The Elizabeth F. Gamble Horticultural Library is a non-circulating reference library for use on-site by the public, volunteers, and horticultural staff. We are thrilled to share it with you!
To use: The collection is available in the Gamble Garden Main House during open hours 9am-2pm. Click below to access library titles through our online catalog. You may search the catalog via your laptop or iPhone at the library; or, search it from home before you visit.
Type in search words for author, title or subject and click the appropriate button. If you are not sure of the exact title or subject, type in a word or two and search both files. Press a highlighted (blue) title to see the Item’s detail page which might give more searching ideas.
Note: the catalog is not forgiving of misspellings and the search help button does not apply to Gamble.
Books are arranged in the library by an alphabetical call number system, a common classification used in colleges and specialized libraries, which is sorted by letter first and then by number. For example, QL464 comes before SB419 which is followed by SB450.
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NEW ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY
California Garden Tour: the 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State, By Donald Olson. To find it in the library, look for: SB466.U65 OLS 2017
Highlights public gardens through out the state in an easy-to-use format with essentials (location, hours, admission cost) and evocative descriptions of each garden with color photos.
Garden Photography Workshop: Expert tips and Techniques for Capturing the Essence of Your Garden. By Andrea Jones. To find it in the library, look for TR662 JON 2017
This book is a complete tutorial covering photography basics, equipment and techniques of addressing concerns such as lighting, weather, focus and composition.
Planting Design for Dry Gardens: Beautiful, Resilient Groundcovers for Terraces, Paved Areas, Gravel and Other Alternatives. By Olivier Flippi. To find it in the library, look for SB475.83 FIL 2016
This title describes low-level planting designs that are eco-friendly and beautiful, redefining the distinction between lawn and plant borders. The plant combinations can be used on terraces, paths, gravel beds and flower borders, as well as areas that are traditionally laid to lawn. Includes a plant directory that lists over 200 tough but beautiful dry garden plants and innovative maintenance techniques.
Private Gardens of the Bay Area. By Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner. Photographs by Marion Brenner. To find it in the library, look for SB466.U65 LOW 2017
Organized geographically starting with the Peninsula, moving north to San Francisco, crossing the Bay to Berkeley and Oakland, finishing in wine country, this book is a tour of 35 private gardens. It encompasses a range of micro-climates and a variety of plants. The authors describe the goals of each garden owner and the principles behind the design.
Succulents: the Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Designing and Growing 200 Easy Care Plants. By Robin Stockwell. To find it in the library, look for SB438 STO 2017
An “ultimate” guide indeed by a leading succulent expert & owner of Succulent Gardens near Watsonville! Stockwell gives advice on care and cultivation, identifies the easiest and most useful plants and inspires readers with ways to use these plants in garden designs, containers, step-by-step projects and much more.
Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms by Erin Benzakein with Julie Chai. Chronicle Books, 2017. To find it in the library, look for: SB 405 BEN 2017
The author is a “flower farmer” and shares her insights to plan a garden yourself with blooms that will grow and thrive. Features planting, cultivating and harvesting advice for more than 175 flower varieties along with tips to preserve their freshness and how-tis for bouquets, garlands
and wreaths. A winner of the American Horticultural Society 2018 Book Awards.
Gardening with Foliage First: 127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz. Timber Press, 2017. To find it in the library, look for: SB431c CHA 2017
With the right foliage, your garden could shine with color and texture year-round, even after floral blooms fade. The authors offer many combinations that start with intriguing foliage schemes, then layer the flowers, berries, bark and other finishing touches.
Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes by Piet Oudolf and Rick Darke. Timber Press, 2017. To find it in the library, look for: F128.65 OUD
Before it was reused, the High Line was an abandoned industrial rail area, above street level, overgrown with weeds. Today it is a cultural area, a walkway and a green sanctuary—a garden— in an urban setting. It has become a national model of reuse of blighted property. This book, filled with photographs, reveals a four-season garden, filled with native and exotic plants, drought tolerant perennials and grasses that thrive and spread in challenging circumstances. While it’s a NY City story, it is an inspirational model with designs that can apply anywhere, including the home garden.
A Manual of California Vegetation, 2nd Edition By John Sawyer, Todd Keeler-Wolf and Julie M. Evans. California Native Plant Society, 2009. To find it in the library, look for: QK149 SAW 2009
This guide to plant communities focuses on conserving both the individual species and the surrounding habitat. The classification system used in the first edition has now become widely accepted as the state standard. Includes plant descriptions, many vegetation maps, life history information, descriptions of regional variation, and more. Quite a tome!
Where on Earth: A Guide to Specialty Nurseries and Gardens in California, 5th edition by Demi Bowles Lathrop, Barbara Stevens, Nancy Conner. Heyday Books, 2017. To find it in the library, look for: SB118 CON 2017
In depth advice including detailed and up-to-date descriptions of 218 specialty nurseries and growers organized by geographic region, guidance on topics such as working with native plants, water-conserving practices and strategies for working with deer-resistant gardens.246 garden centers and horticultural organizations are listed.