The window to nominate titles opens each fall and remains open until the end of December. Nominations are no longer being accepted for books published in 2020. 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.
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.
To nominate a book, complete the online nomination form. (If nominating more than one book, a separate form must be completed for each.) Upon doing so, you will receive the list of AHS Book Award Committee members who must each receive a copy before the end of December. A copy also must be sent to the AHS Book Award Committee Liaison, whose address will be included with the committee’s contact information. The nomination will not be considered complete until these copies have been received.