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September 2018 Vol. 56 No. 1

David R. Godine, Publisher

The following review appeared in the September 2018 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Science & Technology
Biology - Botany

Robinson, Barbara Paul. Heroes of horticulture: Americans who transformed the landscape. David R. Godine, 2018. 269p bibl index ISBN 9781567926149, $40.00.

Robinson, an accomplished amateur horticulturalist, presents a volume on the contributions of 18 notable American garden designers, botanists, institution builders, and nurserymen. Institutions examined include the Garden Conservancy; 3 of the 18 figures profiled in this book worked to create this national organization, which is responsible for the preservation of many exceptional American gardens. The Garden Conservancy founders' relatively little-known contributions to horticulture are well worth describing. The efforts of 2 profiled figures have led to the restoration and revival of such famous sites as Central Park in New York City. Garden institutions such as the New York and Brooklyn botanical gardens have also benefited greatly from the enthusiasm and support of several dedicated individuals whose contributions this book chronicles. Nurserymen, plant explorers, and special garden creators round out the notable 18. Copiously illustrated and engagingly written, this book is a delight to read and brings much-deserved attention to a group of garden heroes.

--L. G. Kavaljian, California State University, Sacramento

Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.