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 Volumesort descending Number Author Publication Date
Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias 1 3 John R. Dunmire, Jim McCausland and the Editors of Sunset Books 1999 Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias
Amazing Annuals 1 3 Marjorie Mason Hogue 1999 Amazing Annuals
A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmstead and America in the Nineteenth Century 1 3 Witold Rybczynski 1999 A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmstead and America in the Nineteent
A Woman's Hardy Garden 1 4 Helena Rutherford Ely 1999 A Woman's Hardy Garden
A Breath From Elsewhere 1 2 Mirabel Osler 1999 A Breath From Elsewhere.
AHS Great Plant Guide 1 3 1999 AHS Great Plant Guide
An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants 2 2 Paul Christiansen and Mark Muller 1999 An Illustrated Guide to Iowa Prairie Plants
A Pompeian Herbal 2 2 Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski 1999 A Pompeian Herbal
Animal House 2 2 Melissa Bay Mathis 1999 Animal House
Agrobiodiversity: Characterization, Utilization and Management 2 2 D. Wood and J.M. Lennè (editors) 1999 Agrobiodiversity: Characterization, Utilization and Management
Australian Rainforests: Islands of Green in a Land of Fire 2 4 D.M.J.S. Bowman 2000 Australian Rainforests: Islands of Green in a Land of Fire
Annuals 2 4 Patricia Freeman 2000 Annuals
A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics 2 4 Marco Lambertini 2000 A Naturalist's Guide to the Tropics
All About Compost: Recycling Household and Garden Waste 2 4 Pauline Pears 1999 All About Compost: Recycling Household and Garden Waste
Animals in Camouflage 2 4 Phyllis Limbacher Tildes 1999 Animals in Camouflage
A Garden of Fragrance 2 5 Suzy Bales 2000 A Garden of Fragrance
Arthur Harry Church: The Anatomy of Flowers 3 1 David Mabberley 2000 Arthur Harry Church: The Anatomy of Flowers
A Man's Garden 3 1 Warren Schultz 2001 A Man's Garden
A Native Hawaiian Garden 3 2 John L. Culliney and Bruce P. Koebele 1999 A Native Hawaiian Garden
A Congenial Fellowship: A Botanical Correspondence Between Charles C. Deam and Floyd A. Swink 3 2 Peg Mohar (Editor) 2000 A Congenial Fellowship: A Botanical Correspondence Between Charles C. Deam and F
A Color Atlas of Plant Structure 3 3 Bryan G. Bowes 2000 A Color Atlas of Plant Structure
A Year in Our Gardens: Letters by Nancy Goodwin and Allen Lacy 3 5 Nancy Goodwin and Allen Lacy 2001 A Year in Our Gardens: Letters by Nancy Goodwin and Allen Lacy
A Tree for All Seasons 3 6 Robin Bernard 2001 A Tree for All Seasons
Alaska: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide 3 6 Dennis Paulson and Les Beletsky 2001 Alaska: The Ecotravellers' Wildlife Guide
A Practical Guide to Bonsai 3 6 1997 A Practical Guide to Bonsai
A Book of Blue Flowers 3 1 Robert Geneve 2000 A Book of Blue Flowers
A Walk in the Deciduous Forest 3 1 Rebecca L. Johnson 2001 A Walk in the Deciduous Forest
A Brief History of Gardening 4 6 Neil Fairbaim 2001 A Brief History of Gardening
A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed 4 6 James Fenton 2001 A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed
An American Cutting Garden: A Primer for Growing Cut Flowers Where Summers Are Hot and Winters Are Cold 4 6 Suzanne McIntire 2002 An American Cutting Garden: A Primer for Growing Cut Flowers Where Summers Are H
A Favorite Place of Resort for Strangers: The King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga 4 1 Lucinda A. Brockway 2001 A Favorite Place of Resort for Strangers: The King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga
Annuals with Style: Design Ideas from Classic to Cutting Edge 4 1 Michael A. Ruggiero and Tom Christopher 2000 Annuals with Style: Design Ideas from Classic to Cutting Edge
Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials 4 2 Allan M. Armitage 2001 Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials
Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers 4 2 Sharman Apt Russell 2001 Anatomy of a Rose: Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers
A Child's Garden: Introducing Your Child to the Joys of the Garden 5 1 Elizabeth St. Cloud Muse 2002 A Child's Garden: Introducing Your Child to the Joys of the Garden
Around the House and in the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing and Home Improvement 5 2 Dominique Browning 2001 Around the House and in the Garden:  A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing and Home Im
A Naturalist's Guide to Wetland Plants: An Ecology for Eastern North America 5 4 Donald D. Cox 2002 A Naturalist's Guide to Wetland Plants: An Ecology for Eastern North America
American Nature Writing 2003 5 5 ohn A. Murray (editor) 2003 American Nature Writing 2003
A Year at Barnsdale: The Inspiring Legacy of Geoff Hamilton’s Beautiful Garden 5 6 Tony Hamilton 2002 A Year at Barnsdale: The Inspiring Legacy of Geoff Hamilton’s Beautiful Garden
A Passion for Vegetables 6 1 Lorenza De’Medici 2002 A Passion for Vegetables
An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect 6 2 Sharman Apt Russell 2003 An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect
Annuals for Every Purpose: Choose the Right Plants for Your Conditions, Your Garden, and Your Taste 6 1 Larry Hodgson 2002 Annuals for Every Purpose:  Choose the Right Plants for Your Conditions, Your Ga
Are Trees Alive? 6 1 Debbie S. Miller 2002 Are Trees Alive?
An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms 6 1 Robert Lee Riffle and Paul Craft 2003 An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
Against Extinction: The Story of Conservation 6 5 William M. Adams and Martin Mulligan 2004 Against Extinction: The Story of Conservation
A Field Guide to Bacteria 6 5 Betsey Dexter Dyer 2003 A Field Guide to Bacteria
American Heritage Children’s Science Dictionary 6 6 2003 American Heritage Children’s Science Dictionary
A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons 6 6 Philip Harnden 2003 A Gardener’s Guide to Frost:  Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall
All About Garden Pools & Fountains 6 8 Denny Schrock (editor) 2006 All About Garden Pools & Fountains
American Horticultural Society SmartGarden Regional Guide: Northeast 6 3 Trevor Cole 2003 American Horticultural Society SmartGarden Regional Guide: Northeast
An Outdoor Guide to Bartram’s Travels 6 3 Charles D. Spornick, Alan R. Cattier, and Robert J. Greene 2003 An Outdoor Guide to Bartram’s Travels
American Horticultural Society Southeast Smart Garden Regional Guide 7 6 Rita Pelczar and William E. Barrick 2004 American Horticultural Society Southeast Smart Garden Regional Guide
A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500–1920 7 6 T.C. Smout, Alan R. MacDonald, and Fiona Watson 2005 A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500–1920
Alien Species and Evolution: The Evolutionary Ecology of Exotic Plants, Animals, Microbes, and Interacting Native Species 7 4 George W. Cox 2004 Alien Species and Evolution: The Evolutionary Ecology of Exotic Plants, Animals,
A Natural History of Ferns 8 4 Robbin C. Moran 2004 A Natural History of Ferns
Aliens in the Backyard: Plant and Animal Imports into America 8 1 John Leland 2005 Aliens in the Backyard: Plant and Animal Imports into America
American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species: Strangers on the Land 9 2 Peter Coates 2006 American Perceptions of Immigrant and Invasive Species: Strangers on the Land
A Passion for Trees: The Legacy of John Evelyn 9 3 Maggie Campbell-Culve 2006 A Passion for Trees: The Legacy of John Evelyn
A Very Small Farm 9 3 William Paul Winchester 2006 A Very Small Farm
A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era 10 2 Robin S. Karson 2007 A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era
Alaska Trees and Shrubs. Second edition 10 1 Leslie A. Viereck and Elbert Luther Little 2007 Alaska Trees and Shrubs. Second edition
An Introduction to Botanical Medicines: History, Science, Uses, and Dangers 10 6 Antoine Al-Achi 2008 An Introduction to Botanical Medicines: History, Science, Uses, and Dangers
A Natural History of Quiet Waters: Swamps and Wetlands of the Mid-Atlantic Coast 10 6 Curtis J. Badger 2007 A Natural History of Quiet Waters: Swamps and Wetlands of the Mid-Atlantic Coast
A Taste for Gardening: Classes and Gendered Practices 10 6 Lisa Taylor 2008 A Taste for Gardening: Classes and Gendered Practices
A Portable Dictionary of Plants, Their Classification and Use - Third Edition 10 5 David Mabberley 2008 A Portable Dictionary of Plants, Their Classification and Use (Third edition)
Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape 10 5 Tim Richardson 2008 Avant Gardeners: 50 Visionaries of the Contemporary Landscape
A Spring Without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered our Food Supply 11 4 Michael Schacker 2008 A Spring Without Bees: How Colony Collapse Disorder Has Endangered our Food Supp
A Weed by any Other Name: The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the Plants we Don’t Plant 11 4 Nancy Gift 2009 A Weed by any Other Name: The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the P
Another World Lies Beyond: Creating Liu Fang Yuan, Huntington’s Chinese Garden 11 3 T. June Li (editor) 2009 Another World Lies Beyond: Creating Liu Fang Yuan, Huntington’s Chinese Garden
A Legacy in Bloom: Celebrating a Century of Gardens at the Cummer 11 2 Judith B. Tankard 2008 A Legacy in Bloom: Celebrating a Century of Gardens at the Cummer
A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque 11 3 Jean–Luc E. Cartron, David C. Lightfoot, Jane E Mygatt 2008 A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque
A Landscaper’s Guide to Perennial Flowers 11 1 Mark Zampardo 2008 A Landscaper’s Guide to Perennial Flowers
A Vegetable Gardener’s Year 11 6 ‘Dirty Nails’ 2008 A Vegetable Gardener’s Year
A Rare Botanical Legacy: The Contributions of Ruby and Arthur Van Deventer in Northwestern California 11 5 Rick Bennett and Susan Calla (editors) 2009 A Rare Botanical Legacy: The Contributions of Ruby  and Arthur Van Deventer in N
A Guide to Native Plants of the New York City Region 12 6 Margaret B. Gargiullo 2010 A Guide to Native Plants of the New York City Region
Australian Palms: Biogeography, Ecology and Systematics 12 6 John Leslie Dowe 2010 Australian Palms: Biogeography, Ecology and Systematics
An Introduction to Plant Structure and Development: Plant Anatomy for the Twenty-First Century 12 6 Charles B. Beck 2010 An Introduction to Plant Structure and Development:  Plant Anatomy for the Twent
Arguments for Protected Areas: Multiple Benefits for Conservation and Use 12 5 Sue Stolton and Nigel Dudley (editors) 2010 Arguments for Protected Areas: Multiple Benefits for Conservation and Use
Aquatic and Standing Water Plants of the Central Midwest: Nelumbonaceae to Vitaceae — Water Lotuses to Grapes 12 4 Robert H. Mohlenbrock 2010 Aquatic and Standing Water Plants of the Central Midwest: Nelumbonaceae to Vitac
A Year in a Rock Garden: An Organic Gardening Guide 12 4 Ron Kushner 2010 A Year in a Rock Garden: An Organic Gardening Guide
A Simple Celebration of Trees & Tree-planting Ceremonies 12 3 Daniel Butler 2010 A Simple Celebration of Trees & Tree-planting Ceremonies
A Handbook of Soil Terminology, Correlation and Classification 12 2 Pavel Krasilnikov, Juan-José Ibáñez Martí, Richard Arnold, and Serghei Shoba (editors) 2009 A Handbook of Soil Terminology, Correlation and Classification
A Little Piece of Earth: How to Grow Your own Food in Small Spaces 12 2 Maria Finn 2010 A Little Piece of Earth: How to Grow Your own Food in Small Spaces
An Irishman’s Cuttings: Tales of Irish Gardens and Gardeners, Plants and Plant Hunters 12 1 E. Charles Nelson 2009 An Irishman’s Cuttings: Tales of Irish Gardens and Gardeners, Plants and Plant H
Alan Dunn’s Sugarcraft Flower Arranging 12 1 Alan Dunn 2009 Alan Dunn’s Sugarcraft Flower Arranging
A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region 13 6 Bruce A. Sorrie 2011 A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region
A–Z of Flower Portraits: An Illustrated Guide to Painting 40 Beautiful Flowers in Watercolour 13 6 Billy Showell 2010 A–Z of Flower Portraits: An Illustrated Guide to Painting 40 Beautiful Flowers i
Airplanes in the Garden: Monarch Butterflies Take Flight 13 6 Joan Z. Calder and Cathy Quiel 2011 Airplanes in the Garden: Monarch Butterflies Take Flight
A Veritable Eden, The Manchester Botanic Garden: A History 13 6 Ann Brooks 2011 'A Veritable Eden', The Manchester Botanic Garden: A History
At Home with Flowers: Beautifully Simple Arrangements for Every Room in the House 13 5 Jane Packer 2011 At Home with Flowers: Beautifully Simple Arrangements for Every Room in the Hous
A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens 13 4 Carole Ottesen 2011 A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens
Abundant Beauty: The Adventurous Travels of Marianne North — Botanical Artist 13 4 Marianne North 2011 Abundant Beauty: The Adventurous Travels of Marianne North — Botanical Artist
Alpines from Mountain to Garden 13 3 Richard Wilford 2010 Alpines from Mountain to Garden
Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast 13 3 Charles D. Stutzenbaker 2010 Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast
A Natural History of the New World: The Ecology and Evolution of Plants in America 13 3 Alan Graham 2011 A Natural History of the New World:  The Ecology and Evolution of Plants in Amer
Asian Gardens: History, Beliefs, and Design 13 1 Tom Turner 2011 Asian Gardens: History, Beliefs, and Design
Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet 13 1 Diana Beresford-Kroeger 2010 Arboretum Borealis: A Lifeline of the Planet
A Nature Lover’s Almanac: Kinky Bugs, Stealthy Critters, Prosperous Plants & Celestial Wonders 14 5 Diane Olson 2012 A Nature Lover’s Almanac: Kinky Bugs, Stealthy Critters, Prosperous Plants & Cel
A Guide to Moist-soil Wetland Plants of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley 14 4 Michael L. Schummer, Heath M. Hagy, K. Sarah Fleming, Joshua C. Cheshier, and James T. Callicutt 2012 A Guide to Moist-soil Wetland Plants of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
A Short Visit in Mistra on May 1: Mistra Estates Flora 14 4 Eugene Ladopoulos 2012 A Short Visit in Mistra on May 1: Mistra Estates Flora
A World of Gardens 14 4 John Dixon Hunt 2012 A World of Gardens
A Practical Guide to Topiary 14 4 Jenny Hendy 2011 A Practical Guide to Topiary
Australian Planting Design 14 6 Paul Thompson 2012 Australian Planting Design
Ancient Trees in the Landscape: Norfolk’s Arboreal Heritage 14 2 Gerry Barnes and Tom Williamson 2011 Ancient Trees in the Landscape: Norfolk’s Arboreal Heritage
Australia’s Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria 14 6 Ross McKenzie 2012 Australia’s Poisonous Plants, Fungi and Cyanobacteria
Aldo Leopold’s Shack: Nina’s Story 14 1 Nancy Nye Hunt 2011 Aldo Leopold’s Shack: Nina’s Story
Andrew Jackson Downing: Essential Texts 14 5 Robert Twombly, editor 2012 Andrew Jackson Downing: Essential Texts
Aloes: The Definitive Guide 14 1 S. Carter, J.J. Laranos, L.E. Newton, and C.C. Walker 2011 Aloes: The Definitive Guide
A Primer of Botanical Latin with Vocabulary 15 4 Emma Short and Alex George 2013
Almost Home: The Public Landscapes of Gertrude Jekyll 15 5 Kristine F. Miller 2013
A Southern Woman’s Guide to Herbs 15 5 Jaclyn Weldon White 2013
Australian Plants as Aboriginal Tools 15 1 Philip A. Clarke 2012 Australian Plants as Aboriginal Tools
A Field Guide to Alpine Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains 15 1 Hälle Flygare 2012 A Field Guide to Alpine Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains
A World in one Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity 15 1 David Liittschwager 2012 A World in one Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity
A Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest 15 1 Daniel Winkler 2012 A Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest
Aldo Leopold: A Sand Country Almanac and Other Writings on Ecology and Conservation 15 3 Curt Meine (editor) 2013
Alpine Plants of the Northwest: Wyoming to Alaska 15 3 Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon, with Rosamund Pojur, Curtis Björk, and Hans Roemer 2013
A Gardener's Guide to Wildlife & Birds and How to Attract Them 16 1 Jen Green, Christine and Michael Lavelle 2013
A history of the garden in fifty tools 16 3 Bill Laws 2014