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
Plant User Handbook: A Guide to Effective Specifying 6 6 James Hitchmough and Ken Fieldhouse (editors) 2004 Plant User Handbook: A Guide to Effective Specifying
Plants of Hawai’i: How to Grow Them 15 6 Fortunato Teho 2013
Plant Cold Hardiness: Gene Regulation and Genetic Engineering 6 6 Paul H. Li and E. Tapio Palva (editors) 2002 Plant Cold Hardiness: Gene Regulation and Genetic Engineering
Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution, Ecology and Ethnobotany 5 6 Jean H. Langenheim 2003 Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution, Ecology and Ethnobotany
Patricia Johanson's House & Garden Commissions: Reconstruction of Modernity 10 6 Xin Wu 2007 Patricia Johanson's House & Garden Commissions: Reconstruction of Modernity
Planting Schemes from Sissinghurst 5 6 Tony Lord 2003 Planting Schemes from Sissinghurst.
Phylogeny and Evolution of Angiosperms 9 6 Douglas E. Soltis, Pamela S. Soltis, Peter K. Endress, and Mark W. Chase 2005 Phylogeny and Evolution of Angiosperms
Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A History of Designed Landscape in New Orleans 13 6 Lake Douglas 2011 Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A History of Designed Landscape in New Orleans
Plant Arrangements: Creativity with Flowers 13 6 Per Benjamin, Max van de Sluis, and Tomas De Bruyne 2011 Plant Arrangements: Creativity with Flowers
Patio Produce: How to Cultivate a Lot of Home-Grown Vegetables from the Smallest Possible Space 11 6 Paul Peacock 2009 Patio Produce: How to Cultivate a Lot of Home-Grown  Vegetables from the Smalles
Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape 11 6 Lynden B. Miller 2009 Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape
Poisonous Plants: A Cultural and Social History 11 6 Robert Bevan-Jones 2009 Poisonous Plants: A Cultural and Social History
Portraits of Himalayan Flowers 4 6 Toshio Yoshida 2002 Wildflowers	Pictorial works
Practical Botany for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored 15 6 Geoff Hodge 2013
Planting a Rainbow 5 5 Lois Ehlert 2003 Planting a Rainbow
Pitcher Plants of the Americas 9 5 Stewart McPherson 2006 Pitcher Plants of the Americas
Plant Genotyping II: SNP Technology 10 5 Robert J. Henry (editor) 2008 Plant Genotyping II: SNP Technology
Plants and Vegetation: Origins, Processes, Consequences 10 5 Paul Keddy 2007 Plants and Vegetation: Origins, Processes, Consequences
Plants and the K-T Boundary 10 5 Douglas J. Nichols and Kirk R. Johnson 2008 Plants and the K-T Boundary
Pruning Plant by Plant 14 5 Andrew Mikolajski 2012 Pruning
Public Garden Management: A Complete Guide to the Planning and Administration of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta 13 5 Donald A. Rakow and Sharon A. Lee 2011 Public Garden Management: A Complete Guide to the Planning and Administration of
Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany 14 5 Sachiko Kusukawa 2012 Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Hum
Plants for Atlantic Gardens: Handsome and Hard-Working Shrubs, Trees, and Perennials 13 5 Jodi DeLong 2011 Plants for Atlantic Gardens: Handsome and Hard-Working Shrubs, Trees, and Perenn
Pine 15 5 Laura Mason 2013
Pulmonarias and the Borage Family 6 5 Masha Bennet 2003 Pulmonarias and the Borage Family
Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes 15 5 Felicia Sanzari Chernesky 2013
Paths of Desire: The Passions of a Suburban Gardener 6 5 Dominique Browning 2004 Paths of Desire: The Passions of a Suburban Gardener
Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand 15 5 Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell 2013
Palms Won’t Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm–climate Plants for Cooler Areas 6 5 David A. Francko 2003 Palms Won’t Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm–climate Plants for Cooler Areas
Plant Proteomics 9 4 Christine Finnie (editor) 2006 Plant Proteomics
Perennials 2 4 Ray Edwards 1999 Perennials
Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Plantings 9 4 Scott C. Scarfone 2007 Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Cr
Plants 2 4 Ontario Science Centre 1998 Plants
Perennials Short and Tall: A Seasonal Progression of Flowers for Your Garden 10 4 Moya L. Andrews 2008 Perennials Short and Tall: A Seasonal Progression of Flowers for Your Garden
Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers, and Citizens 7 4 Dan L. Perlman and Jeffrey C. Milder 2005 Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers, and Citizens
Planting Paradise: Cultivating the Garden 1501–1900 13 4 Stephen Harris 2011 Planting Paradise: Cultivating the Garden 1501–1900
Public Nature: Scenery, History, and Park Design 15 4 Ethan Carr, Shaun Eyring, and Richard Guy Wilson (editors) 2013
Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America 14 4 David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie 2012 Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America
Practical Plant Identification: Including a Key to Native and Cultivated Flowering Plant Families in North Temperate Regions 9 4 James Cullen 2006 Practical Plant Identification: Including a Key to Native and Cultivated Floweri
Private Lives of Garden Birds 5 4 Calvin Simonds 2002 Private Lives of Garden Birds
Planting Wetlands and Dams 12 3 Nick Romanowski 2009 Planting Wetlands and Dams Second Edition
Peppers: Vegetable and Spice Capsicums 2 3 Paul W. Bosland and Eric J. Votava 2000 Peppers: Vegetable and Spice Capsicums
Peaceful Gardens 6 3 Stephanie Donaldson 2003 Peaceful Gardens
Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate: Promises and Perils 14 3 Joyce Maschinski and Kristin E. Haskins (editors) 2012 Plant Reintroduction in a Changing Climate: Promises and Perils
Planting the Natural Garden 6 3 Piet Oudolf and Henk Gerritsen 2003 Planting the Natural Garden
Primula 6 3 John Richards 2003 Primula
Plant Systematics 8 3 Michael G. Simpson 2006 Plant Systematics
Pleasures of the garden: A literary anthology 16 3 Christina Hardyment 2014
Provence Artists’ Gardens 10 3 Julia Droste-Hennings 2008 Provence Artists’ Gardens
Pharaoh’s Flowers: The Botanical Treasures of Tutankhamun Second Edition 11 3 F. Nigel Hepper 2009 Pharaoh’s Flowers: The Botanical Treasures of Tutankhamun Second Edition
Prairies and Plains: The Reference Literature of a Region 11 3 Robert Balay (editor) 2009 Prairies and Plains: The Reference Literature of a Region
Perfectly Delightful: The Life & Gardens of Harvey Ladew 1 3 Christopher Weeks 1999 Perfectly Delightful: The Life & Gardens of Harvey Ladew
Perfect Plant Perfect Place 5 3 Roy Lancaster 2002 Perfect Plant Perfect Place
Plants and People of Nepal 6 2 Narayan P. Manandhar, with the assistance of Sanjay Manandhar 2002 Plants and People of Nepal
Pollinators of Native Plants 16 2 Heather Holm 2014
People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening 3 2 Robin Chotzinoff 1996 People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening
Plant Reproduction: How do you Grow a Giant Pumpkin? 16 2 Cath Senker 2014
Plant This! Best Bets for Year-Round Gorgeous Gardens 3 2 Ketzel Levine 2000 Plant This! Best Bets for Year-Round Gorgeous Gardens
Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses from Your Garden 14 2 Valerie Easton 2011
Plant Physics 16 2 Karl J. Niklas and Hanns-Christof Spatz 2014
Prairie Wetland Ecology: The Contribution of the Marsh Ecology Research Program 3 2 Henry R. Murkin, Arnold G. van der Valk and William R. Clark (Editors) 2000 Prairie Wetland Ecology: The Contribution of the Marsh Ecology Research Program
Plant Tropisms 10 2 Simon Gilroy and Patrick H. Masson (editors) 2008 Plant Tropisms
P. Allen Smith's Living in the Garden Home: Connecting the Seasons with Containers, Crafts, and Celebrations 10 2 P. Allen Smith 2007 P. Allen Smith's Living in the Garden Home: Connecting the Seasons with Containe
Peculiar Plants 15 2 Anita Ganeri 2012 Peculiar Plants
Plants in Spring 15 2 Martha E.H. Rustad 2012 Plants in Spring
Practical Bamboos: The 50 Best Plants for Screens, Containers, and More 13 2 Paul Whittaker 2010 Practical Bamboos: The 50 Best Plants for Screens, Containers, and More
Plant Propagation 1 2 Alan Toogood, Editor-in-chief 1999 Plant Propagation
Plant Combinations for your Landscape 13 2 Tony Lord 2010 Plant Combinations for your Landscape
Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities 13 2 Alexander Garvin 2011 Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities
Plant Secondary Metabolites: Occurrence, Structure and Role in the Human Diet 9 2 Alan Crozier, Michael N. Clifford, and Hiroshi Ashihara (editors) 2006 Plant Secondary Metabolites: Occurrence, Structure and Role in the Human Diet
Possum in the Pawpaw Tree: A Seasonal Guide to Midwestern Gardening 2 2 B. Rosie Lerner and Beverly S. Netzhammer 1994 Possum in the Pawpaw Tree: A Seasonal Guide to Midwestern Gardening
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden 2 2 George Levenson 1999 Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
Planting Designs for Cactus & Succulents 16 1 Sharon Asakawa and John Bagnasco 2013
Plant This Instead! Better Plant Choices 16 1 Troy B. Marden 2014
Plains Apache Ethnobotany 11 1 Julia A. Jordan 2008 Plains Apache Ethnobotany
Plants as Persons: A Philosophical Botany 14 1 Matthew Hall 2011 Plants as Persons: A Philosophical Botany
Pick of the Bunch: The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers 12 1 Margaret Willes 2009 Pick of the Bunch: The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers
Passiflora: Passionflowers of the World 7 1 Torsten Ulmer and John M. Macdougal 2004 Passiflora: Passionflowers of the World
Pioneers of American Landscape 4 1 Charles A. Birnbaum and Robin Karson (editors) 2000 Pioneers of American Landscape
Photoshop Brushes & Creative Tools: Floral & Botanical 12 1 Alan Weller 2009 Photoshop Brushes & Creative Tools: Floral & Botanical
Plant Cell Biology: A Practical Approach 4 1 Chris Hawes and Béatrice Satiat-Jeunemaitre (editors) 2001 Plant Cell Biology: A Practical Approach
Paradise of exiles: The Anglo–American gardens of Florence 12 1 Katie Campbell 2009 Paradise of exiles: The Anglo–American gardens of Florence
Plants of the Victorian High Country 15 1 John Murphy and Bill Dowling 2012 Plants of the Victorian High Country
Prairie Plants of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum 10 1 Theodore S. Cochrane, Kandis Elliot, and Claudia S. Lipke 2006 Prairie Plants of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
Plant Conservation: An Ecosystem Approach 9 1 Alan Hamilton and Patrick Hamilton 2006 Plant Conservation: An Ecosystem Approach
Planting the Landscape: A Professional Approach to Garden Design 1 1 Nancy A. Leszczynski 1999
Plant Propagation A-Z: Growing Plants for Free 5 1 Geoff Bryant 2003 Plant Propagation A-Z: Growing Plants for Free
Peonies 9 1 Pamela McGeorge 2006 Peonies
Plant Roots: The Hidden Half 5 1 Yoav Waisel, Amram Eshel and Uzi Kafkafi (editors) 2002 Plant Roots: The Hidden Half
Plant Physiology 9 1 Lincoln Taiz and Eduardo Zeiger 2006 Plant Physiology
Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens San Antonio, Tex.: Trinity University Press, 2010 13 1 Vaughn Sills 2010 Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens San Antonio, Tex.: T
Private Gardens of Connecticut 13 1 Jane Garmey 2010 Private Gardens of Connecticut