From the Library
About the Library
The Julia Appleton Cross Horticultural Reference Library contains over 2,500 books on a wide range of horticultural subjects.
As a member of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, you may borrow books for a period of 2 weeks. If the books are not returned on time, an OVERDUE fee of $1.00 per week is charged. You may borrow as many as 3 books at a time. If a book is lost, the cost of its replacement plus a $10 handling fee will be charged to the borrower.
To borrow a book, send the title and author to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Books may be picked up and returned on weekends ONLY. Pick your book(s) up at the Front Desk of the Haggerty Education Center from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please return book(s) to te same.
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If you wish to use the library for reference purposes, please email Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticultural Education (email@example.com). The library also serves as office space for staff and has no official "hours." We will work to accommodate your needs.
Frelinghuysen Arboretum Book Club
Are you interested in reading about great gardens around the world? Would you like to discuss what you have learned from reading beautifully photographed and illustrated volumes from the Library’s excellent collection with others who share this interest? Have you visited interesting gardens and would you like to share your experiences and learn about more places to visit?
The plan is to meet once a month beginning on Monday, September 24 at 10:30 AM (until 12:00 PM at the latest) in the Frelinghuysen’s Library on the lower level of the Haggerty Education Center. Library Volunteer, Adrianne Bendich will lead the monthly meetings and suggest books for you to borrow.
Your Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum membership is all that is required to join and if you are not already a member, you can join on September 24 . If you plan to attend or have other questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are book reviews of volumes in our collection. Also take a look also at the column, the Virtual Gardener, a how-to for finding horticultural information via the computer.
There are several new books with beautiful photos and delightful descriptions of exceptional and unique gardens in the US as well as Europe and Mexico.
“Gardens of America: Three centuries of design”, written by Diane K. McGuire describes the historic development of garden design in American and contains excellent photos of Middleton Place, Vizcaya, Monticello and other American treasures. Unfortunately, there is no list of the gardens or index, however the descriptions of the gardens and the photos make up for any omissions.
”Paraiso Maexicano: Gardens, Landscapes, and Mexican Soul," written by Marie-Pierre Colle, not only contains an excellent index and important list of gardens to visit, it also has breathtaking, centerfold photos of plants, sculptures and gardens as well as excellent descriptions of the garden spaces. This is a wonderful book!!!
Although “Gardens of France”, written by Anita Pereire and Gabrielle van Zuylen, was published in 1983, this volume contains wonderful descriptions of 32 famous gardens, their landscape designer, unique features of the gardens and their historic significance. There are numerous color and black and white photos and an excellent table of contents that lists the names of the gardens and an extensive index.
James Truscott has written an informative volume that describes 23 “Private Gardens of Scotland”, published in 1988. The book includes both color and black and white photos of castles and great homes that often belong to Scotland Trust and other trusts. Some of the gardens or parts of the gardens are open to the public. The table of contents lists the gardens and there is an extensive index.
“Stately Gardens of Britain”, written by Thomas Hinde in 1983, contains photos and informative descriptions of 24 of the best known gardens in the UK. There is a helpful table of contents, index as well as Garden Visitor’s Guide. Photos and descriptions of the history behind gardens such as Stourhead, Hidcote, Great Dixter and Chatsworth are included.
Gardening in Deer Country
by Vincent Drzewucki, Jr.
For those who are busy and do not have much time to read, there are small books out there. The one I recommend is “Gardening in Deer Country” by Vincent Drzewucki, Jr. As the title denotes, this is a subject of interest.
How many of us have mourned the loss of hotsa, the favorite of deer. We could spray them with repellant, but with the rain this year it’s almost a futile task.
This book tells you what deer dislike. Also interesting facts about deer (15 million in U.S.). How to make the right selections of annuals, shrubs, perennials, trees, etc.? There are black & white drawings of plants, with hardiness zones (most seem to be NJ area), and concise descriptions of these plants, sun preference, bloom time, how deer react to them.
I have many of these plants in my garden, untouched by deer.