Tuesday, June 12, 2007

CBHL in Cincinnati!

I’ve just returned from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (a.k.a. CBHL) annual meeting. Hosted by the Lloyd Library and Museum along with the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, the annual meeting was a week long adventure into archives, preservation issues, special collections, digital resources and all things Cincinnati!

For me, one of the highlights of the meeting was the announcement of the CBHL Annual Literature Award.

The CBHL 2007 Annual Literature Award General Interest winner is Defiant gardens: making gardens in wartime by Kenneth Helphand published by Trinity University Press.

The CBHL 2007 Annual Literature Award Technical winner is A tropical garden flora : plant cultivated in the Hawaiian Islands and other tropical places by George Staples and Derral Herbst published by Bishop Museum Press.

These works were selected and honored because of their significance to the literature of horticulture and botany. I’m particularly pleased with the selection of Defiant gardens because I nominated the work for the honor. Within his book, Helphand breaks new ground in his exploration of gardens created during times of war. In the Sterling Morton Library, you’ll already find Defiant gardens on the shelf and A tropical garden flora will soon be joining our collection!

Stop by the Library and peruse these award winning books!

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