2024 AHS Book Award Nominations


The American Horticultural Society honors outstanding garden-related books published in North America through its annual Book Award Program. Books are judged on qualities such as writing style, authority, accuracy, and physical quality. Because of this focus on the overall quality of the winning books, the award is presented jointly to the author and publisher of each book.

Nominations for the 2024 Book Awards (for books published in calendar year 2023) are now closed.  Information about nominations for 2025 Book Awards will be updated later in 2024.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominated books are judged not just on writing, but on overall quality including art (photography, illustration, and/or graphics), design, and quality of production. Up to five books will be chosen to receive the award each year. Publishers may nominate as many candidates as they wish, as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Book must be published in the current year.
  • Publisher must be based in North America.
  • Books must be original editions or have been significantly revised and updated.
  • Book authors must either reside principally in North America or their work must demonstrate familiarity with, and sensitivity to, gardening conditions, plant choices, and design aesthetics relevant to American gardeners.