Books for Garden Week

Monte Burch

The popular author of Building Small Barns, Sheds, and Shelters and other build-it-yourself titles now offers a book filled with simple, inexpensive ways to build many items featured at much higher prices in garden supply shops and catalogs. Includes step-by-step instructions, plus sections on selecting materials and tools.

Virginia and Lee McAlester

The guide that enables you to identify, and place in their historic and architectural contexts, the houses you see in your neighborhood or in your travels across America. 17th century to the present.

Margaret Parke

This book expands the traditional notion of the cutting garden and shows how any part of the garden landscape can provide a wealth of fresh flowers and foliage for glorious year-round arrangements. Plant lists, suggested reading and bibliography, sources.

Alistair Morris

A perfect book for those who enjoy old and eclectic gardens. The Antique Collectors' Club details the large garden pieces, such as fountains and gazebos, as well as fascinating, old-fashioned gardening implements.

Audrey Noel Hume

Gardening meets archaeology in this publication from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Available to read in our Virginiana Room at the Headquarters branch.

Laura Simon

A modern gardener/historical romance novelist combines her thoughts on creating a thriving garden with Jefferson's own writings on the subject to craft a dialogue between avid horticulturalists, past and present. Also available on audio.

Edwina von Gal

These fresh arrangements from unexpected sources have a minimalistic flair.

Clare Matthews

A comprehensive do-it-yourself guide to the use of pattern and mosaic in the garden, this book includes more than 20 stylish projects that make use of a variety of materials, from traditional polished stone to broken glass.

Richard Cheek
The Garden Club of Virginia presents a photographic tour of some of the finest gardens in the state.
Marina Harrison

A perfect companion for travel planning! Find lovely public gardens that will please a wide variety of tastes.

May Brawley Hill

The first serious study of traditional American perennial gardens, which attained great popularity in the years between the Civil War and World War I, this abundantly illustrated volume explores this old-fashioned garden style--frequently referred to as "grandmother's garden"--as seen in small towns, artists' colonies and craft villages, mining towns, and settlements on the Western frontier.


Dorothy Hunt Williams

Read about some of the many historic sites that the Garden Club of Virginia has preserved through the years.

H. Peter Loewer

Noted plantsman Peter Loewer profiles Thomas Jefferson as gardener and landscape architect, focusing on the gardens at Monticello, with descriptions of the annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines that Jefferson grew. Insights on each plant from Jefferson, the writers he admired, and those who admired him are combined with Loewer's unique perspective, gardening hints, and stunning line drawings.

Liz Druitt

The older roses feature an emphasis on fragrance rather than shape, making them the choice for the sweetest perfumes and potpourri.  Their heritage can become a unique and historic part of your garden.

Marcianne Miller

The 25 project span the range from rustic trellis to formal arbor.

Garvey Winegar

A guide to the botanical gardens and natural areas of the Old Dominion.

Emmie Ferguson Farrar

The James River Plantation Houses hold a unique place in the state's history.  Part of a series, Old Virginia Houses.

Elvin McDonald

Quiet moments on the porch, family picnics on the deck, cool dips in the backyard pool--outdoor living can be the best living there is. Now the Editors of House Beautiful magazine show how to extend "the good life" into one's outdoor space with design elements such as plants, pools, and garden structures.

Betterway Books

Easy-to-follow guidelines teach readers how to assess their current space then choose the best design and features for their needs. Following that are step by step instructions for building structures, planting beds, laying paths and installing special features such as lighting or fountains.

Peter J. Hatch

The story of the restoration of Jefferson's fruit trees is brought to life by the horticulturalist's recollections and period illustrations from Andrew Jackson Downing's Fruit Trees of America (1845), and pages from Jefferson's original orchard plans.

M. Kent Brinkley

"The authors present the history of gardening on twenty sites at Colonial Williamsburg, focusing on the eighteenth-century gardeners who planted them and the documentary and archaeological research that guided each garden's re-creation. Detailed plans and captivating photographs identify the plantings and show modern gardeners ways to enjoy the beauty of colonial gardens in their own yards."

Catherine Mason

An aid to designing beautiful and traditional knot gardens, window boxes, paths, and walls. Includes a guide to 50 of the most popular herbs.

Peter Martin

A scholarly look back at gardens of the past. Gardeners recorded their efforts from the settlement of Jamestown on. Both Jefferson and Washington were avid horticulturalists and left detailed note of their plants.

Mac Griswold

For both gardeners and early American history buffs, this book documents the unknown George Washington: landscaper, farmer, and gardener of Mount Vernon.

Roger Foley

Over 117 pages of brilliant photos explore the glorious formal and informal gardens of Williamsburg.