From the Library

About the Library

The Julia Appleton Cross Horticultural Reference Library contains over 2,500 books on a wide range of horticultural subjects.

As a member of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, you may borrow books for a period of 2 weeks. If the books are not returned on time, an OVERDUE fee of $1.00 per week is charged. You may borrow as many as 3 books at a time. If a book is lost, the cost of its replacement plus a $10 handling fee will be charged to the borrower.

To borrow a book, send the title and author to Margery Ennist at at any time.

Books may be picked up and returned on weekends ONLY. Pick your book(s) up at the Front Desk of the Haggerty Education Center from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Please return book(s) to the same.

Click here to go to the On-Line Card Catalog

If you wish to use the library for reference purposes, please email Margery Ennist The library also serves as office space for staff and has no official "hours." We will work to accommodate your needs.

Garden Lovers Book Club

Did you know the Arboretum has a horticultural library and as a member you are entitled to check out books? And, there is a group of interested gardeners that meet once a month on a Monday afternoon at 1pm to share their love of gardening.

We read books, talk about garden trips (including showing photos), share garden successes and failures and generally increase our knowledge, exchange ideas and meet fellow gardeners.

Our plans for the future are to have a different theme each month with one member in charge of the subject and act as the commentator. The other members are encouraged to read books from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum library on the same subject for the meeting as we are a discussion group. If you are not able to get a book, but have an interest in the discussion topic(s) come anyway. We are certain that both you and we will benefit from the expanded membership even if you have not read a book on the subject.

If you think you might be interested in joining the group or finding out more details......please send an e-mail to Karen Curry at (

Book Reviews

Here are book reviews of volumes in our collection. Also take a look also at the column, the Virtual Gardener, a how-to for finding horticultural information via the computer.

Garden Destinations

There are several new books with beautiful photos and delightful descriptions of exceptional and unique gardens in the US as well as Europe and Mexico.

Gardens of America: Three centuries of design - written by Diane K. McGuire describes the historic development of garden design in American and contains excellent photos of Middleton Place, Vizcaya, Monticello and other American treasures. Unfortunately, there is no list of the gardens or index, however the descriptions of the gardens and the photos make up for any omissions.

Paraiso Maexicano: Gardens, Landscapes, and Mexican Soul - written by Marie-Pierre Colle, not only contains an excellent index and important list of gardens to visit, it also has breathtaking, centerfold photos of plants, sculptures and gardens as well as excellent descriptions of the garden spaces. This is a wonderful book!!!

Although Gardens of France‚ written by Anita Pereire and Gabrielle van Zuylen, was published in 1983, this volume contains wonderful descriptions of 32 famous gardens, their landscape designer, unique features of the gardens and their historic significance. There are numerous color and black and white photos and an excellent table of contents that lists the names of the gardens and an extensive index.

James Truscott has written an informative volume that describes 23 Private Gardens of Scotland, published in 1988. The book includes both color and black and white photos of castles and great homes that often belong to Scotland Trust and other trusts. Some of the gardens or parts of the gardens are open to the public. The table of contents lists the gardens and there is an extensive index.

Stately Gardens of Britain - written by Thomas Hinde in 1983, contains photos and informative descriptions of 24 of the best known gardens in the UK. There is a helpful table of contents, index as well as Garden Visitor‚Äôs Guide. Photos and descriptions of the history behind gardens such as Stourhead, Hidcote, Great Dixter and Chatsworth are included.

Adrianne Bendich