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Garden Book Award winners announced

March 9, 2012  By Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery

Mar. 9, 2012, Alexandria, VA — The American Horticultural Society (AHS) has announced the winners of the 2012 Garden Book Awards.

Each year, the AHS recognizes outstanding gardening books published in North America. 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 2011, are:

  • The Holistic Orchard by Michael Phillips (Chelsea Green Publishing)
  • Putting Down Roots by Marcia C. Carmichael (Wisconsin Historical Society Press)
  • Small Green Roofs by Nigel Dunnett, Dusty Gedge, John Little, & Edmund C. Snodgrass (Timber Press)
  • Writing the Garden by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers (David R. Godine, Publisher)
  • The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour (Storey Publishing)

The 2012 Book Award Committee was chaired by Susan Appleget Hurst, a garden communicator in Winterset, Iowa. Other committee members were:

  • Fiona Gilsenan, freelance garden writer and book editor based in the Pacific Northwest
  • Brandy Kuhl, head librarian at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture in San Francisco
  • Kathy LaLiberte, a 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
  • Greg Williams, producer of the HortIdeas newsletter in Gravel Switch, Ky.

The 2012 Book Awards will be presented June 7 during the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet at River Farm, the AHS’s national headquarters in Alexandria, Va. For more information about the awards visit

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