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Adams, Denise Wiles, Restoring American Gardens: an encyclopedia of heirloom ornamental plants, 1640-1940, Portland, Timber Press, 2004
Becker, Robert, “The American Vegetable Seed Industry: A History”, HortScience 19 #5, Oct. 1984, 610, 772
Becker, Robert, “Vegetable Gardening in the U.S.: A History 1565-1900”, HortScience 19 #5, Oct. 1984, 624-629
Booth, William, A Catalogue of Kitchen Garden Seeds and Plants…Fruit Trees and Fruits, sold by William Booth, microfiche, New Canaan, CT, Readex Microprint 11x15 cm., Early American Imprints, Second Series 19589
Burr, Fearing Jr., The Field and Garden Vegetables of America, first published 1863, reprinted with a new preface by Kent Whealy and a new introduction by Robert F. Becker, American Horticultural Series, No. 1, The American Botanist, Booksellers, 1988
Christopher, Thomas, “Heirloom Seed Catalogs”, Horticulture, Dec. 1985, 24-27
Hadfield, Miles, A History of British Gardening, London, John Murray, 1979
Hadfield, Miles, Robert Harling and Leonie Highton, British Gardeners, A Biographical Dictionary, London, A Zwemmer Ltd/Condé Nast Publications Ltd., 1980
Harvey, John H., Early Gardening Catalogues, with complete reprints of lists and accounts of the 16th-19th centuries, London and Chichester, Phillimore, 1972
Harvey, John H., Early Horticultural Catalogues: A checklist of trade catalogues issued by firms of nurserymen and seedsmen in Great Britain and Ireland down to the year 1850, Bath, University of Bath Library, 1973
Harvey, John H., Early Nurserymen, with reprints of documents and lists, London, Phillimore, 1974
Hawthorn, Leslie R. and Leonard H. Pollard, Vegetable and Flower Seed Production, New York and Toronto, Blakiston, 1954
Hedrick, U. P., A History of Horticulture in America to 1860, New York, Oxford University Press, 1950
Helmreich, Anne, The English Garden and National Identity: The Competing Styles of Garden Design, 1870-1910, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2002
Henderson, Peter, Practical Floriculture, New York, Orange Judd & Co., 1869
Henrey, Blanche, British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800, London, New York, and Toronto, Oxford University Press, 1975
Higginbotham, Julie S. “Four Centuries of Planting and Progress: A History of the U.S. Nursery Industry”, American Nurseryman, June 15, 1990, 36-59
History of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society 1829-1878, Printed for the Society, Boston, 1880
Loewer, Peter, Seeds: The Definitive Guide to Growing, History & Lore, Timber Press, Portland and Cambridge, 1995
Martin, Tovah, Heirloom Flowers, London, Gaia Books Ltd., 1999
M’Mahon, A Catalogue of garden, grass, herb, flower, tree & shrub-seeds, flower-roots &c., &c., sold by Bernard M’Mahon, seedsman 1804?, microform, Readex Microprint 11x15 cm, Early American Imprints, Second Series 6698
M’Mahon A Catalogue of garden, herb, flower, tree, shrub & grass seeds, gardening, agricultural and botanical books, garden tools &c., sold by Bernard M’Mahon: who has likewise for sale, plants of above fifty varieties of the most superior English, Irish and Scotch gooseberries, Philadelphia, William Duane, 1810? (The microfiche says it is actually from 1805). microform, Readex Microprint, 11x15 cm, Early American Imprints, Second Series 20629
Nursery and Seed Catalogs: A directory of collections, Revised edition, Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York, 1990
Pavord, Anna, The Tulip, New York, Bloomsbury, 1999
Pennington, Susan J., Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens, Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press in Association with Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 2002
Prince, William, To be sold by Wm Prince at Flushing-Landing on Long Island near New-York, a large collection of fruit trees, as follows, microform, Readex Microprint 11x15 cm, Early American Imprints, First Series, 12206
Rice, Graham, The Sweet Pea Book, Portland, Timber Press, 2002
Roach, F. A., Cultivated Fruits of Britain: their origin and history, Oxford, Basil Blackwell Publisher Ltd., 1985
Ricker, Percy L. The Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Horticultural Magazine, Journal of the American Horticultural Society, Oct. 1944, 220-231
Roper, Elinor M. C., Seedtime, The History of Essex Seeds, Chichester, Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 1989
The Garden: A Celebration of One Thousand Years of British Gardening, The guide to the exhibition presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, New Perspectives Publishing, 1979
Schreider, Jack, “Retailing Renaissance”, American Nurseryman, June 15, 1990, 64-73
Scourse, Nicolette, The Victorians and their flowers, London & Canberra, Croom Helm and Portland, Timber Press, 1983
“Seed Trade in America before the ASTA,” Seed World, May 1983: 21-22
Shepard, Sue, Seeds of Fortune, New York, Bloomsbury, 2003
Sweerts, Emmanuel, Early Floral Engravings: All 110 Plates from the 1612 Florilegium, Edited by E. F. Bleiler, New York, Dover, 1976
Thick, Malcolm, “Garden Seeds in England before the late eighteenth century-II”, Agricultural History Review, 38, #2, 1990, 105-116
Thorburn, Grant, The Gentleman and Gardener’s Kalendar for the Middle States of North America, microform, Readex Microprint 11x15 cm, Early American Imprints Second Series 42288
Tice, Patricia M. Gardening in America, 1830-1910, (Exhibition Catalogue) Rochester, NY, Strong Museum, 1984
Tucker, David M. Kitchen Gardening in America: a history, Ames, Iowa State University Press, 1993
Van Ravenswaay, Charles, Drawn from Nature: The Botanical Art of Joseph Presetele and His Sons, Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, 198
Vilmorin-Andriex, The Vegetable Garden, English Edition, first published 1883, Berkeley, Ten Speed Press, 1997
Warner, Marjorie, “The Morins”, National Horticultural Magazine, 33, #3, 168-176
White, Katharine S., Onward and Upward in the Garden, North Point Press, 1997, first published 1979 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Willson, E. J. West London Nursery Gardens: the nursery gardens of Chelsea, Fulham, Hammersmith, Kensington and a part of Westminster, founded before 1900, The Fulham and Hammersmith Historical Society, Morganprint (Blackheath) Limited, Greenwich, 1982.

Primary Sources

B.K. Bliss’ Spring Catalogue and Amateur’s Guide to the Flower and Kitchen Garden, Twelfth Edition, Springfield, 1866 (National Agricultural Library)
B.K. Bliss & Son’s Autumn Catalogue and Floral Guide, Eighth Edition, New York and Springfield, 1867-8 (National Agricultural Library)
B.K. Bliss & Son’s Illustrated Spring Catalogue and Amateurs Guide to the Flower and Kitchen Garden, 1870, Sixteenth Annual Edition, 1870 (National Agricultural Library)
Bliss, Benjamin K., A Descriptive Catalogue of a Choice Collection of Flower, Vegetable and Agricultural Seeds, Eighth Annual Edition, Springfield, 1860 (National Agricultural Library)
Buist, Robert, The Family Kitchen Gardener, containing plain and accurate descriptions of all different species and varieties of culinary vegetables, New York, Riker, 1847 (OSU)
Bridgeman, Thomas, The Young Gardener’s Assistant, New York, for sale by the author, 1845 (OSU)
Hovey, C.M. and P.B. Hovey Jr., The American Gardeners Magazine and Register, Hovey & Co., Boston, 1835 (OSU)
Joseph Breck & Co., Annual Catalogue of the New England Agricultural Warehouse and Seed Store, Boston, 1838 (National Agricultural Library)
M’Mahon, The American Gardener’s Calendar, Philadelphia, B. Graves, 1806 (OSU)
Thorburn, Grant, Forty Years Residence in America or, The doctrine of a particular Providence exemplified in the life of Grant Thorburn, Boston, Russell etc., 1834, first edition (NY Public Library)
Thorburn, Grant, Life and Writings of Grant Thorburn, (1773-1863) Prepared by Himself, New York, E. Walker, 1852 (NY Public Library)