Horticultural Reference Library
horticulture reference library offers a collection of 800
books on a wide range of horticultural topics, with emphasis
on areas of interest to the home gardener. The library is
non-circulating and is staffed by volunteers. It is located
in the Main House.
Open to the public weekdays from 9:00AM to 12 noon.
New Book for our Library
The Marin Master Gardeners have kindly donated a copy of their
recently published book, Bay Area Gardening, Practical
Essays by Master Gardeners. Two years in the making, it
includes 66 articles from weekly columns written for the Marin
Independent Journal. The book offers answers to questions
about local conditions, emphasizing environmentally friendly
solutions, intelligent choices of plants to grow, wise use
of natural resources and reliance on a balanced ecology to
create healthy, sustainable gardens. It includes chapters on
garden design, climate, soil, seasonal gardening, flowers,
trees, propagation, weeds, pests, and local public and commercial
gardens to visit. Order online here;
proceeds will benefit their Master Gardeners program.
Our Library: Turn-of-the-Century Gardening
Take look at gardening in the past in these books at the Gamble
Garden reference library.
Garden, The Old-Fashioned American Garden 1865-1915, by
May Brawley Hill The author explores old-fashioned gardens
with paintings, photographs and writings from this period
when seed companies, nurseries and garden manuals proliferated.
Unlike estate gardens, this purely American design revealed
each gardeners personality and was popular by the turn of the century.
Flowers, A Guide to Using Old-Fashioned Species in Contemporary
Gardens, by Katherine Whiteside & Mick Hales
This gardening guide and picture book rediscovers the charms
of classics cultivated for over 100 years. Written for American
gardeners, more than forty flowering species are profiled
in botanical biographies and 150 photos.
Edwardian Garden, by David Ottewill
Beautifully illustrated, this book explores some of the finest
gardens of the period before World War I. Staid, geometric
Victorian landscapes gave way to picturesque gardens with
formal architectural features and imaginative touches, such
as pergolas, water gardens
and exotic species.
Jekyll on Gardening, edited by Penelope Hobhouse
Gertrude Jekyll, who turned to gardening late in life, wrote
15 books about gardening from 1899 to 1937. With an artists
eye for colors and textures, she revolutionized English landscape
gardening, eliminated massive staffs and emphasized native
plants. This is an anthology of some of her writings (five
more of her books are in the library).