For more than 15 years, 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. 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. This year’s five recipients, published in 2014, are:
• Apples of Uncommon Character by Rowan Jacobsen (Bloomsbury)
• Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden by Jessica Walliser (Timber Press)
• Flora Ilustrata edited by Susan M. Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers (Yale University Press and New York Botanical Garden)
• The Market Gardener by Jean-Martin Fortier (New Society Publishers)
• Weeds of North America by Richard Dickinson and France Royer (University of Chicago Press)
The 2015 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; Doug Oster, a garden columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and radio personality based in Pennsylvania; Marty Wingate, a garden writer and speaker in Seattle, Washington; and Anne Marie Van Nest, a garden communicator in Austin, Texas.
The 2015 Book Awards will be presented on Thursday, June 4 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, click here.