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Gardens and Gardening

Updated: May 2, 2017

Gardening is one of Americans' favorite hobbies. It is not necessary to have a large plot of land, a few potted plants will do--indoors or outdoors. Included are books about magnificent gardens and smaller ones, and books about gardening.

Land, Leslie.
Call Number: 635.0942 L253

Roger Phillips, British botanical and garden photographer, and Leslie Land, American food writer, struck up a friendship at a mushroom gathering in New Hampshire. Their shared interests continued in a charming correspondence across the pond.

Obama, Michelle, 1964-
Call Number: 641.0973 O12

First Lady Michelle Obama's goal was to promote healthy, nutritious, tasty food, and it all began with the creation of a vegetable, fruit and herb garden on the grounds of the White House.

Call Number: 711.9794 H953An

The Huntington Library has several gardens. The Chinese Garden, or Garden of Flowing Fragrance, was opened to the public in 2008. Filled with lovely full-page color photographs, the authors discuss the special symbolism of the plants and layout of the garden space.

Waters, Alice.
Call Number: 372.635 W329

Chef, restaurateur and food writer Alice Waters championed fresh, organic produce to be used in cooking. At a Berkeley middle school, Waters along with teachers and volunteers changed an abandoned pile of soil into an educational food movement. They taught children and adults how to grow, harvest and cook food on a relatively small scale, and The Edible Schoolyard, which has numerous locations including a local site The Larchmont Schools.

Whiteson, Leon.
Call Number: 716.09794 W594 1996

An inspiring story of how Leon Whiteson's changed his drab Hollywood backyard into a beautiful refuge. 

Guest, C. Z.
Call Number: 716 G936-2

C. Z. Guest was a socialite, horse woman, but also a dedicated gardener. Her gardening  was begun in childhood, and as the chatelaine of an estate in Old Westbury, Guest was hands-on in maintaining and overseeing the indoor and outdoor gardens.

Perényi, Eleanor, 1918-2009.
Call Number: 635.048 P437 1983

Eleanor Perenyi was an amateur gardener who wrote passionately about all aspects of gardening. One of these seventy-two essays should offer courage and incentive for the novice and seasoned gardener alike.

Cruso, Thalassa.
Call Number: 716.4 C957

British gardener Thalassa Cruso was a unique personality on public televsion, akin to Julia Childs, she had a wealth of knowledge about the basics of gardening. Here she is on YouTube making things grow.

La Farge, Annik.
Call Number: 711.9747 L159

On Manhattan's West Side, one and half miles of abandoned elevated train track was transformed into a urban sanctuary in a very unlikely site.

Call Number: 711.9794 H951On folio

A history of the Huntington's Japanese Garden, which is over 100 years old. Beauty, tradition and culture are exemplified in the unique features of this very popular California landmark. 

Weschler, Lawrence.
Call Number: 711.9794 G394We

Robert Irwin created a garden to work with Richard Meier's architecture for the J. Paul Getty Museum

White, Katharine Sergeant Angell.
Call Number: 716 W585-1

The correspondence between two ardent gardeners, Katharine S. White, editor at The New Yorker, and Elizabeth Lawrence, a southern garden writer.