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
Stone, Rock & Gravel: Natural Features for Modern Gardens 3 6 Kathryn Bradley-Hole 2001 Stone, Rock & Gravel: Natural Features for Modern Gardens
States of Nature: Science, Agriculture, and Environment in the Spanish Caribbean, 1760-1940 5 6 Stuart George McCook 2002 States of Nature:  Science, Agriculture, and Environment in the Spanish Caribbea
Stone Primer: Ideas and Techniques for Incorporating Stone In and Around Your Home 9 6 Charles McRaven 2007 Stone Primer: Ideas and Techniques for Incorporating Stone In and Around Your Ho
Slow Gardening: A No-Stress Philosophy for all Senses and Seasons 13 6 Felder Rushing 2011 Slow Gardening: A No-Stress Philosophy for all Senses and Seasons
Sonoran Desert Life: Understanding, Insights, & Enjoyment 13 6 Gerald A. Rosenthal 2010 Sonoran Desert Life: Understanding, Insights, & Enjoyment
Successful Bonsai: Raising Miniature Trees 8 6 David Squire 2006 Successful Bonsai: Raising Miniature Trees
Stonework: Building Rock Gardens, Walks, Walls, and Ornaments 6 6 Alan and Gill Bridgewater 2002 Stonework: Building Rock Gardens, Walks, Walls, and Ornaments
Success with Acid-Loving Plants 10 6 Graham Clarke 2008 Success with Acid-Loving Plants
Sonoran Desert Life: Understanding, Insights, and Enjoyment 10 6 Gerald A. Rosenthal 2008 Sonoran Desert Life: Understanding, Insights, and Enjoyment
Specialty Cut Flowers: The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Woody Plants for Fresh and Dried Cut Flowers 5 6 Allan M. Armitage and Judy M. Laushman 2003 Specialty Cut Flowers: The Production of Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Woody P
Sow Simple: 100+ Green and Easy Projects to Make Your Garden Awesome 14 5 Christina Symons and John Gillespie 2012
Succulent Flora of Southern Africa 13 5 Doreen Court 2010 Succulent Flora of Southern Africa
Soils and Soil Fertility 8 5 Frederick R. Troeh and Louis M. Thompson 2005 Soils and Soil Fertility
Scent in the Islamic Garden: A Study of Literary Sources in Persian and Urdu 14 5 Ali Akbar Husain 2012 Scent in the Islamic Garden: A Study of Literary Sources in Persian and Urdu
So You Want to Start a Nursery 6 5 Tony Avent 2003 So You Want to Start a Nursery
Sir John Vanbrugh and the Vitruvian Landscape 14 5 Caroline Dalton 2012 Sir John Vanbrugh and the Vitruvian Landscape
Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon 6 5 Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barhtem, and Efrem Ferreira 2003 Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon
Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History 12 5 Adam Nicolson 2010 Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History
Saratoga in Bloom: 150 Years of Glorious Gardens 12 5 Janet Loughrey 2010 Saratoga in Bloom: 150 Years of Glorious Gardens
Seeds of Adventure: In Search of Plants 10 5 Peter Cox and Peter Hutchison 2008 Seeds of Adventure: In Search of Plants
Safe Sex in the Garden: And Other Propositions for an Allergy-Free World 5 5 Thomas Leo Ogren 2003 Safe Sex in the Garden: And Other Propositions for an Allergy-Free World
Sensations: A Time Travel Through Garden History 9 4 Nadine Olonetsky 2007 Sensations: A Time Travel Through Garden History
Stuart Robertson's Tips on Container Gardening 11 4 Stuart Robertson 2008 Stuart Robertson's Tips on Container Gardening
Scent of the Vanishing Flora 13 4 Roman Kaiser 2011 Scent of the Vanishing Flora
Sustainable Landscape Management: Design, Construction, and Maintenance 13 4 Thomas W. Cook and Ann Marie VanDerZanden 2011 Sustainable Landscape Management: Design, Construction, and Maintenance
Shrubs and Woody Vines of Indiana and the Midwest: Identification, Wildlife Values, and Landscaping Use 14 4 Sally S. Weeks and Harmon P. Weeks, Jr. 2012 Shrubs and Woody Vines of Indiana and the Midwest: Identification, Wildlife Valu
Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History 14 4 Carol Gracie 2012 Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History
Sensational Dried Flowers: Make Arrangements So Beautiful They Look Fresh 1 4 Esther Davis 1999 Sensational Dried Flowers: Make Arrangements So Beautiful They Look Fresh
Small–plot, High–yield Gardening 12 4 Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan 2010 Small–plot, High–yield Gardening
Spatial Pattern Analysis in Plant Ecology 2 4 Mark R.T. Dale 1999 Spatial Pattern Analysis in Plant Ecology
Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice 5 4 David S. Ingram, Daphne Vince-Prue and Peter J. Gregory (editors) 2002 Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice
Science on the Internet: A Resource for K-12 Teachers 2 4 Jazlin V. Ebenezer and Eddy Lau 1999 Science on the Internet: A Resource for K-12 Teachers
Searching for Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Essays in the Philosophy of Conservation Biology 5 4 Bryan G. Norton 2003 Searching for Sustainability:  Interdisciplinary Essays in the Philosophy of Con
Spatial Modeling of Forest Landscape Change: Approaches and Applications. 2 4 David J. Mladenoff and William L. Baker 1999 Spatial Modeling of Forest Landscape Change: Approaches and Applications.
Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England's Stone Walls 5 4 Robert M. Thorson 2002 Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History in New England's Stone Walls
Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences 3 4 Geoffrey C. Bowker and Susan Leigh Star 2000 Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences
Seaweeds: Edible, Available, and Sustainable 15 4 Ole G. Mouritsen 2013
Shifting Ground: Transformed Views of the American Landscape 3 4 Rhonda Lane Howard 2000 Shifting Ground: Transformed Views of the American Landscape
Structure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem: The Jornada Basin Long-Term Ecological Research Site 9 4 Kris M. Havstad, Laura F. Huenneke, and William H. Schlesinger 2006 Structure and Function of a Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystem: The Jornada Basin Long-
Spring Wildflowers of West Virginia 8 3 Earl L. Core 2005 Spring Wildflowers of West Virginia
Sampling Rare or Elusive Species: Concepts, Designs, and Techniques for Estimating Population Parameters 8 3 William L. Thompson (editor) 2005 Sampling Rare or Elusive Species: Concepts, Designs, and Techniques for Estimati
Sutton Hoo and its Landscape: The Context of Monuments 11 3 Tom Williamson 2008 Sutton Hoo and its Landscape: The Context of Monuments
Sierra Nevada Natural History 7 3 Tracey I. Storer, Robert L. Usinger, and David Lukas 2004 Sierra Nevada Natural History
Succulents for the Contemporary Garden 5 3 Yvonne Cave 2003 Succulents for the Contemporary Garden
Shadows in the Sun: Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire 1 3 Wade Davis 1998 Shadows in the Sun: Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire
Saving Migrant Birds: Developing Strategies for the Future 5 3 John Faaborg 2002 Saving Migrant Birds: Developing Strategies for the Future
Sibley's Birding Basics 5 3 David Allen Sibley 2002 Sibley's Birding Basics
Sugar: A Bittersweet history 12 3 Elizabeth Abbott 2009 Sugar: A Bittersweet history
Sunflowers: The Secret History 10 3 Joe Pappalardo 2008 Sunflowers: The Secret History
Some Japanese Flowers: Photographs by Kazumasa Ogawa 15 3 Kazumasa Ogawa 2013 Some Japanese Flowers: Photographs by Kazumasa Ogawa
Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges 6 3 Eric Jay Dolin 2003 Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges
Shrubs Large and Small: Natives and Ornamentals for Midwest Gardens 15 3 Moya L. Andrews and Gillian Harris 2013
Sustainable Soils: The Place of Organic Matter in Sustaining Soils and Their Productivity 6 3 Benjamin Wolf and George H. Snyder 2003 Sustainable Soils: The Place of Organic Matter in Sustaining Soils and Their Pro
Sustainable Site Design: Criteria, Process, and Case Studies for Integrating Site and Region in Landscape Design 12 2 Sustainable design 2010 Sustainable Site Design: Criteria, Process, and Case Studies for Integrating Sit
Sexy Orchids Make Lousy Lovers & Other Unusual Relationships 12 2 Marty Crump 2009 Sexy Orchids Make Lousy Lovers & Other Unusual Relationships
Seeds, Sex & Civilization: How the Hidden Life of Plants has Shaped our World 13 2 Peter Thompson 2010 Seeds, Sex & Civilization: How the Hidden Life of Plants has Shaped our World
Starting Seeds: How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers from Seed 15 2 Barbara Ellis 2012 Starting Seeds: How to Grow Healthy, Productive Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers f
Successful Container Gardening: 75 Easy-to-Grow Flower and Vegetable “Gardens” 12 2 Joseph R. Provey 2010 Successful Container Gardening:  75 Easy-to-Grow Flower and Vegetable “Gardens”
Smart Guide: Ponds, Fountains, and Waterfalls 12 2 Fran J. Donegan (editor) 2010 Smart Guide: Ponds, Fountains, and Waterfalls
Succulent Paradise: Twelve Great Gardens of the World 16 1 Gideon E. Smith and Estrela Figueiredo 2013
Sunflowers 4 1 Debra N. Mancoff 2001 Sunflowers
Sunbelt Gardening: Success in Hot-Weather Climates 4 1 Tom Peace 2000 Sunbelt Gardening: Success in Hot-Weather Climates
Sex, Bounty, and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks 7 1 Patricia Fara 2004 Sex, Bounty, and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks
Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn 7 1 Hannah Holmes 2005 Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn
Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees: Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health 13 1 Malcolm T. Sanford and Richard E Bonney 2010 Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees:  Honey Production, Pollination, Bee Health
Succession Planting for Year–round Pleasure 7 1 Christopher Lloyd 2005 Succession Planting for Year–round Pleasure
South African Traditional Medicinal Plants from KwaZulu–Nata 15 1 Henrik Greve Blessing. Berit Smestad Paulsen, Hege Ekeli, Qunton Johnson, and Kaare R. Norum (editors) 2012 South African Traditional Medicinal Plants from KwaZulu–Nata
Sheridan Nurseries: One Hundred Years of People, Plans, and Plants 15 1 Edward Butts and Karl Stensson 2012 Sheridan Nurseries: One Hundred Years of People, Plans, and Plants
Stealing Shining Rivers: Agrarian Conflict, Market Logic, and Conservation in a Mexican Forest 15 1 Molly Doane 2012 Stealing Shining Rivers: Agrarian Conflict, Market Logic, and Conservation in a
Success with Roses 10 1 Graham Clarke 2007 Success with Roses
Spelt Healthy! Quality Whole Food Cooking and Baking with Spelt 10 1 Marsha Cosentino 2006 Spelt Healthy! Quality Whole Food Cooking and Baking with Spelt
Signs & Seasons 9 1 John Burroughs 2006 Signs & Seasons