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

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

Heritage Gardens….Inspirations from our Past, Sharon Lynn Rempel, 2002

Conservation and restoration of historic gardens

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.

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.

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 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.

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, 1798. London: D. Bogue, 1879.

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, 1828-1909.   New York: Orange Judd Company [c1893] 1909.

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

Heirloom plants and organizations

Burial Customs and Cemeteries in American History

Botanical Explorations in the United States and Canada

Plant exploration and some plant explorers

Millennium Seed Bank project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

Documented Historic Landscapes, American society of Landscape Architects

On the Future of Landscape History: John Dixon Hunt in discussion with Mark Laird, video

History of Landscape Architecture [images only]

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Journal of Vegetation History and Archaeobotany

Ongoing excavations at Catalhoyukt, Turkey, 1, 2

Archaeobotany Web resources, 1, 2, 3, 4

The Dung File – references on pollen, parasites, and plant remains in coprolites and latrine fills from archaeological and palaeoenvironmental sites

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites; cultural landscapes list

Botanic Gardens Conservation International

International Tree Foundation, history


Seeds of Diversity: Canada’s Heritage Seed-Saving Network

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, 1, 2

Canadian Horticultural Council

Ontario Horticultural Association – history

Ottawa [Canada] Horticultural Society history

History of the Vineland Growers’ Cooperative [Niagara Peninsula]

Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, history


Australian Garden History Society, 1, 2


Garden History Society, 1, 2

Historic Gardens Foundation, England

English Heritage, garden and landscape conservation

English Heritage — Historic Environment – Local Management (HELM)

National Trust – list of historic gardens in England

United States

Massachusetts Garden History Society

History of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. 1829-1878. Boston: Massachusetts Horticultural Society. 1880.

The California Garden and Landscape History Society

National Trust for Historic Preservation

American Association for State and Local History

Historic Garden League, Monterey, California

California garden societies and horticultural publications, 1947-1990, by Pearce, F. Owen, 1990.

Southern Garden History Society

Pacific Northwest Garden History Society

Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes

National Association for Olmsted Parks

The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Cultural Landscape Legacies, Inc.


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International Cultural Heritage Law, Oxford University Press

ArchNet – Digital Library – History: online community for architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects with a special focus on the Islamic world

ICOMOS, Historic Gardens – committee link

International Council on Monuments and Sites


Centre for Canadian Landscape Architecture Archives, University of Guelph

Backader-Lautman Library of Architecture and Art, McGill University, guide to landscape resources

Canadian Heritage Information Network

Peel’s Prairie Provinces Bibliography, University of Alberta

United States

Library of American Landscape History

Archives of American Gardens, Smithsonian Museum

Discover History, National Park Service

IDEALS – Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship

Dumbarton Oaks Online Library Catalog

Environmental Design Library, University of California, Berkeley — views, plans, sections, elevations or details of important buildings and sites, 1

Architecture Visual Resources Library, University of Berkeley, digital collection of images in the history of architecture, urbanism, design, and art, landscapes and garden plans

Carnegie Mellon University, Visual Resources, Arts Library: List of Image Collections

Chronological list of Master’s theses, 1950 – present, Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Herbarium Collection, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew


Herbarium, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

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Internet Directory for Botany

Reference Sources for the History of Gardening Timeline: A Research Bibliography

History of Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design Library, University of California, Berkeley

Guide to Sources in Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and University of California, Berkeley

Gardening and Mythology, Myth Encyclopedia

Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes – An International Quarterly


Publications of the Canada Department of Agriculture, 1867-1974

The Prairie Garden, Winnipeg

Canadian Encyclopedia, historic gardens

Parks Canada, Standards and guidelines for the conservation of historic places in Canada


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.


Gleanings in Old Garden Literature, by Hazlitt, William Carew. London: Elliot Stock, 1887.

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

My garden, its plan and culture together with a general description of its geology, botany, and natural history, by Smee, Alfred. London, Bell and Daldy, 1872.

English Houses & Gardens in the 17th and 18th Centuries; A series of bird’s eye views reproduced from contemporary engravings by Kip, Badeslade, Harris and others, by Macartney, Mervyn E. London: Batsford, 1908.

Gardens in the making, by Godfrey, Walter Hindes. [London]: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., [1914].

The Art and Practice of Landscape Gardening, by Milner, Henry Ernest. London: H. E. Milner. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1890.

Stories of the Land: Nature and Religion in Early British and Irish Literary Landscapes, by Alfred K. Siewers. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.


Italian Villas and Their Gardens, by Wharton, Edith. New York: Century Co., 1904.

United States

The art and politics of park planning and preservation, 1920-1979: oral history transcript and related material, 1978-1980, by Collins, George L.

Landscape and Urban Planning Journal

The Society for Landscape Studies Journal

Horizon Books – Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on horticulture, gardening, garden history

Journal of Landscape Architecture

Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 [USA], Library of Congress

Evaluating a Designed Historic Landscape for the National Register of Historic Places, USA National Park Service bulletin

English Garden History, Western Gardening, and Creating and Editing Pacific Horticulture: oral history transcript, by Waters, W. George. 2000.

Landscape Garden Series, by Root, Ralph Rodney. Davenport, IA: The Garden Press, [1921]. I. History and design, by R.R. Root.  III. Planting the home grounds, by N.P. Hollister. IV. Plants for the home grounds, by N.P. Hollister. V. Planting and maintenance, by C.H. Lawrence. VI. Construction, architectural features, by L.W. Ramsey. VII. Garden design, by R.R. Root. VIII. Beauty in the vegetable garden, by L.W. Ramsey. IX. Country estates, by R.R. Root. X. The home and the city, by L.W. Ramsey

A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, adapted to North America: with a view to improvement of country residences…; with remarks on rural architecture, by Downing, Andrew Jackson. New York: A.O. Moore & Co., 1859.

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.

Ornamental Gardening for Americans: A treatise on beautifying homes, rural districts, towns & cemeteries, by Long, Elias A. New York: Orange Judd Company, [c1884].

The Practical Book of Garden Architecture, by Humphreys, Phebe Westcott, Mrs. Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1914.

Landscape Architecture, as applied to the wants of the West: with an essay on forest planting on the Great Plains, by Cleveland, Horace William Shaler. Chicago: Jansen, McClurg & Co., 1873.

An Introduction to the Study of Landscape Design by Hubbard, Henry Vincent. New York: The Macmillan Company, ca. 1929.

The Small Place: Its landscape architecture, by Rehmann, Elsa. New York, London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1918.

Historic Landscapes, Pennsylvania Architectural Field Guide, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

Historic Landscapes, Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, New York State

Embodied knowledge of landscape: accommodating ongoing subjective experience in the presentation of heritage landscape, by Sonal Mithal Sumeshkumar Modi. Dissertation (Ph.D.) – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2015.

Landscapes past & urban design: The case of Chouteau’s Pond in St. Louis, by John Robert Whalen. MAL thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015.

Intersections of community, traditional knowledge, and place: a park design for the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, by Nathan F. Stout. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011.

Clayville Rural Life Center and Museum – Publications Series I – Living History Resource List #14: The Historic Landscapes of the Midwest: Materials for Determining Their Appearances over Time, and for Preserving and Reconstructing Them. Clayville Rural Life Center and Museum, Sangamon State University, 1981.


Landscape and food in contemporary Thailand: gathering as cultural practice, by Lassamon Maitreemit. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014.


Vision, movement and landscape experience in Princely Town Amber, India , by Neha Rajora. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013.


Comparing Bifa ji and Linquan gaozhi: Shifts in art writings about landscape in the five dynasties and Northern Song periods, by Mengchen Huang. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013.