2019 Annual Literature Award Winners

The CBHL 2019 Annual Literature Award

for a work that makes a significant contribution to the literature of botany or horticulture goes to:

Seeking Eden

Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens

by Staci Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy, University of Georgia Press, 2018.
488 p.
ISBN 9780820353005
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Award of Excellence in Botanical Art and Illustration

Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage
by Joseph Banks, with essays by Mel Gooding, David Mabberley, and Joseph Studholme, Thames & Hudson, 2017.
320 p.
ISBN 9780500022870

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Award of Excellence in Botany and Floras

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Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis

by Gerould Wilhelm and Laura Rericha, ill. by Mary Marguerite Lowther, Indiana Academy of Science, 2017.
xvii, 1371 p.
ISBN 9781883362157

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Award of Excellence in Gardening and Gardens

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History, new ed.
by William Woys Weaver, Voyageur Press, 2018.
480 p.
ISBN 9780760359921

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Award of Excellence in History

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Gardens of the Roman Empire
ed. by Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, Kathryn Gleason, Kim J. Hartswick, and Amina-Aicha Malek, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
653 p.
ISBN 97805218216122

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Award of Excellence in Children and Young Adult Literature

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science
by Joyce Sidman, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2018.
120, [23] p.; color illustrations.
ISBN 9780544717138

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Press release for all 2019 winners

See also: List of 2019 Nominees

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2018 Annual Literature Award Winners

The CBHL 2018 Annual Literature Award

for a work that makes a significant contribution to the literature of botany or horticulture goes to:

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The Illustrated History of Apples in the United States and Canada
Bussey, Daniel J.; ed. by Kent Whealy. Mount Horeb, WI: JAK KAW Press, 2016.
7 volumes (3,742 pages); 1,400 color illustrations.
ISBN: 9780998004808 ($320.00 US)
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Award of Excellence in Plant Identification & Field-Guides

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Chinese Medicinal Plants, Herbal Drugs and Substitutes: An Identification Guide
Leon, Christine and Lin Yu-Lin. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2017.

850 p.; 3,000 plates with colour illustrations; 1 map.
ISBN: 9781842463871 (£110)

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Award of Excellence in Gardening and Gardens

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Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution
Agrawal, Anurag. Princeton University Press, 2011. English language edition, Filbert Press, 2016.

296 p.; 37 color illus.; 35 line illus.
ISBN: 9780691166353 (hardcover) ($29.95 US)

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Award of Excellence in Children and Young Adult Literature

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Are We Pears Yet?
Paul, Miranda; illustrations by Carin Berger. Roaring Brook Press, 2017.

40 p.; color illustrations.
ISBN: 9781626723511 ($17.99 US)

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Press release for all 2018 winners

See also : List of 2018 Nominees

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2017 Annual Literature Award Winners

The CBHL 2017 Annual Literature Award

for a work that makes a significant contribution to the literature of botany or horticulture goes to:

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The Bauers – Joseph, Franz & Ferdinand: Masters of Botanical Illustration, An Illustrated Biography
Lack, Hans Walter. Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2015.
526 p.; 226 color illustrations.
ISBN: 9783791354897 ($85.00 US)
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Award of Excellence in Botanical Art and Illustration

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Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile
Gardner, Martin F., Paulina Hechenleitner Vega, and Josefina Hepp Castillo. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, 2015.

202 p.; 81 plates with colour illustrations; b/w distribution map.
ISBN: 9781906129989 (hardcover) (£200)

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Award of Excellence in Gardening

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Planting Design for Dry Gardens
Filippi, Olivier; translator Caroline Harbouri. Actes Sud, 2011. English language edition, Filbert Press, 2016.

240 p.; color illustrations.
ISBN: 9780993389207 (hardcover) ($55 US)

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Award of Excellence in Landscape Design and Architecture

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Phyto: Principles and Resources for Site Remediation and Landscape Design
Kennen, Kate and Niall Kirkwood. Routledge, 2015.

346 p.; color illustrations.
ISBN: 9780415814157 (paperback) ($57.95 US)

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Press release for all 2017 winners

See also : List of 2017 Nominees

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2016 Annual Literature Award Winners

The CBHL 2016 Annual Literature Award

for a work that makes a significant contribution to the literature of botany or horticulture goes to:

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The curious Mister Catesby: A “truly ingenious” naturalist explores new worlds
ed. for the Catesby Commemorative Trust by E. Charles Nelson and David J. Elliott ; foreword by Jane O. Waring. University of Georgia Press, 2015. (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)

456 p.; 238 paintings, illus., photos, and maps

ISBN-13: 9780820347264 (hardcover) ($49.99 US)

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Award of Excellence in Botany

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On the Forests of Tropical Asia
by Peter Ashton. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in association with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 2014

ix, 670 pages; col. photos, ill. & maps

ISBN 9781842464755 (hardcover) ($180 US)

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Award of Excellence in Plant Identification & Field-Guides

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California mushrooms: The comprehensive identification guide
by Dennis E. Desjardin, Michael G. Wood & Frederick A. Stevens. Timber Press, 2015

559 pages ; col. photos

ISBN 9781604693539 (hardcover) ($60.00 US)

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Award of Excellence in Biography

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James Sowerby: The Enlightenment’s natural historian
by Paul Henderson. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2015

336 pages; 150 color plates, 30 halftones

ISBN 9781842465967 (hardcover) ($66.00 US)

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2016 Press release for all winners

See also : List of 2016 Nominees

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2015 Annual Literature Award Winner

The CBHL 2015 Annual Literature Award

for a work that makes a significant contribution to the literature of botany or horticulture goes to:

Flora Illustrata

Flora Illustrata: Great works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden
ed. by Susan M. Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers. New York : New York Botanical Garden / New Haven, CT ; London : Yale University, 2014.

xxiii, 296 p.; 279 color and b&w illus.

ISBN-13: 9780300196627 (hardcover) ($50.00 US)

2015 Press release (PDF)
See also : List of 2015 Nominees

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2014 Annual Literature Award Winners

The CBHL 2014 Annual Literature Award

for a work that makes a significant contribution to the literature of botany or horticulture goes to:

Flora of Virginia

Flora of Virginia
by Alan S Weakley, J. Christopher Ludwig and John F. Townsend; edited by Bland Crowder, BRIT Press, 2012

1572 pp.; 1400 b/w figs.

ISBN-13: 978188987886 (hardcover) ($89.99 US)

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Award of Excellence in Horticulture

Victoria the seductress

Victoria the seductress:  A cultural and natural history of the world’s greatest water lily
Tomasz Anisko, Longwood Gardens, 2013

400 pages; 400 col. images & ill.

ISBN 9781935442226 (hardcover) ($69.99 US)

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Award of Excellence in History

Picturing the book of nature

Picturing the book of nature: Image, text, and argument in sixteenth-century human anatomy and medical botany
by Sachiko Kusukawa, The University of Chicago Press, 2012

352 pages ; 121 color plates, 16 halftones, 2 tables

ISBN 9780226465296 (hardcover) ($50.00 US)

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Award of Excellence in Biography

Andre Le Notre in perspectives

Andre Le Nôtre in perspective
Edited by Patricia Bouchenot-Dechin and Georges Farhat,  Editions Hazan, 2013

440 pages; 400 col. ill.

ISBN 9780300199390 (hardcover) ($51.50 US)

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2014 Press release (PDF)

See also : List of 2014 Nominees

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2013 Annual Literature Award  Winners

 General Interest category

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Gardens for a beautiful America 1895-1935

by Sam Watters  (Acanthus Press, 2012)

376 pages; 300 illustrations, incl. 250 plates and 3 gatefolds

ISBN 9780926494152 (hardcover) ($79.00 US)

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Technical category

Cover of the book Conifers of the World

Conifers around the world:  Conifers of the temperate zones and adjacent regions.

by Zsolt Debreczy and István Rácz ; edited by Kathy Musial  (DendroPress, 2011)

Two volumes, 1089 pages, more than 3700 color photographs

ISBN 9789632190617 (hardcover) (€ 195.00)

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2013 Press Release

See also : List of 2013 Nominees

See also: Past Winners & Nominees

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