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Cover of Biggle Orchard Book: Fruit and Orchard Gleanings from Bough to Basket

Biggle Orchard Book

By Jacob Biggle. Philadelphia: W. Atkinson Co, 1911.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This pocket-sized book is part of the Biggle Farm Library, a collection of numerous volumes that cover a gamut of agricultural topics from gardening to bee-keeping to raising pigs and horses. The author, Jacob Biggle, states that his book “aims to tell the inquiring reader just what he or she needs to know--no more, no less.”  He writes with a folksy wisdom covering all aspects of orchard care, incorporating sage advice from Harriet and Farmer Vincent. The book starts with advice about the proper planning and siting of an orchard, where he advises putting on “your thinking cap”... Read More
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Chrysanthemum Culture for America

By James Morton. New York: Rural Publishing Company, 1891.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

In the 19th century America, as the middle class grew, more people had time to garden for pleasure. That’s when books on flower gardening became popular. Chrysanthemum culture for America: a book about chrysanthemums, their history, classification, and care (1891), written by James Morton, was one of earliest American publications on the history and care of chrysanthemums. At the time, the famous horticulturist Liberty Hyde Bailey considered it the best book “written by an American” on the flower. The name “chrysanthemum” comes from the Greek words, “chrysos” (gold) and “... Read More
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Colour in My Garden

By Louise Beebe Wilder; iIlustrated in color by Anna Winegar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page, 1918.
Adoption Amount: $600   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This charming and lovely limited first edition (number 748 of 1500 numbered copies) is considered a classic in the field. Louise Beebe Wilder, an important figure in American gardening history, was greatly influenced by renowned British gardener Gertrude Jekyll. Wilder’s description of plants and her designs and artistry are still relevant to today's gardeners. Wilder writes about the seasons during one year in her garden at Balderbrae in Pomona, New York, which she and her husband purchased in 1910. The book is illustrated throughout with color plates painted by Anna Winegar, the... Read More
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Gardening for Profit

By Peter Henderson. New York: Orange Judd Co, 1883.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

The first edition of Peter Henderson’s Gardening for Profit was published in 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, and sold 100,000 copies. It’s considered the first book written on market gardening in the United States. Market gardening is defined as small scale production of fruits, vegetables and flowers, from less than an acre to a few acres. In today's world, you may meet a market gardener at your local farmer's market. The book is also often credited for educating many Civil War veterans in growing food for sale and providing them with a livelihood. ... Read More
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Rock gardening for amateurs

By H. H. Thomas. London, New York, Toronto, and Melbourne: Cassell and company, limited, 1914.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This first edition, with its eye-poppingly colorful book cover and spine of rocks and flowering shrubs, was written by a leading British garden writer of  the 20th century, Harry Higgott Thomas (1876-1956). Thomas trained at the famous Kew Gardens in London and worked at Veitch’s Nursery and Windsor as foreman of the Royal Gardens before embarking on a career as a horticultural writer. Rock Gardening for Amateurs is written for beginning rock gardeners and is one of over 30 books and articles he wrote on gardening during this lifetime. The publishers took advantage of new... Read More
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The Curious History of the Bulb Vase

By Patricia Coccoris. Birmingham: Cortex Design, 2012.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Did you know that several types of plant bulbs, such as hyacinth, tulips, crocus, daffodils, amaryllis, snowdrops, and irises, can grow and bloom successfully in just water and provide a beautiful display in your home? The equipment invented to do that is the bulb vase. This book’s unusual subject (it’s the only book on bulb vases in the Botany and Horticulture Library!) details the history of these vases from the 1700s through their prominence during the Victorian Era and into present day. Photographs of various bulb vases are shown and described, so this book is valuable to... Read More
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The desert garden

By Frances Lillian Hamilton. Phoenix, Ariz.: 1933.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This slim book about native plants found in the Phoenix regional area, circa 1933, was written at a time when the population of the city was just under 50,000 people. It’s a self published book with the author providing both text and simple pen and ink illustrations of the plants throughout the book, including the book’s cover. The term "the desert garden" refers to the natural landscape surrounding the Phoenix area, including Phoenix mountain park, Camelback mountain, Papago Park, and Squaw Peak, as opposed to a garden of desert loving plants. The title is a bit of a misnomer, with the... Read More
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The Garden of a Commuter's Wife

By Mabel (Osgood) Wright. New York: The Macmillan company;London, Macmillan & co., ltd, 1901.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

In this novel, the titular "Gardener” is the book’s author, Mrs. Mabel Osgood Wright, and “The Commuter” is based on her husband, James Osborne Wright. The dedication reads “This Book belongs to the Commuter.” The story is filled with people who love family and nature, and the black-and-white photos invite the viewer into this genteel world. The Gardener is inspired to make her husband’s home a place of beauty and serenity. Mabel Osgood Wright (American, 1859-1934) was a remarkable and accomplished woman. She was a prolific author of fiction, non-fiction,... Read More
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The grapes of New York

By U.P. Hedrick, assisted by N.O. Booth, O.M. Taylor, R. Wellington, M.J. Dorsey. Albany: J. B. Lyon company, state printers, 1908.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

U.P. Hedrick was a horticulturist at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York in 1905, when he began writing the first of many monographs of fruit cultivars that could be grown in New York State.  The grapes of New York is the first of his many works.   The Smithsonian Libraries' Botany and Horticulture Library holds all his works in print.  The works were classic references on the fruit cultivars of the period. These volumes are much sought after by pomologists and fruit enthusiasts for their detailed descriptions and beautiful... Read More
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The Lure of the Garden

By Hildegarde Hawthorne. New York: The Century Co., 1911.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This is not a typical book on gardening methods, but rather a meditation on how each of us responds to a garden as a place, and on the importance of gardens to humans’ well-being. Chapter topics include the “social side of gardens” and "gardens of well-known people." Author Hildegarde Hawthorne was the granddaughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne and a prolific writer in her own right. The book is richly illustrated with drawings and black-and-white photographs. The last chapter speculates about America’s future gardens. Will we have stately gardens similar to those in England, Italy, and... Read More

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