Seed and nursery catalogues

Seed and nursery catalogues are important sources used by garden and landscape historians. From them, we can gather hints on trends of landscape styles, what flowers, vegetables and fruits were grown in a certain period, chart the rise and fall of individual nurseries, see illustrations of popular tools and garden and landscaping machinery, and add to our knowledge of horticultural history. Catalogues can add to the stories behind the people and the plants, and sometimes provide information on exploration, hybridizing, and introduction of certain plants.