American Horticultural Society's 2013 Book Awards
The 2013 American Horticultural Society Book Award winners have been announced, and our own Head Librarian Brandy Kuhl served on the committee. The AHS Book Award honors significant contributions to gardening literature and is presented to the publisher the year following publication. Selection criteria include authority, utility, clarity and accuracy, writing style and physical quality. Listed below are descriptions of Brandy's two favorite selections and a list of the six 2013 winners.
The California Wildlife Habitat Garden. Bauer, Nancy. University of California Press, Berkeley California.
Bauer's book is a significant contribution to wildlife gardening literature replete with useful appendices that include valuable information on California native plant communities, oaks in the landscape, top nectar and pollen plant families, invasive pest plants and more. Bauer offers a unique glimpse into seven California habitat gardens, each of which include helpful plant lists. The California Wildlife Habitat Garden is a thorough, practical and well-produced introduction to California wildlife gardening suitable for both beginners and specialists.
World's Fair Gardens. Maloney, Cathy Jean. University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, Virginia.
This unique book takes a historical look at nine US World's Fairs and their impact on not only the landscaping and city planning of the host city but also on national gardening practices and landscape architecture. Included are fascinating discussions on the influence of specific architects and landscape designers as well as how horticultural knowledge and technology improved as a result of each fair. This is a must-read for those interested in the history of American landscape design.
Descriptions the winning books can also be found on the American Horticultural Society website.
- The California Wildlife Habitat Garden.
Bauer, Nancy. University of California Press, Berkeley California.
- World's Fair Gardens.
Maloney, Cathy Jean. University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, Virginia.
- A Guide to Bearded Irises.
Norris, Kelly D. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.
- The Organic Seed Grower.
Navazio, John. Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, Vermont.
- The Seed Underground.
Ray, Janisse. Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, Vermont.
- A Rich Spot of Earth.
Hatch, Peter. Yale University Publishing, New Haven, Connecticut, co-published with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.