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Last updated: 4/10/07

What’s New:
Lobby Display:
How does a garden grow?

With much more than just silver bells and cockle shells! If you want your garden to thrive this year, check out the display in the University Library lobby.

Youll find information on every aspect of gardening from planning to planting, tips & techniques, and much more. There are books, periodicals, and websites, as well as information about the URI Cooperative Extension Services Master Gardener Program.

2004 Home Garden, Plant and Flower Garden Dictionary
April 5, 2007


Search in the HELIN Catalog, using these suggested Subject Headings to locate a wealth of good books:

  • gardening
  • gardens
  • greenhouses
  • horticulture
  • landscape
  • gardening
  • organic gardening
  • ornamental horticulture
  • plant propagation
  • pruning
  • vegetable gardening

Recommendations from the Reference Collection:

American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
Ref SB403.2 A45 1997

  • Covers cultivation, propagation, optimal climate, and soil conditions for each plant.

American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening
Ref SB450.95 A45 2003

  • Very good source for information on garden planning, tools, equipment, soil, greenhouses, methods, and techniques.

Herbaceous Perennial Plants, 2nd ed. 1997
Armitage, Allan M.
Ref SB434 A76

  • Brief but good information on planting techniques, soil types, and more.

Hortus Third
Bailey, Liberty Hyde and Ethel Zoe Bailey, compilers
Ref SB45 B22 1976

  • This is the classic reference work for the cultivation of garden plants.

Ball Red Book, 16th ed.
Ref SB405 B254 1998

  • This guide contains a wealth of information and advice on cultivating each plant covered, especially for the nurseryman and flower shop owner. It is a classic.

Americas Garden Book
Bush-Brown, Louise, and James Bush-Brown
Ref SB453 B9 1996

  • Written with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Good advice on garden planning, plant selection and methods.

Complete Encyclopedia of Garden Flowers
Ref SB403.2 C65 2003

  • Lists characteristics of each plant, including frost tolerance and hardiness zone.

New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture
Everett, Thomas H.
Ref SB317.58 E94

  • With ten volumes, this is one of the most complete encyclopedias; has full information on every plant.

Landscape Plants for Eastern North America
Flint, Harrison L.
Ref SB435.5 F56 1997

  • All growing conditions climate, soil, planting time, and more covered for each plant.

Hillier Manual of Trees and Shrubs
Ref SB435 H54 2002

  • Dictionary format covers 1500 species, with very brief entries.

Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations
Lord, Tony
Ref SB454.3 C64 L67

  • Fully illustrated with color photographs, this is a visual guide to garden planning.

Ball Perennial Manual: Propagation and Production
Nav, Jim
Ref SB 434 N37 1996

  • For each plant: description, propagation, growth, varieties, uses, and more.

A New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening
Ref SB450.95 D53 1992

  • In four volumes; a full entry on each genus, with complete cultivation information, and brief descriptions of the species under each genus.

Rodale's All New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
Ref SB453.5 R633 1992

  • Very good practical guide to all aspects of organic gardening.

Taylors Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
Ref SB403.2 T39

  • Arranged alphabetically. Very good illustrations and a How to Grow paragraph for each plant.

Articles from magazines and journals:
To find gardening articles in journals and magazines, search in these recommended Reference Databases. Suggested searches: enter the common or scientific name of the plant, plus additional terms such as pruning, propagation, cultivation, etc.

Academic Search Premier

  • Online, generally from mid 1990s to present, updated daily. Broad subject coverage. Many of the articles are available electronically in full text.

Biological and Agricultural Index Plus.

  • Online, 1983-present, updated daily. Covers about 300 major journals including ecology and wildlife biology. Good for scientific information and research.

Useful Web Sites:
Websites can also be good sources of information. No endorsement is intended or implied for any commercial components of these websites.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

  • Announcements of current events, gardening topics, library, gift shop, and more.


  • Gateway to plant societies, clubs and botanical gardens and retailers. Includes events calendar, shop, and more.

National Gardening Association : Gardening Resources

  • Includes articles, plant finder, weed library, how-to projects, pest control library, and news.

United States National Arboretum

  • Information on horticulture, educational opportunities, and the Arboretum master plan.

The WWW Virtual Library: Garden Links

  • Major gateway to additional websites, including general gardening & horticultural sites, US & international sites, botanical gardens, glossary of terms, and much more.

Compiled by:
Larry Kelland & Kate Cheromcha, Reference Librarians
Reference Unit, University Library

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