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

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



Grant, Greg and Welch, William: The Rose Rustlers
Review: Summer-Fall 2017


Ives, Colta: Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence
Review: Summer 2018

Jordan, Jennifer A: Edible Memory: the Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods
In Print: Spring 2015

Johnson, Victoria: American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
In Print: Summer 2018

Karson, Robin; Brown, Jane Roy; Allabeck, Sarah, editors: Warren H. Manning: Landscape Architect and
Environmental Planner
Review: Winter-Spring 2017-2018

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

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