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Current Books & Book Reviews

In 1999, the first issue of this review journal appeared. It aim was to fill a gap in reviews of new books in botany, gardening, landscape architecture, and related fields. Many volunteers and staff at the Chicago Botanic Garden contributed reviews of fascinating books, from technical tomes to children's tales about natural history. After 16 volumes and hundreds of reviews, this issue is the last.

I thank all of the reviewers who made this journal possible. I appreciated all of the kind comments from authors, publishers, readers, and librarians about this unique, online only, free journal.

– Edward J. Valauskas, Editor, Current Books on Gardening and Botany (also Curator of Rare Books at the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden).

Volume: 16, Number: 4
Title Author Publication Date
Around the world in 80 plants Stephen Barstow 2014
Catching nature in the act: Réaumur and the practice of natural history in the eighteenth century Mary Terrall 2014
Field guide to Wisconsin grasses Emmet J. Judziewicz, Robert W. Freckmann, Lynn G. Clark, and Merel R. Black 2014
Florida's edible wild plants: A guide to collecting and cooking Peggy Sias Lantz 2014
Grass, soil, hope: A journey through carbon country Courtney White 2014
Green walls green roofs: Designing sustainable architecture Gina Tsarounas (editor) 2014
How the Earth turned green: A brief 3.8-billion-year history of plants Joseph E. Armstrong 2014
Leaf defence Edward E. Farmer 2014
Pollen: The hidden sexuality of flowers Rob Kesseler and Madeline Harley 2014
Saving container plants: Overwintering techniques for keeping tender plants alive year after year Alice McGowan and Brian McGowan 2014
Saving vegetable seeds: Harvest, clean, store, and plant seeds from your garden Fern Marshall Bradley 2014
Sowing the seeds of victory: American gardening programs of World War I Rose Hayden-Smith 2014
Sustainable homebrewing: An all-organic approach to crafting great beer Amelia Slayton Loftus 2014
Technology and the garden Michael G. Lee and Kenneth I. Helphand (editors) 2014
The bee: A natural history Noah Wilson-Rich 2014
The flower hunter and the people: William Bartram's writings on the Native American Southeast William Bartram 2014
The glory of the tree Noel Kingsbury 2014
The Loudons and the gardening press: A Victorian cultural industry Sarah Dewis 2014
The Tao of vegetable gardening Carol Deppe 2015
The wilderness writings of Howard Zahniser Howard Zahniser 2014
The wildflowers of Ireland: A field guide Zoë Devlin 2014
The working man’s green space: Allotment gardens in England, France, and Germany, 1870-1919 Micheline Nilsen 2014
Views of nature Alexander von Humboldt 2014
Whispering flowers Mit Ingelaere-Brandt 2014