Reservation, and a park system for Buffalo.

The Nature of New Hampshire: Natural Communities of the Granite State

March 19, 2012

This illuminating and instructive book explores New Hampshire's stunning mosaic of natural communities. In photos, drawings, and accessible text, The Nature of New Hampshire takes you on a tour of landscapes as varied as alpine meadows, tidal marshes, riverbanks, forests, ponds, dunes, and cliffs. Readers will gain a new understanding and appreciation for the state's exceptional natural heritage. Natural communities are recurring associations of plants and animals found in particular physical environments. They are dynamic habitats characterized by the presence and interactions of native species. Based on more than twenty years of ecological research, the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau developed the classification of the nearly 200 natural community types presented in this essential guide. The communities are organized into eight categories: alpine and sub-alpine, rocky ground, forests, peatlands, swamps, marshes, river channels and floodplains, and seacoast.

An Illustrated Guide to Pruning

March 15, 2012

This third edition is a must-have for anyone interested in the pruning and maintenance of trees. Filled with new illustrations, photographs, and examples, this completely updated guide is designed to help readers understand and implement the appropriate pruning practices that are vital to developing sustainable structure in the first 25 years of a tree's life.

Creating Small Habitats For Wildlife In Your Garden

February 15, 2012

Everyone can enjoy the delights of a garden which attracts wildlife. With today's concerns about pollution and habitat loss, ever more gardeners are using organic methods of cultivation, eschewing chemicals and actively encouraging wildflowers and creatures to colonize their gardens. In a well-planned garden there is room for people and wildlife.

Greening the City: Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century

February 1, 2012

The modern city is not only pavement and concrete. Parks, gardens, and trees and other plants are an integral part of the urban environment. Often the focal points of social movements and political interests, green spaces represent far more than simply an effort to balance the man-made with the natural. A city's history with—and approach to—its parks and gardens reveals much about its workings and the forces acting upon it. Our green spaces offer a unique and valuable window on the history of city life.

Invasive Species of Southern New England

January 3, 2012

In southern New England, as in much of the United States, the arrival of invasive species has dramatically changed many of our ecosystems. And as new species make their way into our region, the threat of further ecological and economic damage is increasing. Invasives can kill valuable trees and crowd out native vegetation that wildlife depend on.


Botanical Sketchbook

December 12, 2011

Experience a master class in botanical illustration through one woman’s development from enthusiastic amateur painter to accomplished botanical artist. While studying for a distance learning diploma from the Society of Botanical Arts, Mary Ann Scott began an extraordinary correspondence with Margaret Stevens, the society’s president, who offered advice and critique.

Oaks in the Urban Landscape: Selection, Care and Preservation

November 28, 2011

Oaks are highly valued in urban areas for their aesthetic, environmental, economic and cultural benefits. However, significant impacts to the health and structural stability of oaks have resulted from urban encroachment. Changes in environment, incompatible cultural practices, and pest problems can all lead to the early demise of our stately oaks.

All Creatures: Naturalists, Collectors, and Biodiversity, 1850-1950

November 14, 2011

We humans share Earth with 1.4 million known species and millions more species that are still unrecorded. Yet we know surprisingly little about the practical work that produced the vast inventory we have to date of our fellow creatures. How were these multitudinous creatures collected, recorded, and named? When, and by whom?

The Book of Nature: the Natural Heritage according to UNESCO

October 31, 2011

This book presents unique sites from around the world, the last remnants of paradise on earth for plants and animals. These fantastic geological formations and extraordinary landscapes are all now under the protection of the global community.

Ancestral Realms of the Naxi: Quentin Roosevelt’s China

October 17, 2011

The Naxi people are an ethnic minority of Yunnan Province, in southwestern China. Their culture has developed at a crossroad of the civilizations of China, Tibet, and South and Central Asia to produce a rich mythology and religious culture called Dongba. A folk religion with ancient roots in animism and shamanism, Dongba is a syncretic practice with elements of Chinese and Tibetan traditions and especially the Bon religion. Its corpus comprises about one thousand ceremonies and subceremonies, contained in extraordinary manuscripts written in the world's only pictographic script. The Donga priests are also artisans, and artists. While their art and artifacts show a connection to Tibet, China, and India, the Dongba religion is endowed with a unique aesthetic freedom and a vigorous and distinctive art and iconography.

From Another Kingdom: The Amazing World of Fungi

October 3, 2011

Fungi have a long history of association with death, decay, and dark malevolent forces. They also cause serious economic loss through diseases of plant crops in particular. They can easily be cast as the "monster." Contrary to this negative image, fungi are at the heart of crucial "life-support" processes. For example, decomposition releases nutrients for reuse; fungi really are the ultimate recyclers.

Boston’s Gardens and Green Spaces

September 19, 2011

As summer draws to a close, September is one of the best months to explore Boston's parks and gardens. Boston's Gardens and Green Spaces provides readers with a new way to explore the contemporary and long-revered public spaces of the Boston area. Organized into thematic categories, readers have at their fingertips all the city has to offer. Complete with chapters on community gardens, venerable botanic gardens, and grand estates, as well as gardens devoted to art, healing, and children, Meg Muckenhoupt has given every resident and visitor to Greater Boston a reason to get outdoors.

Best Plants to Attract and Keep Wildlife in Your Garden: Making a Backyard Home for Animals, Birds & Insects

September 5, 2011

The Best Plants to Attract and Keep Wildlife in Your Garden: Making a Backyard Home for Animals, Birds & Insects is an easy-to-follow guide to 70 of the most common backyard species of birds, animals, and insects with tips on how to identify and attract them to your garden, and how to keep them there.

Rescuing Wetlands Close to Home: Ten Stories of New England Landowners

August 22, 2011

Rescuing Wetlands Close to Home: Ten Stories of New England Landowners celebrates the role of private property owners in preserving natural landscapes and how their efforts connect people to the land and to each other. Told through spectacular pictures, interviews, and editorial insight, Rescuing Wetlands engages readers with profiles of landowners passionate about wetlands conservation and restoration.

Cellular Materials in Nature and Medicine

August 8, 2011

The book highlights the fascinating structures and unique mechanics of natural and biomedical cellular materials. It begins by reviewing the mechanical properties of nature's building blocks—structural proteins, polysaccharides, and minerals—and explains the mechanics of cellular materials. Images convey the structural similarities of different materials, and color property charts provide mechanical data.


Bark: An Intimate Look at the World’s Trees

July 25, 2011

Originally published in France as Écorces: voyage dans l'intimité des arbres du monde. It is the culmination of a 10-year photographic odyssey to find the world's most beautiful and remarkable examples of tree bark. From the silver birch to the Namibian grape, each bark image is a work of art in itself.

Eden on the Charles

Eden on the Charles

July 11, 2011

This book explores how Bostonians channeled country lakes through miles of pipeline to provide clean water; dredged the ocean to deepen the harbor; filled tidal flats and covered the peninsula with houses, shops, and factories; and created a metropolitan system of parks and greenways, facilitating the conversion of fields into suburbs.

Tree in Photographs

The Tree in Photographs

June 27, 2011

This book spans the history of photography from the mid-nineteenth to early-twenty-first century to address the image of the tree in its many connotations—as graphic form, symbolic icon, and role model for the beauty of nature. Published as a companion to the exhibition of In Focus: The Tree, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Tree in Photographs includes 81 plates, all selected from the Getty’s collection of photographs. The exhibit celebrates the tree as a symbol of life that reveals various artistic responses to the perennial subject.

Children’s Book Collection

June 13, 2011

Published by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, The Tree Book for Kids and their Grown Ups by Gina Ingoglia features color illustrations of trees from all over the United States. The book also includes information on how trees grow, how they are structured, and how leaves change color. All text in the book has been reviewed by the scientists and educators at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Keywords in American Landscape Design

May 30, 2011

The award in the technical division has gone to Keywords in American Landscape Design by Therese O’Malley. Keywords is an illustrated, historical dictionary of landscape design vocabulary used in North America from the 17th to the mid-19th centuries, and defines one hundred terms and concepts used in garden planning and landscape architecture.

The Wetlands Handbook

April 25, 2011

Forty-two chapters by international experts from a wide range of disciplines make The Wetlands Handbook the essential tool for those seeking comprehensive understanding of the subject. A departure from more traditional treatises, this text examines freshwater wetland ecosystem science from the fundamentals to issues of management and policy.

Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet

April 11, 2011

Nothing on earth compares to the Boreal forest to maintain life on this planet. The vast primeval forest stretches across the northern regions of the world, from northern Canada and Alaska to northern Europe, Russia, China, and Japan. Boreal species can be found in cooler temperate climates everywhere, including Michigan and other cool areas of the United States, and some outliers are even found in the tropics. The circumpolar runoff from the Boreal enriches the seas with nutrients in the spring. The evergreens of the Boreal act as a passive ground coolant. And the needles of the evergreens and the trichomal hairs of the deciduous trees comb the air free of harmful minute particulate pollution.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Essential Texts

March 28, 2011

Often called the father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted was responsible for the design of Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City; Mount Royal Park in Montreal; the Belle Isle Park in Detroit; the Grand Necklace of Parks in Milwaukee; the Cherokee Park and entire parks system in Louisville, Kentucky; and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, to name a few of his most famous projects. His landscape works are enjoyed in 25 states and 3 Canadian provinces. Most of these parks were created during and immediately after the Civil War. This title presents the opportunity to witness the evolution of Olmsted’s design and social philosophies during a time of upheaval in American history.

Extraordinary Leaves

March 14, 2011

Leaves are everywhere, appearing in an astonishing variety of shapes, colors and textures. They are the unappreciated gifts of nature, worthy of far more extensive study by all. Through words and images, Extraordinary Leaves provides an insightful tour of one of nature's miracles. Topics include color, pattern, texture and shape. Among the specific plants covered are coleus, kale, caladium and ferns.

Hidcote: The Making of a Garden (Revised Edition)

February 28, 2011

A new and enlarged edition of the standard reference on an internationally revered English garden and its designer. Known internationally as the epitome of the classic English country garden, it is perhaps less well known that Hidcote’s creator was an enigmatic American. Lawrence Johnston, an expatriate and one of the so-called “Henry James Americans,” a pedigreed member of old New York, left no diaries or significant correspondence. What he did leave, however, is a garden that continues to inspire horticulturists, gardening enthusiasts, and everyone who appreciates the beauty of nature.

The Heritage of Trees: History, Culture and Symbolism

February 15, 2011

A wide-ranging study of the symbolism and cultural meaning of the tree through history, from the Cosmic Tree of antiquity to modern European, American and Asian customs and beliefs. In the companion volume, The Spirit of Trees, Fred Hageneder captivated readers with a passionate and informed account of the natural life and ecology of trees. The Heritage of Trees evokes forest customs, images and meanings of the forest from the Stone Age to modern times.

William Bartram, The Search for Nature’s Design: Selected Art, Letters, and Unpublished Writings

January 29, 2011

An important figure in early American science and letters, William Bartram (1739-1823) has been known almost exclusively for his classic book, Travels. William Bartram, The Search for Nature's Design presents new material in the form of art, letters, and unpublished manuscripts. These documents expand our knowledge of Bartram as an explorer, naturalist, artist, writer, and citizen of the early Republic.

Raffles’ Ark Redrawn: Natural History Drawings from the Collection of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles

January 10, 2011

Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles (1781–1826) is best known today as the founder of Singapore, though he was also a passionate scholar of all aspects of the Malay world. He amassed a superb collection of drawings and manuscripts during his nearly twenty years in Southeast Asia in the service of the East India Company.


Gymnosperms of the United States & Canada

December 13, 2010

What is a gymnosperm? The word gymnosperm literally means “naked seed” (gymno=naked, sperm=seed). Gymnosperms have their seeds exposed unlike flowering plants, the angiosperms, which have their seeds enclosed in an ovary (i.e., fruit). The word angiosperm derives its meaning from angio=vessel, sperm=seed.


Up the Garden Path: Thelwell’s Guide to Gardening

November 8, 2010

When the family of Corliss Knapp Engle generously donated her extensive book collection to the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library, this gem appeared alongside the scholarly tomes and excellent reference works. We chose to highlight Up the Garden Path because while the other titles reflected Corliss’ vast gardening and plant knowledge, this little book speaks to her delightful wit, which we most sincerely miss.

Trees and Forests – A Colour Guide

October 4, 2010

Trees are one of the dominant features of our existence on earth and play a fundamental role in the environment. This book aims to give the reader an overview and understanding of trees. Subject areas covered include ecology and conservation, tree anatomy and evolution, pathology, silviculture, propagation and surgery. The different chapters cover trees from various world habitats, from northern boreal and montane coniferous forests to tropical and subtropical rainforests. The book is fully illustrated throughout with the highest quality colour photos. It will be useful to professionals and students in plant science, plant biology, ecology, conservation and to those working in forestry and arboriculture.

Botanic Gardens: Modern Day Arks

August 16, 2010

All life depends on plants but they are often taken for granted in our everyday lives. It is easy to ignore the fact that we are facing a crisis, with scientists estimating that one third of all flowering plant species are threatened with extinction. Botanic Gardens: Modern Day Arks considers the essential conservation role of botanic gardens. Chapters feature gardens from around the world, including the UK, US, Australia, Germany, Turkey, Uganda, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and China, revealing how a global network is striving to save our botanical heritage. Comments and photographs from the botanists involved lend an important personal angle to the text and reveal the important but little-known work that goes on behind the scenes of these beautiful gardens.

The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition

August 2, 2010

First published in 1870, The Wild Garden envisioned an authentically naturalistic approach to gardening that is more vital today than ever before. William Robinson advocated for the use of hardy, locally adapted native and exotic plants arranged according to local growing conditions. The Wild Garden was ground-breaking and hugely influential in its day, and is stunningly relevant to 21st century gardeners and landscape stewards seeking to adopt sustainable design and management practices. In addition to the complete original text and illustrations from the fifth edition of 1895, this expanded edition includes new chapters and 125 color photographs by award-winning photographer and landscape consultant Rick Darke. His new material places wild gardening in modern context, underscoring Robinson's importance in the evolution of ecological design and illustrating an inspiring diversity of contemporary wild gardens.

Unbounded Practice: Women and Landscape Architecture in the Early Twentieth Century

July 5, 2010

With the establishment of landscape architecture as a profession in the late 19th century, women have influenced the discipline through their expertise as gardeners, designers, horticulturalists, and fine artists. Their impact is widely seen and felt today in landscapes all across the world. It is surprising, then, that the history of women in landscape design has received relatively little attention. Thaïsa Way corrects this oversight. Describing design practice in landscape architecture during the first half of the twentieth century, the book serves as a narrative of women such as Beatrix Jones Farrand--Arnold Arboretum consulting landscape gardener from 1946 to 1950--and of the practice as it became a profession.

The Great Trees of Dorset

June 7, 2010

A celebration of one of Dorset's greatest glories. With names like Billy Wilkins, the Posy Tree and Judge Wyndham's Oak, Dorset's ancient trees are amongst its most precious living treasures. At least two pre-date Christianity, one is the widest oak in the country. The Martyrs' Tree has been named one of Britain's 'top ten' trees. Today Dorset's veteran trees support a rich and often internationally rare wildlife, and are at last being recognised as living icons of national importance.

Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide

May 17, 2010

Peter Del Tredici's lushly illustrated field guide to wild urban plants of the northeastern United States is the first of its kind. While it covers the area bounded by Montreal, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Detroit, it is broadly applicable to temperate urban environments across North America. The book covers 222 species that flourish without human assistance or approval. Rather than vilifying such plants as weeds, Del Tredici stresses that it is important to notice, recognize, and appreciate their contribution to the quality of urban life.

New Trees: Recent Introductions to Cultivation

April 19, 2010

"A wealth of new trees are now thriving in the United Kingdom thanks to our changing climate. The transformation in the treescapes of the United Kingdom, Europe and North America over the very short period of the past 30 years is highlighted . . . an essential reference work for all serious gardeners and anyone interested in trees or the origins of garden plants." --Kew Publishing and the International Dendrology Society


March 22, 2010

"This book contains a detailed introduction to the ancient records of Chinese camellia culture and history, an introduction to the history of the development of western camellias, and an introduction to the traditional camellias found in Europe, America, Australia, and New Zealand. This book not only brings new knowledge to the horticultural world but also promotes the collaboration of East and West in the form of cultural exchange." --from the introduction by Barbara Coates Tuffli, President of the American Camellia Society.

Roses: A Care Manual

February 22, 2010

While it may be true "A rose is a rose is a rose," roses come in all sorts of colors, perfumes, shapes, and sizes, for every taste and nearly every possible situation. In fact, choosing which variety to plant is almost as intimidating as growing these fragrant but temperamental beauties. The easily accessible information here takes the guesswork out of selecting, planting, tending, and propagating roses. Nearly 200 varieties are classified by their predominant characteristics--modern climbers, hybrid musks--and then analyzed with respect to their appearance, habits, and suitability to your own garden. Techniques needed to keep a rose in good shape and suggestions for specific garden conditions will aid the inveterate rose grower yet ensure that even the newcomer can grow roses with confidence, while the hundreds of sumptuous color photographs guarantee this book a prized place in the library of rose lovers everywhere.

Wilson’s China: A Century On

January 27, 2010

Features photography from The Ernest Henry Wilson Archive at Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. Ernest Henry Wilson was the foremost plant collector of his generation, responsible for introducing over 1,000 species to our gardens in the West. The authors of this book reveal Wilson's adventures through excerpts from his own writings as well as describing their own experiences tracing his journeys in the wilds of China today.