The Southern Garden History Society has been reviewing books about historic gardens and garden restoration since 1984 in its quarterly publication, Magnolia. Members have come to rely on our reviews for learning about books to add to their own libraries or to give as gifts.

We hope you enjoy browsing reviews of new books as we post them online. The reviews from the last three years are listed below in alphabetical order by author’s names. Links are provided to the reviews or mentions in In Print in Magnolia.


Adams, Denise Wiles and Burchfield, Laura: American Home Landscapes: A Design Guide to Creating Period Styles

In Print: Spring 2014



Beveridge, Charles E.; Meier, Lauren and Mills, Irene, editors: Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public Parks

In Print: Spring 2015


Brousse, Roxanne: The Public-Spirited Beatrix Farrand of Mount Desert Island

In Print: Fall-Winter 2016-2017

Buhler, Leslie L., editor: Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here
Review: Winter-Spring 2017

Burford, Tom: Apples of North America: 192 Exceptional Varieties for Gardeners, Growers, and Cooks

Review: Fall 2013


Clark, Ethne: An Infinity of Graces: Cecil Ross Pinsent, An English Architect in the Italian Landscape

Review: Summer 2013

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Cushing, Elizabeth Hope: Arthur A. Shurcliff: Design, Preservation, and the Creation of the Colonial Williamsburg Landscape

Review: Winter 2015


Darke, Rick and Tallamy, Douglas: The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden

In Print: Summer 2014



Davey, Charles and McMichael, Carol: Longue Vue House and Gardens: The Architecture, Interiors, and Gardens of New Orleans’ Most Celebrated Estate
Review: Fall 2015


Driggers, Bonnie S., editor: American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic

In Print: Spring 2014


Fraser, Susan M. and Sellers, Vanessa Bezemer, editors: FLORA ILLUSTRATA: Great Works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden

In Print: Fall 2014



Jordan, Jennifer A: Edible Memory: the Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods

In Print: Spring 2015

Kibler, James Everett Jr.: Taking Root: The Nature Writing of William and Adam Summer of Pomaria
Review: Spring-Summer 2017

Laird, Mark: A Natural History of English Gardening, 1650-1800

Review: Summer 2015

LeHoullier, Craig: Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of all Time

Notable Book: Spring 2015

Major, Judith K.: Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age

Review: Winter 2014

Marley, Anna O., editor: The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement

In Print: Fall 2014

McDowell, Marta: Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales

In Print: Spring 2014

Mellichamp, Larry: Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for the Garden, with photos by Will Stuart

In Print: Fall 2013


Parshall, Linda B.: Letters of a Dead Man, Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau

In Print: Fall-Winter 2016-17

Reinberger, Mark and Elizabeth McLean: The Philadelphia Country House: Architecture and Landscape in Colonial America
In print: Fall 2015

Robinson, Barbara Paul: Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener

In Print: Fall 2013

Schoelwer, Susan P., editor: The General in the Garden: George Washington’s landscape at Mount Vernon

In Print: Spring 2015

Seebohm, Caroline (author) and Curtice Taylor (photographer): Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens
In Print: Fall 2015

Van Beck, Sara L.: Daffodils in American Gardens, 1733-1940

In Print: Fall 2014



Wallace, Ira: The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

In Print: Fall 2013

Watters, Sam and Johnston, Frances Benjamin (Photographer): Gardens for a Beautiful America, 1895-1935: Photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston

Review: Winter 2013