Horticultural History Links



History of hydroponics, 1, 2, 3 DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]

Origin of food crops, 1, 2, 3

History of horticulture, 1, 2, 3 [DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]

Notable Women in the History of Horticulture, David R. Hershey. HortTechnology, Vol. 2, Issue 2, April 1992

The Market garden

The history of the medieval vegetable garden of the common man and woman: the poorness of descriptions and pictures

The Seed & Nursery Catalog in Europe and the U.S.

Our Vegetable Travellers

The Strawberry: History, Breeding and Physiology [DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]

History of the apple, 1, 2, 3

History of ginseng, 1, 2

History of the Potato, 1, 2

History of the Onion, 1, 2, 3

History of the tomato, 1, 2

The origin and history of our garden vegetables, to which is added their dietetic values, by Henslow, George, 1835-1925.   London, Pub. for the Author by the Royal Horticultural Society, 1912.

History of cider making

History of the pear, 1, 2 [DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]

Community Gardens: A Tool for Community Building, contains a short history of community gardening

Old Rose History and Synopsis, by Brent C. Dickerson

The symbol of the rose, 1, 2

Heirloom plants and organizations

Rosebank Letter, Harry McGee, well-known Canadian rose expert

History of the tulip, 1, 2, 3

Tobi Marlan, “The Rise, Fall, and Almost Rise of the Caviar of Cantaloupe,” Buzzfeed (January 3, 2016)

Relf, Diane. “Human Issues in Horticulture.” HortTechnology. Vol. 2, no. 2 (April/June 1992).

Jules Janick, The Origins of Horticultural Technology and Science, pdf, 2007. [DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]


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First food gardens in Canada

History of vegetable gardening in Quebec

Kitchen garden, Louisburg, Nova Scotia

Amerindian agriculture

History of agriculture in Canada

History of agriculture in Alberta, 1, 2

A Cent a Pound or on the Ground: Okanagan Fruit Growers and Marketing, 1920-1935

Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association: history

History of Canadian apple growing

History of the McIntosh apple

Publications of the Canada Department of Agriculture, 1867-1974

David Dendy and Kathleen M. Kyle, “A Fruitful Century: The British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association 1889 – 1989,” British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association

“Grown in the Garden of Canada: The History of the Fruit Industry in Grimsby, Ontario

Blossoms and borders: Cultivating apples and a modern countryside in the Pacific Northwest, 1890-2001, by Jason Patrick Bennett. Ph.D. thesis. Victoria: University of Victoria, 2008. [DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]

Lost landscapes of the market gardeners : a qualitative historical GIS examination of the demise of the Chinese and Japanese market gardening industries in the north and central Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, 1910s-1950s. Ph.D. thesis. Catherine Jane Kyle, 2017

Market Gardening, Chinese-Canadian Stories

Veseys Seeds, history, Prince Edward Island

The Alumni Association of the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture, history


Chinese garden design, history and Buddha, video, part four

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Hortus Veitchii: A history of the rise and progress of the nurseries of Messrs. James Veitch and sons, together with an account of the botanical collectors and hybridists employed by them and a list of the most remarkable of their introductions by Veitch, James Herbert. London: J. Veitch & Sons, 1906.

The Rose Garden, in two divisions: Division I. Embracing the history of the poetry of the rose, the formation of the rosarium, and a detailed account of the various practices adopted in the successful cultivation of this popular flower: Division II. Containing an arrangement, in natural groups, of the most esteemed varieties of roses recognized and cultivated in the various rose gardens, English and foreign; with full description and remarks on their origin and mode of culture, by Paul, William. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1903.

Ferns: British & foreign: The history, organography, classification, and enumeration of the species of garden ferns with a treatise on their cultivation, etc., by Smith, John. London: D. Bogue, 1879.

Unearthing the lost history of market gardens, by Robert Cumber, London

Market gardens: the ‘ugly sisters’ of horticultural history, by Gillian Riley

The oldest horticultural society in the world – the Ancient Society of York Florists, video

Horticultural Researcher for the BBC, video

Glinton Horticultural Society History, video

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Market gardening in Australia, the Chinese impact

The Australasian fruit culturist, containing full and complete information as to the history, traditions, uses, propagation and culture of such fruits as are suitable to Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand, by Crichton, David Alexander. Melbourne: A. M’Kinley, 1893.

Market gardening and farming, Chinese-Australian Historical Images in Australia

Australian Aboriginals’ use of plants, 1, 2, 3 [DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]

Chinese Market Gardens, video

Sydney Living Museums, Chinese Market Garden

Historic Chinese Market Gardens, video


French market-gardening: including practical details of “intensive cultivation” for English growers, by John Weathers. London: John Murray, 1909.

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The Floating Gardens in Mexico Xochimilco, World Heritage Risk Site,  Saul Alcantara Onofre; [DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]

Mexico’s Famous Floating Gardens Return to Their Agricultural Roots, Naomi Tomky, Smithsonianmag.com, January 31, 2017

How Mexico City’s Mysterious Floating Gardens Helped Feed the City For Hundreds of Years, video

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History of market gardening, Encyclopedia of New Zealand


The History of the Establishment and Development of the Nursery. I. V. Michurin: Selected Works, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1949.

Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin Reference Archive. [Russian hybridist]


History of the USDA pecan breeding program

History of kitchen gardens in the U.S.

Victory Horticultural Library – collection of seed catalogues and other horticultural publications

Our Rose Garden – University of Illinois

History of apple growing in Maine, 1


The Pajaro Valley, California, Apple Industry, 1890-1930, 1

Strawberry Growing in the Pajaro Valley, California, 1, 2, 3

Oregon Early Horticultural History and Lore, 1, 2 [DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]

Tomato Culture: A practical treatise on the tomato, its history, characteristics, planting, fertilization, cultivation in field, garden, and green house, harvesting, packing, storing, marketing, insect enemies and diseases, with methods of control and remedies, etc., by Tracy, William Warner. New York: O. Judd Company, 1907.

History of community gardening in Philadelphia

Governor’s Mansion Vegetable Garden, Pulaski, Arkansas

Marca L. Woodhams, Librarian, Horticulture Branch, comp., The American Seed and Nursery Industry, Smithsonian Institutions Libraries, Bibliography; and Biographies of American Seedsmen & Nurserymen.

Hall, Charles V., History of the Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University

Vegetables and Fruits: A Guide to Heirloom Varieties and Community-Based Stewardship. Volume 3. Historical Supplement. National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Nosal, Steven J., “A Study of the Historical Development and Horticultural Practices of a Public Garden.” (2013). Theses, Dissertations, and Student Research in Agronomy and Horticulture. Paper 67. [Lincoln, Nebraska]

The new American orchardist; or, An account of the most valuable varieties of fruit, of all climates, adapted to cultivation in the United States; with their history, modes of culture, management, uses, & c. With an appendix on vegetables, ornamental trees, shrubs, and flowers, the agricultural resources of America, and on silk, etc., by Kenrick, William. Boston: Otis, Broaders and Company, 1842.

Peas and Pea Culture: A practical and scientific discussion of peas, relating to the history, varieties, cultural methods, insects and fungous pests, with special chapters on the canned pea industry, peas as forage and soiling crops, garden peas, sweet peas, seed breeding, etc., by Sevey, Glenn Cyrus. New York: Orange Judd Company, 1911.

Elliott’s Fruit Book; or, the American fruit-grower’s guide in orchard and garden. Being a compendium of the history, modes of propagation, culture, &c., of fruit trees and shrubs, with descriptions of nearly all the varieties of fruits cultivated in this country; notes of their adaptation to localities and soils, and also a complete list of fruits worthy of cultivation, by Elliott, Franklin Reuben. New York: C.M. Saxton, 1854.

The Illustrated Strawberry Culturist: Containing the history, sexuality, field and garden culture of strawberries, forcing or pot culture, how to grow from seed, hybridizing, and all other information necessary to enable everybody to raise their own strawberries, by Fuller, Andrew Samuel. New York: Orange Judd, 1887.

Bulbs and Tuberous-rooted Plants: Their history, description, methods of propagation and complete directions for their successful culture in the garden, dwelling and greenhouse, by Allen, Charles Linnaeus. New York: Orange Judd Company [c1893] 1909.

The History of Irrigation and the Orchard Industry in the Bitter Root Valley, by Dorothy J. Zeisler. M.A. thesis. University of Montana, 1982. [DOWNLOADS A PDF; DOESN’T GO TO A SPECIFIC PAGE]

Manual of American Grape-growing, by U.P. Hedrick

19c-20c American Seed Catalogues