University of Delaware Library

on Gardening

An Exhibition

curated by

Sally W. Donatello

June 1 - August 17, 2004

"Gardeners on Gardening" showcases a selection of books by gardeners who have written with passion about the art of gardening and horticulture. Readers need garden books for pleasure, instruction, and inspiration. Regardless of the season they seek ideas and knowledge for their own designs. Gardening writing inspires varied forms of nonfiction--advice books, diaries, magazine articles, newspaper columns, correspondence, memoirs, journals, poetry, and seasonal notes. This genre's popularity continues because it conveys advice, ideas, and knowledge that is used by generation after generation of gardeners. Reflecting rich regional interest and strong horticultural programs at the University of Delaware, the Library holds a vast trove of works by famous and not-so-famous gardeners.

Whether written by the professionally educated or self-taught, the books reflect each author's love of nature and need to recreate cultivated and uncultivated landscapes into their own visions. All were compelled to elaborate on their accomplishments, skills, secrets, and tips as well as record their labors, lessons, disappointments, and pleasures.

Appealing to botanists, landscape architects, and backyard gardeners, the exhibition includes books from the nineteenth through the twenty-first century. Curator Sally W. Donatello of the Special Collections Department of the Library organized the cases into four categories: editors and writers; horticulturists and garden experts; amateurs and garden lovers; and, artists, historians, and scientists. The following bibliography includes all the books that were seen in the exhibition.


Betts, Edwin Morris.
Thomas Jefferson's Garden Book, 1766-1824
. Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 1944.

Blajan, Daniel.
Foxgloves and Hedgehop Days: Secrets in a Country Garden
. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997.

Bowles, E.A.
My Garden in Spring
. London: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1914.

Capek, Karel.
T he Gardener's Year
. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984 (originally published London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1931) or c. 1931.

Clayton, Virginia Tuttle (ed).
The Once & Future Gardener: Garden Writing from the Golden Age of Magazines: 1900-1940.
Boston: David R. Godine Publishers, 2000.

Cook, E.T. (ed.).
The Century Book of Gardening: A Comprehensive Work for Every Lover of the Garden
. London: Country Life, 1900.

Davies, W.H.
My Garden. London: Jonathan Cape Ltd., 1933.

DuBoulay, Shirley.
The Gardeners. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1985.

Earle, Alice Morse.
Old-Time Gardens: A Book of the Sweet O' the Year. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1901.

Ely, Helena Rutherfurd.
A Women's Hardy Garden. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1903.

Haggard, H. Rider.
A Gardener's Year. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1905.

Hobhouse, Penelope. (ed.).
Gertrude Jekyll on Gardening. Boston: David Godine Publisher, 1984.

Hottes, Alfred C.
Garden Facts and Fancies. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1949.

Hugo, Nancy R.
Earth Works: Readings for Backyard Gardeners. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1997.

Jarman, Derek.
Derek Jarman's Garden. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press, 1996.

Lacy, Allen.
Home Ground: A Gardener's Miscellany. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1984.

Lees-Milne, Alvilde and Rosemary Verey.
The Englishwoman's Garden. London: Chatto & Windus, 1980.

Lelièvre, Jacques-Felix.
Jacques-Felix Lelièvre's New Louisiana Gardener. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001 (c. 1838)

Murray, Pauline.
Planning and Planting the Home Garden. New York: Orange Judd Publishing Company, 1932.

Nichols, Beverley.
Garden Open Today. London: Jonathan Cape, 1963.

Nollman, Jim.
Why We Garden: Cultivating a Sense of Place. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1994.

Perényi, Eleanor.
Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden. New York: Random House: 1981.

Peters, Ruth Marie.
Your Garden in Town. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1957.

Pollan, Michael.
The Botany of Desire. New York: Random House, 2001.

Rion, Mary C.
Ladies' Southern Florist. Columbia: University of South Carolina, 2001 (c. 1860)

Sackville-West, Vita.
Some Flowers. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1993.

Scott, Barbara and Bobby J. Ward (ed).
A Garden's of One's Own: Writings of Elizabeth Lawrence. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

Sedgwick, Mabel Cabot.
The Garden Month by Month. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1907.

Thaxter, Celia
An Island Garden. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1894.

Tudor, Tasha.
The Private World of Tasha Tudor. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1992.

Wilder, Louise Beebe.
My Garden. Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1927.


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