2016 Book Awards
Over the last two decades, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) has been recognizing outstanding gardening books published in North America with its annual Book Award. Books are judged by the AHS Book Award Committee on qualities such as writing style, authority, originality, accuracy, and design quality. This year’s five recipients, published in 2015, are:
- The Art of Gardening by the Chanticleer Gardeners and R. William Thomas (Timber Press)
- How Plants Work by Linda Chalker-Scott (Timber Press)
- Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West (Timber Press)
- The Seed Garden edited by Lee Buttala and Shanyn Siegel, with contributors Micaela Colley and Jared Zystro (Seed Savers Exchange)
- Seeing Seeds by Robert Llewellyn and Teri Dunn Chace (Timber Press)
The 2016 Book Award Committee was comprised of the following seven members: Jeff Cox, a garden communicator and designer in Sonoma County, California; Rita Hassert, a botanical librarian at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois; Susan Hines, a garden communicator in Hyattsville, Maryland; Jim Long, garden communicator and owner of Long Creek Nursery in Blue Eye, Missouri; Mary Ann Newcomer, a garden communicator in Boise, Idaho; Doug Oster, a garden columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and radio personality based in Pennsylvania; and Anne Marie Van Nest, a garden communicator and horticulturist in the Niagara Falls area of New York.
The 2016 Book Awards will be presented on Thursday, June 2 during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet at River Farm, the AHS’s national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information about the awards, visit www.ahsgardening.org/awards.
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The American Horticultural Society (AHS), founded in 1922, is an educational, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens. Its mission is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America’s diversity through the art and science of horticulture; and to lead this effort by sharing the Society’s unique national resources with all Americans.