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"Gardening" is a deceptively simple term for a complex pursuit. Gardeners' interests can range from the creation of floral radiographs to the science of composting, from growing giant pumpkins to orchid culture. A wealth of resources reflects this wide span of interests, and numerous books, websites, journal articles, organizations, and associations address gardeners' interests and concerns.

Because it would be impossible to include every worthwhile new or classic resource on gardening in this guide, the scope of this Tracer Bullet is necessarily limited to a representative sampling from the wide array of excellent resources available. In addition to providing references to basic gardening information, suggestions are included for research in some specialized areas of interest, including garden design, gardening to attract wildlife, gardening with children, container gardening, and horticultural therapy.
   Not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, this guide is designed, as the name of the series implies, to put the reader "on target".



The big book of gardening skills. By the editors of Garden Way Publishing. Pownal, VT, Storey Communications, c1993. 346 p.
   SB453.B493 1993

Buchan, Ursula. Gardening for pleasure: a practical guide to the essential skills. New York, Abbeville Press Publishers, 1997. 192 p.
   SB453.B868 1997

Gardening basics. Edited by Kenneth A. Beckett and others. New York, Sterling Pub., 1999. 276 p.
   SB453.G2778 <SciRR>

Hensel, Wolfgang. Gardening for beginners: successful gardening how to do it, important chores step by step. 189 p. Hauppage, NY, Barron's Educational Series, 1999.
   SB453.H39813 1999
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 184).



Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on gardening can be located in most card, book, and online catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant

   Note: see also headings containing this general topic, e.g., "Gardening in the Shade," "gardening for the Physically Handicapped," "Seaside Gardening," "Gardening to Attract Wildlife," "Container Gardening," "Vegetable Gardening," "Organic Gardening," "Wildflower Gardening," "Gardening Equipment and Supplies," etc.
   See also more specific topics such as "Annuals," "Perennials," "Compost," etc.





The American Horticultural Society gardening manual. New York, Dorling Kindersley, 2000. 420 p.
   SB453.A67 2000 <SciRR>

Noordhuis, Klaas T. The complete book of gardening: a comprehensive guide to planning, growing, and maintaining your garden. New York, MetroBooks, c1995. 480 p.
   SB450.97.N66 1995 <SciRR>

Roth, Susan A. New complete guide to gardening. 2nd ed. Des Moines, IA, Better Homes and Gardens Books, c1997. 600 p.
   SB453.R7385 1997 <SciRR>

Reader's Digest new illustrated guide to gardening. Pleasantville, NY, Reader's Digest Association, c2000. 544 p.
   SB453.R365 2000 <SciRR>



Annuals, Perennials and Shrubs

Armitage, A. M. Armitage's garden perennials: a color encyclopedia. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 323 p.
   SB434.A755 2000 <SciRR>

Cox, Jeff. Perennial all-stars: the 150 best perennials for great-looking, trouble-free gardens. Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press, c1998. 344 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 326).
   SB434.C67 1998

Duthie, Pam. Continuous bloom. Batavia, IL, Ball Pub., c2000. 328 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-320).
   SB434.D88 2000

Geneve, R. L. A book of blue flowers. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 327 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-317).
   SB407.G46 2000 <SciRR>

Gerritsen, Henk, and Piet Oudolf. Dream plants for the natural garden. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 144 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 144).
   SB407.G4713 2000

Harper, Pamela J. Time-tested plants: thirty years in a four-season garden. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 351 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-334).
   SB407.H282 2000

Hinkley, Daniel J. The explorer's garden: rare and unusual perennials. Portland, OR, Timber Press, c1999. 380 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-368).
   SB434.H56 1999 <SciRR>

Hodgson, Larry. Perennials for every purpose: choose the plants you need for your conditions, your garden, and your taste. Emmaus, PA, Rodale, 2000. 502 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 479).
   SB434.H64 2000 <SciRR>

Lloyd, Christopher. Christopher Lloyd's garden flowers. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 384 p.
   SB403.2.L66 2000 <SciRR>

Raven, Sarah. The bold and brilliant garden. Holbrook, MA, Adams Media, c1999. 168 p.
   SB454.3.C64 .R268 1999 <SciRR>

Rice, Graham. Discovering annuals. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 1999. 192 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 186).
   SB422.R53 1999 <SciRR>

Tripp, Kim E., and Allen Coombes. The complete book of shrubs. New York, Reader's Digest Association, 1998. 224 p.
   SB435.T758 1998 <SciRR>

Gardening to Attract Birds and Butterflies

Barnes, Thomas G. Gardening for the birds. Lexington, KY, University Press of Kentucky, c1999. 280 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QL676.5.B26 1999

Ellis, Barbara. W. Attracting birds and butterflies: how to plan and plant a backyard habitat. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1997. 122 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 113).
   QL676.5 E57 1997 <SciRR>

Kress, Stephen W. The bird garden. London and New York, Dorling Kindersley; Boston, distributed by Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 176 p.
   QL676.57.N7 K74 1995<SciRR>

Newfield, Nancy. Hummingbird gardens: attracting nature's jewels to your backyard. Shelburne, VT, Chapters, c1996. 144 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 138-139).
   QL676.57.N7 N48 1996

Schultz, Warren. For your garden: bird and butterfly gardens. New York, NY, Friedman/Fairfax Publishers, c1996. 72 p.
   QL676.5.S329 1996

Children's Gardens

Brennan, Georgeanne. The children's kitchen garden: a book of gardening, cooking, and learning. Berkeley, CA, Ten Speed Press, c1997. 146 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 141).
   SB457.B66 1997

Hardesty, Constance. Grow your own pizza: gardening plans and recipes for kids. Golden, CO, Fulcrum Kids, c2000. 128 p.
   SB457.H34 2000

Lovejoy, Sharon. Roots, shoots, buckets & boots: gardening together with children. New York, Workman Pub., c1999. 159 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 158-159).
   SB457.L827 1999

Richardson, Beth. Gardening with children. Newtown, CT, Taunton Press, 1998. 153 p.
   SB457.R484 1998

Rushing, Felder. New junior garden book. Des Moines, Meredith Books, c1999. 112 p.
   SB457.R87 1999

Talmage, Ellen. Container gardening for kids. New York, Sterling Pub. Co., 1996. 80 p.
   SB418.T335 1996

Talmage, Ellen. Unearthing garden mysteries: experiments for kids. Golden, CO, Fulcrum Resources, c2000. 90 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 84).
   SB457.T25 2000

Container Gardening

Atha, Antony. The container kitchen garden. London, Collins & Brown, 2000. 160 p.
   SB418.A84 2000 <SciRR>

Carter, George. Garden project workbooks: containers. New York, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1997. 112 p.
   SB418.4.C37 1997

Guerra, Michael. The edible container garden: growing fresh food in small spaces. New York, Simon & Schuster, c2000. 159 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-156).
   SB324.4.G84 2000 <SciRR>

Nash, Helen, and C. Greg Speichert. Water gardening in containers: small ponds indoors & out. New York, Sterling Pub. Co., c1996. 128 p.
   SB423.N385 1996

Pleasant, Barbara. Container gardens. Minnetonka, MN, National Home Gardening Club, c1997. 152 p.
   SB418.P64 1997 <SciRR>

Proctor, Rob, and David Macke. Herbs in pots. Loveland, CO, Interweave Press, c1999. 194 p.
   SB351.H5P755 1999

Garden Design

Cooper, Guy, and Gordon Taylor. Gardens for the future: gestures against the wild. New York, Monacelli Press, 2000. 223 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-222).
   SB472.45.C65 2000

Hudak, Joseph. Design for gardens. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 217 p.
   SB473.H83 2000 <SciRR>

Lovejoy, Ann. Ann Lovejoy's organic garden design school: a guide to creating your own beautiful, easy-care garden. Emmaus, PA, Rodale, c2001. 280 p.
   SB453.5.L68 2001

Oudolf, Piet, with Noel Kingsbury. Designing with plants. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 1999. 160 p.
   SB407.O83 1999 <SciRR>

Flowers and Plants by Name

Beales, Peter. Classic roses: an illustrated encyclopaedia and grower's manual of old roses, shrub roses, and climbers. Rev. ed. New York, Henry Holt, 1997. 500 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 487-489).
   SB411.B38 1997 <SciRR>

Burrell, C. Colston. A gardener's encyclopedia of wildflowers. Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press, 1997. 192 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 184).
   SB439.B87 1997

Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jane. Peonies. New York, H. N. Abrams, 1999. 384 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 372-373).
   SB413.P4.F425 1999 <SciRR>

Petit, Ted L. The color encyclopedia of daylilies. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 296 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 290).
   SB413.D3 P48 2000 <SciRR>

Rickard, Martin. The plantfinder's guide to garden ferns. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 192 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 186-187).
   SB429.R53 2000 <SciRR>

Schenk, George. Moss gardening: including lichens, liverworts, and other miniatures. Portland, OR, Timber Press, c1997. 261 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 252-257).
   SB433.55.S3 1997 <SciRR>

History of Gardening

Coats, Alice M. Flowers and their histories. New York, McGraw-Hill, c1968. 346 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-335).
   SB404.5.C6 1971 <SciRR>

Huxley, Anthony. An illustrated history of gardening. New York, NY, Lyons Press, c1998. 352 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 344-346).
   SB451.H87 1998 <SciRR>

Lovelock, Yann. The vegetable book: an unnatural history. New York, St. Martin's Press, c1972. 383 p.
   SB320.5.L68 1973 <SciRR>

Slesin, Suzanne. Garden tools. New York, Abbeville Press, c1996. 160 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 158).
   SB454.8 .S58 1996

Horticultural Therapy and Accessible Gardening

Adil, Janine R. Accessible gardening for people with physical disabilities: a guide to methods, tools, and plants. Bethesda, MD, Woodbine House, 1994. 300 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 290-292).
   SB457.4.H36A35 1994

Gerlach-Spriggs, Nancy. Restorative gardens: the healing landscape. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1998. 191 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-184).
   RA967.7.G47 1998 <SciRR>

Healing gardens: therapeutic benefits and design recommendations. Edited by Clare Cooper Marcus. New York, Wiley, c1999. 610 p.
   Includes bibliographical references
   RM735.7.G37H43 1999 <SciRR>

Horticulture as therapy: principles and practice. Edited by Sharon Pastor Simson and Martha C. Straus. New York, Food Products Press, c1998. 478 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RM735.7.G37H68 1998

Tyson, Martha M. The healing landscape: therapeutic outdoor environments. New York, McGraw-Hill, c1998. 236 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-229).
   RM735.7.G37 T97 1998 <SciRR>

Woy, Joann. Accessible gardening: tips and techniques for seniors and the disabled. Mechanicsburg, PA, Stackpole Books, c1997. 214 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 210-212).
   SB457.4.A34W68 1997 <SciRR>

Kitchen and Herb Gardens

Barash, Cathy Wilkinson. Kitchen gardens: how to create a beautiful and functional culinary garden. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co., c1998. 122 p.
   SB324.3.B37 1998 <SciRR>

The Big book of kitchen gardens. Alexandria, VA, Time-Life Books, c1999. 335 p.
   SB321.B534 1999 <SciRR>

Bremness, Leslie. The complete book of herbs. New York, Viking Studio Books, c1988. 288 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 281).
   SB351.H5B658 1988 <SciRR>

Bremness, Leslie. Fragrant herb garden. London, Quadrille, 2000. 80 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 80).
   SB351.H5B6538 2000

Bowling, Barbara L. The berry grower's companion. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 2000. 284 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-271).
   SB381.B68 2000 <SciRR>

Luebbermann, Mimi. Vegetable gardens. Minnetonka, MN, National Home Gardening Club, c1999. 160 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 154).
   SB324.3.L84 1999 <SciRR>

Nardozzi, Charlie. Vegetable gardening for dummies. Foster City, CA, IDG Books Worldwide, c1999. 356 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 338).
   SB321.N24 1999

Silber, Mark, and Terry Silber. Growing herbs and vegetables: from seed to harvest. New York, Knopf; distributed by Random House, 1999. 274 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 264-265).
   SB351.H5S54 1999 <SciRR>

Smith, Edward C. The vegetable gardener's bible. Pownal, VT, Storey Books, c2000. 309 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   SB324.3.S62 2000 <SciRR>

Landscape Gardening

Buchanan, Rita. Taylor's master guide to landscaping. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co., c2000. 372 p.
   SB473.B737 2000 <SciRR>

Daniels, Stevie. The wild lawn handbook: alternatives to the traditional front lawn. New York, NY, Macmillan USA, c1995. 223 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-209).
   SB439.D36 1995

Druse, Kenneth. The natural habitat garden. New York, NY, Clarkson Potter, c1994. 248 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 244).
   SB439.D66 1994 <SciRR>

Hill, Lewis. Lawns, grasses and groundcovers. Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press, c1995. 160 p.
   SB433.H56 1995 <SciRR>

Hobhouse, Penelope. Penelope Hobhouse's natural planting. London, Pavilion, 1997. 192 p.    Includes bibliographical references (p. 184-185).
   SB439.H62 1997 <SciRR>

Roth, Sally. Natural landscaping: gardening with nature to create a backyard paradise. Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press, 1997. 256 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 250).
   SB439.R675 1997 <SciRR>

Sternberg, Guy. Landscaping with native trees: the Northeast, Midwest, Midsouth and Southeast edition. Shelburne, VT, Chapters Pub., c1995. 288 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-277).
   SB435.5.W54 1995 <SciRR>

Sunset Northeastern landscaping book. Edited by Ken Druse. Menlo Park, CA, c2000. 416 p.
   SB473.S9 2000 <SciRR>

Specialty Gardening

Ashmun, Barbara. Garden retreats: creating an outdoor sanctuary. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, c2000. 149 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 147).
   SB453.3.S25A75 2000

Bartok, John W. Greenhouses for homeowners and gardeners. Ithaca, NY, National Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2000. 201 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 191).
   SB407.G4713 2000

Freeman, Mark. Gardening in your greenhouse. Mechanicsburg, PA, Stackpole Books, c1998. 200 p.
   SB415.F74 1998

Gustafson, Herb L. The art of Japanese gardens: designing and making your own peaceful space. New York, Sterling Pub. Co., c1999. 144 p.
   SB458.G87 1999

Nash, Helen, and Marilyn M. Cook. Water gardening basics. New York, Sterling Pub. Co., c1999. 128 p.
   SB423.N38 1999

Samson, Isabelle, and Remy Samson. The creative art of Bonsai. London, Hamlyn, 2000. 192 p.
   SB433.5.S2513 2000<SciRR>

Taylor's guide to shade gardening. Edited by Frances Tenenbaum. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994. 501 p.
   SB411.B38 1997 <SciRR>

Tomocik, Joseph. Water gardening. New York, Pantheon Books, 1996. 223 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 219).
   SB423.T65 1996

Verey, Rosemary. The garden in winter. Portland, OR, Timber Press, 1995. 168 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 162).
   SB439.5.V47 1995 <SciRR>

Westcott-Gratton. Stephen. Creating a cottage garden in North America. Golden, CO, Fulcrum Pub., c2000. 160 p.
   SB454.3.C67 W47 2000 <SciRR>



Creasy, Rosalind. The edible flower garden. Boston, Periplus Editions, 1999. 106 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 104-105).
   SB405.C765 1999

The garden problem solver. Pleasantville, NY, Reader's Digest Association., c1999. 416 p.
   SB453.G2733 1999 <SciRR>

Great garden formulas: the ultimate book of mix-it-yourself concoctions for your garden. Edited by Joan Benjamin and Deborah L. Martin. Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press, c1998. 342 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 318-319).
   SB453.5.G74 1998

Hynes, Erin. Improving the soil. Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press, c1994. 160 p.
   S596.75.H95 1994

Miller, Crow, and Elizabeth Miller. Organic gardening. Foster City, CA, IDG Books Worldwide, c20000. 338 p.
   SB453.5.M553 2000 <SciRR>

Stell, Elizabeth. Secrets to great soil: a grower's guide to composting, mulching, and creating healthy, fertile soil for your garden and lawn. Pownal, VT, Storey Pub., c1998. 215 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 206-207).
   S596.75.S74 1998 <SciRR>

Step-by step gardening techniques illustrated. Pownal, VT, Storey Communications, 1996. 212 p.
   SB453.S68388 1996 <SciRR>

Tripp, Kim E., and J. C. Raulston. The year in trees: superb woody plants for four-season gardens. Portland, OR, Timber Press, c1995. 204 p.
   SB435.T76 1995



The American Horticultural Society encyclopedia of gardening. Edited by Christopher Brickell. London, New York, Dorling Kindersley, 1993. 648 p.
   SB450.95.A45 1993 <SciRR>

Ellis, Barbara W. Complete gardener's dictionary. Happauge, NY, Barron's Educational Series, c2000. 313 p.
   SB450.95.E44 2000 <SciRR>

Fialka, Deborah R. The Washington Star garden book: the encyclopedia of gardening for the District, Maryland, and Virginia. Arlington, VA, Washington Book Trading Co., 1994. 249 p.
   SB453.2.M5Y6 <SciRR>

The Practical gardener's encyclopedia. San Francisco, Fog City Press, c2000. 320 p.
   SB453.P678 2000 <SciRR>

Sunset Western garden book. Edited by Kathleen Norris Brenzel. Rev. ed. Menlo Park, CA, Sunset Pub. Co., c2001. 768 p.
   SB453.2 2001 <SciRR>

Taylor's guide to gardening techniques. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, c1991. 477 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 454-457).
   SB450.95 .T38 1991 <SciRR>



Source book for gardeners. Pearblossom, CA, Green ThumbPrints, 1998. 164 p.
   SB450.943.U6 S68 <SciRR>

Landscape Architecture Sourcebook: a guide to resources on the history and practice of landscape architecture in the United States. Edited by Diana Vogelsong. Detroit, MI, Omnigraphics, 1997. 382 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Z5996.5.U6L36 1997

Skolnick, Solomon M. The home gardener's source. NY, Random House, c1997. 449 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   SB450.943.U6S58 1997

Heim, Judy and Gloria Hansen. Free stuff for gardeners on the Internet. Lafayette, CA, C&T Pub., c2000. 176 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 174).
   SB450.955.H45 2000

Garden literature: an index to periodical articles and book reviews. Boston, MA, Garden Literature Press, c1992.

DeMuth, Suzanne. Vegetables and fruits: a guide to heirloom varieties and community-based stewardship. Beltsville, MD, Alternative Farming Systems, USDA, National Agricultural Library, 1998. 3 v.
   Z5996.V4D45 1998

Clewis, Beth. The gardeners' index: where to find information about gardens and garden plants. NY, Neal-Schuman, c1993. 224 p.
   Includes bibliographical references (p. 220-224).
   Z5996.A1 C66 1993


Abstracting and Indexing Services that index relevant journal articles and other literature include online services such as Infotrac, Proquest, EbscoHost, Wildlife Worldwide, Agricola, and various databases in OCLC's First Search, such as Biological and Agricultural Index, Readers Guide and Article First.

Some suggested terms for searching are "Gardening," "Kitchen Gardens," and "Organic Gardening." More specific headings, such as "Wildflowers" "Perennials," or "Container Gardening" may be appropriate, depending upon the topic of interest. Note: Consult reference staff for location and format of abstracting and indexing (A&I) services in the Science Reading Room.



Journals that often contain relevant articles include the following:
The American Gardener SB1.N3
Arnoldia QK479.A7
Better Homes and Gardens NA7100.B45
The Garden: Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society SB4.R8
Horticulture SB469.G285
Fine Gardening WMLC93/1412
Garden Gate: the Illustrated Guide to Home Gardening and Design WMLC96/4
The Garden Tourist: a Guide to Garden Toys, Garden Days, Shows, and Special Events SB317.74.G37
Organic Gardening S605.5.07
Sunset Magazine F851.S95



Anderton, Stephen. Getting into the garden: the point of arrival is critical in any design. Horticulture, v. 97, Jan./Feb. 2000: 36-39.

Ashmun, Barbara Blossom. Amazing alliums: their playful shape and vibrant colors add verve to garden beds. Fine gardening, n. 70, Dec. 1999: 24-29.

Dardick, Karen. Gardening starts with the soil. Flower and garden, v. 45, Oct./Nov. 2001:64-66.

Farmer, Jenks. Ornamental gingers. Horticulture, v. 98, Oct. 2001:38-41.

Fisher, Kathleen. AHS - inspired gardens: American Horticultural Society National Youth Gardening Symposia. The American gardener, v. 76, Mar./Apr. 1997: 14-16.

Heidcamp, Arnette. Gardening with hummingbirds. The American gardener. v. 80, May/June 2001: 22-27.

Hodgson, Larry. The greenhouse effect: by choosing the right structure, you can beat back those winter blues and grow food and flowers in every season. Organic gardening, v. 48, Jan./Feb. 2001: 40-49.

Leatherman, Jane. Friends among us: when pests declare war on your garden, it's time to call out these tiny troops. Gardening how-to, v.5, July/Aug. 2000: 36-41.

Long, Cheryl. Build your soil with cover crops. Organic gardening, v. 47, Nov./Dec 2000: 56-59.

McAusland, Jim. Turn a lawn into a bed. Sunset, v. 207, Nov. 2001:76.

Ravenholt, Betty. Clever strategies for designing small spaces. Fine gardening, n. 68, July/Aug. 1999: 25-28.

Silk, Steve. Flowering tobaccos light up the garden. Fine gardening, n. 80, July/Aug. 2001:34-38.

Schneider, Peter. English roses. Horticulture, v. 96, Dec. 1999: 28-30.



Selected Materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include:

Fischer, Thomas. How do you say that? a guide to pronouncing botanical Latin. Horticulture, v. 97, Jan./Feb. 2000: 40-44.

Loom, Andrea. Rich pickings. The garden: journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, v. 126, Oct. 2001: 788-793.

Pelczar, Rita. Secret gardens. The American gardener, v. 80, July/Aug. 2001:23-27.

Perennials, a better homes and gardens special interest publication. Des Moines, IA, Meredith Corp., Spring 2002.

Sardar, Zahid. Vegetable love. House and garden, v. 17, March 2002:114-121.

Silk, Steve. The genesis of new plants. Fine gardening, n. 83, Jan./Feb. 2002: 60-65

Taylor, Harold. Easy-to-make plant supports. American gardener, May/June 2001: 43-44.

The Time-Life gardening handbook. Alexandria, VA, Time-Life Books, c1995. 32 p.




Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3519
The Arnold Arboretum publishes Arnoldia, and maintains a living collection of woody plants from around the world.
Institute for Cultural Landscape Studies

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
The garden conducts education and research, and is known for its publications. Plants and Gardens News is available at the website, along with virtual tours and information on botany, garden design, sustainable gardening, and other topics.

Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, Missouri 63166-0299
Active in horticultural research and education, the Missouri Botanical Garden also maintains a large website with a great deal of useful information including a collection of interesting Internet links, sources for exotic seeds, fact sheets on all aspects of gardening, and a plant-finder database.

The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458
Resources at the New York Botanical Garden include the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, one of the world's largest botanic libraries, demonstration gardens for home gardeners, and research and educational programs. The website offers botanical and gardening information.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, UK
The Royal Botanic Gardens promotes education and global research in horticulture, sustainable agriculture, plant diversity, and related areas.

United States National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002-1958
Maintained by the U.S.D.A., the Arboretum supports research and education, and hosts the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum.
American Bonsai Society
P.O. Box 1136
Puyallup, WA 98371-1136

American Community Gardening Association
100 N 20th Street - 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1495

American Daffodil Society
4126 Winfield Rd.
Columbus, OH 43220-4606

American Fern Society
326 West St. NW
Vienna, VA 22180-4151

Green Guerrillas
151 W. 30th St.
New York, NY
Since 1973, New York's Green Guerillas has helped thousands of people turn "vacant rubble strewn lots into vibrant community gardens."

American Hemerocallis Society
P.O. Box 10
Dexter, Georgia 31019

American Horticultural Society
7931 East Boulevard Drive
Alexandria, VA 22308
One of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country, with headquarters located at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia. The organization publishes The American Gardener.

American Iris Society
P.O. Box 14750
Richmond, VA 23221-4750

American Orchid Society
16700 AOS Lane
Delray Beach, FL 33446-4351

American Rose Society
P. O. Box 30,000
Shreveport, LA 71130-0030
The American Rose Society publishes The American Rose and maintains a website with a wealth of information on rose gardening.

American Violet Society
Violet Hill Farm
356 Windsor St.
Randolph, ME 04346

National Gardening Association
180 Flynn Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401
This non-profit organization focuses on "everyday home gardening" and publishes National Gardening

National Wildflower Research Center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, Texas 78739-1702

North American Rock Garden Society
PO Box 67
Millwood, NY 10546


Dave's Garden
Dave's Garden has gardening forums, seed trading, a large plant database and mail order nursery ratings.

Garden Forever
Gardening "for people of all ages, abilities and lifestyles."

Garden Guides
A good source for gardening catalogs and informational guides.

The Garden Gate
A gateway to gardening sites.

Garden Web Forum
Discussion on a very wide variety of gardening topics, from African violets to woodlands, bonsai to xeriscaping.

Gardening Launch Pad
Offers a large collection of well organized links to sites of interest for gardeners.

Greenacres: Landscaping with Native Plants
The Great Lakes National Program Office of the EPA maintains an informative website on green landscaping, geared mainly toward the Great Lake ecosystems.

New Jersey Agricultural Weed Gallery
An online gallery for identification of weeds.

National Park Service
The site provides information on invasive plants, wildflowers, integrated pest management, and other topics.

North American Butterfly Association
The North American Butterfly Association, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1992. Its mission is to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies, by focusing on "the joys of non-consumptive, recreational butterflying including listing, gardening, observation, photography, rearing and conservation".

Ohio State University Plant Dictionary

Perry's Perennials
Extension Professor, Greenhouse and Nursery Specialist, University of Vermont. A good source for herbaceous perennial information and links.

Plants by Mail FAQ Site
Intended to "introduce readers to the world of buying plants by mail order; and also to serve as a central clearinghouse for information about contacting various mail order plant houses." Useful information on mail order companies, including "Who Owns What".
Compiled by Alison P. Kelly
December 2001
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