2013 Book Awards
Alexandria, VA (March 21, 2013). Each year, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) recognizes 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 six recipients, published in 2012, are:
• The California Wildlife Habitat Garden by Nancy Bauer (University of California Press)
• A Guide to Bearded Irises by Kelly D. Norris (Timber Press)
• The Organic Seed Grower by John Navazio (Chelsea Green Publishing)
• “A Rich Spot of Earth” by Peter J. Hatch (Yale University Press and Thomas Jefferson Foundation)
• The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray (Chelsea Green Publishing)
• World’s Fair Gardens by Cathy Jean Maloney (University of Virginia Press)
The 2013 Book Award Committee was chaired by Susan Appleget Hurst, a garden communicator in Winterset, Iowa. Other committee members were Brandy Kuhl, head librarian at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture in San Francisco, California; Kathy LaLiberte, Vermont-based marketing consultant and garden writer previously with Gardener’s Supply; Rand B. Lee, a freelance writer and editor specializing in Southwest gardening, plant history, and cottage garden design; W. Gary Smith, an award-winning garden designer and author in Toronto, Canada; Greg Williams, producer of HortIdeas newsletter in Gravel Switch, Kentucky; and Marty Wingate, a garden writer and speaker based in Seattle, Washington.
The 2013 Book Awards will be presented on Thursday, June 6 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.ahs.org/awards.
# # #
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.