Current Books & Book Reviews

Current Books on Gardening & Botany is an Internet-only journal reviewing new books and other media about gardening, horticulture, and botany. Reviews cover a wide range of new literature in print and digital form and are written primarily by the staff of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Title Volume Numbersort ascending Author Publication Date
Birdscaping in the Midwest: A Guide to Gardening with Native Plants to Attract Birds 14 6 Mariette Nowak 2012 Birdscaping in the Midwest: A Guide to Gardening with Native Plants to Attract B
Beautiful Corn: America’s Original Grain From Seed to Plate 14 6 Anthony Boutard 2012 Beautiful Corn: America’s Original Grain From Seed to Plate
Bamboo in Japan 4 6 Nancy Moore Bess 2001 Bamboo in Japan
Burdock 10 6 Janet Malcolm 2008 Burdock
Browsing nature’s aisles: A year of foraging for wild food in the suburbs 15 6 Wendy and Eric Brown 2013
Bulbs in the Basement, Geraniums on the Windowsill: How to Grow and Overwinter 165 Tender Plants 10 6 Alice McGowan and Brian McGowan 2008 Bulbs in the Basement, Geraniums on the Windowsill: How to Grow and Overwinter 1
Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification 15 6 Thomas J. Elpel 2013
Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color 12 6 Wendy Hollender 2010 Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide  to Mastering Realistic Form and Natur
Bonsai: Noelanders Trophy Ten Years — A Decade of Bonsai Exhibitions in Winter 2000–2009 12 6 Bonsai Association Belgium 2010 Bonsai: Noelanders Trophy Ten Years —  A Decade of Bonsai Exhibitions in Winter
Biological Control of Crop Diseases 5 6 Samuel S. Gnanamanickam (editor) 2002 Biological Control of Crop Diseases
Biocontrol in Protected Culture 9 6 Kevin M. Heinz, Roy G. Van Driesche, and Michael P. Parrella (editors) 2004 Biocontrol in Protected Culture
Bedouin Ethnobotany: Plant Concepts and Uses in a Desert Pastoral World 13 6 James P. Mandaville 2011 Bedouin Ethnobotany: Plant Concepts and Uses in a Desert Pastoral World
Bulb 11 6 Anna Pavord 2009 Bulb
Bromeliads for Home and Garden 13 5 Jack Kramer 2011 Bromeliads for Home and Garden
Brenda Colvin: A Career in Landscape 13 5 Trish Gibson 2011 Homegrown Herbs: A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More Than 100
Bonsai for Beginners 3 5 Craig Coussins 2001 Bonsai for Beginners
Beauty by Design: Inspired Gardening in the Pacific Northwest 15 5 Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates 2013
Boxwood: An Illustrated Encyclopedia 7 5 Lynn R. Batdorf 2004 The Garden Maker’s Manual
Best of 500 Gardens & Swimming Pools 15 5 Wim Pauwels 2013
Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener 12 5 Emily Herring Wilson (editor) 2010 Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener
Bald Coot and Screaming Loon: Adventures in the Curious, Mysterious and Remarkable World of Birds 12 5 Niall Edworthy 2010 Bald Coot and Screaming Loon: Adventures in the Curious, Mysterious and Remarkab
Baboquivari Mountain Plants: Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany 12 5 Daniel F. Austin 2010 Baboquivari Mountain Plants:  Identification, Ecology, and Ethnobotany
Big Ideas for Small Gardens 9 5 Emily Young and Dave Egbert 2006
Biodiversity Studies: A Bibliographic Review 3 4 Charles H. Smith 2000 Biodiversity Studies: A Bibliographic Review
Bananas You Can Grow 3 4 James W. Waddick and Glenn M. Stokes 2000 Bananas You Can Grow
Botanical Essays from Kent: Some Botanical Features of a University Town in Ohio 13 4 Tom S. Cooperrider 2011 Botanical Essays from Kent: Some Botanical Features  of a University Town in Ohi
Beth Chatto's Woodland Garden 5 4 Beth Chatto 2002 Beth Chatto's Woodland Garden
Botanica 2 4 Tom Baril 2000 Botanica
Building a Backyard Bird Habitat 2 4 Scott Shalaway 2000 Building a Backyard Bird Habitat
Brick in the Landscape: A Practical Guide to Specification and Design 2 4 Rob W. Sovinski 1999 Brick in the Landscape: A Practical Guide to Specification and Design
Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving 3 4 Carol Deppe 2000 Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties:  The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant
Break Through: Why We Can’t Leave Saving the Planet to Environmentalists 11 3 Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger 2009 Break Through: Why We Can’t Leave Saving the Planet to Environmentalists
Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees 11 3 Nalini M. Nadkarni 2008 Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees
Brush with Gondwana: The Botanical Artists Group of Western Australia 11 3 Janda Gooding 2008 Brush with Gondwana: The Botanical Artists Group of Western Australia
Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment 15 3 Tony Pisano 2013
Better Homes and Gardens Perennial Gardening 13 3 2010 Better Homes and Gardens Perennial Gardening
Beth Chatto’s Damp Gardens: Moisture–Loving Plants for Year–Round Interest 7 3 Beth Chatto 2005 Beth Chatto’s Damp Gardens: Moisture–Loving Plants for Year–Round Interest
Bronx Ecology: Blueprint for a New Environmentalism 5 3 Allen Hershkowitz 2002 Bronx Ecology: Blueprint for a New Environmentalism
Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples 5 3 Ulrike and Hans-Georg Preissel 2002 Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples
Bumble bees of North America: An identification guide 16 3 Paul H. Williams, Robbin W. Thorp, Leif L. Richardson, and Sheila R. Colla 2014
Birdhouses and Feeders You Can Make: Complete Plans and Instructions for Bird-Friendly Nesting and Feeding Sites 1 3 Paul Gerhards 1999 Birdhouses and Feeders You Can Make:  Complete Plans and Instructions for Bird-F
Basic Gardening Illustrated 1 3 Carol Moholt, Janet Sanchez and the Editors of Sunset Books 1999 Basic Gardening Illustrated
Bioarchaeological Studies of Life in the Age of Agriculture: A View from the Southeast 2 3 Patricia M. Lambert 2000 Bioarchaeological Studies of Life in the Age of Agriculture:  A View from the So
Best Trees for Your Garden 6 3 Allen Paterson 2003 Best Trees for Your Garden
Bryophyte Biology 11 2 Bernard Goffinet and A. Jonathan Shaw, editors 2009 Bryophyte Biology
Botanical Aspects of Environment and Economy at Gordion, Turkey 13 2 Naomi F. Miller 2010 Botanical Aspects of Environment and Economy at Gordion, Turkey
British Butterflies: A History in Books 13 2 David Dunbar 2010 British Butterflies: A History in Books
Botany for Gardeners 8 2 Brian Capon 2005 Botany for Gardeners
Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer's Guide 8 2 Rick Cech and Guy Taylor 2005 Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer's Guide
Barn Building: The Golden Age of Barn Construction 10 2 Jon Radojkovic 2007 Barn Building: The Golden Age of Barn Construction
Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One’s Own, a Memoir 14 2 Jenna Woginrich 2011
Biological Control of Plant Diseases 9 2 S.B. Chincholkar and K.G. Mukerji (editors) 2007
Beautiful Madness 9 2 James Dodson 2007 Beautiful Madness
Between Garden and City: Jean Canneel-Claes and Landscape Modernism 12 2 Dorothée Imbert 2009 Between Garden and City: Jean Canneel-Claes and Landscape Modernism
Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design 12 2 Landscape architecture, Vocational guidance 2010 Becoming a Landscape Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design
Beautiful Backyards: Courtyards, Terraces, Patios, Decks, Balconies: Simple Ideas and Techniques to Transform your Outside Space, with 280 Practical Photographs 15 1 Joan Clifton and Jenny Hendy 2012 Beautiful Backyards: Courtyards, Terraces, Patios, Decks, Balconies: Simple Idea
Botanical Sketchbook 13 1 Mary Ann Scott with Margaret Stevens 2010 Botanical Sketchbook
Back in the Garden with Dulcy: The Best of The Oregonian Writer Dulcy Mahar 16 1 Dulcy Mahar 2013
Botanics: A Phytocosmetic Desk Reference 1 1 Frank S. D'Amelio, Sr. 1999 Botanics: A Phytocosmetic Desk Reference
Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country 14 1 Kelby Ouchley 2011 Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country
Botanical Keys to Florida’s Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines: A Guide to Field Identification 14 1 Gil Nelson 2011 Botanical Keys to Florida’s Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines: A Guide to Field Ide
Birds at Your Feeder: A Guide to Winter Birds of the Great Plains 6 1 Dana Gardner and Nancy Overcott 2003 Birds at Your Feeder: A Guide to Winter Birds of the Great Plains
Bulbs 6 1 Marco Leone 2003 Bulbs
Benton MacKaye: Conservationist, Planner, and Creator of the Appalachian Trail 11 1 Larry Anderson 2008 Benton MacKaye: Conservationist, Planner, and Creator of the Appalachian Trail
Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 7 1 Steven Pinker (editor) 2004 Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004