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Cultivating Canadian Gardens: A History of Gardening in Canada

Planting the Seeds
Cultivating the Garden
The Cultivators
Reaping the Harvest
Photos by Beth Powning
Other Gardening Sites


Following is a selected list of recent books most of which are still available in bookstores and libraries and which are included in the exhibition "Cultivating Canadian gardens" (in the order in which they were exhibited):

Planting the Seeds

Relations des Jésuites, 1611-1672. Montréal: Éditions du Jour, 1972, Tome 2.

Trigger, Bruce. The Huron: Farmers of the North. Fort Worth, Texas: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.

Aboriginal Resource Use in Canada: Historical and Legal Aspects. ed. Kerry Abel and Jean Friesen. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 1991.

Turner, Nancy J. Food Plants of Coastal First Peoples. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1995.

Traill, Catharine Parr. The Backwoods of Canada: Being Letters from the Wife of an Emigrant Officer, Illustrative of the Domestic Economy of British America. London: Knight, 1836. (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1989)

Traill, Catharine Parr. The Canadian Settler's Guide. 1855. (Vancouver: Alcuin, 1975)

Gagnon-Pratte, France. L'Architecture et la nature à Québec au dix-neuvième siècle: Les Villas. Québec: Musée du Québec, 1980.

von Baeyer, Edwinna and Pleasance Crawford, eds. Garden Voices: Two Centuries of Canadian Garden Writing. Toronto: Random House Canada, 1995.

Cultivating the Garden

Mather, Jan. Designing Alberta Gardens. Red Deer, Alta.: Red Deer College, 1994.

Smith, Helen; photography by Mary Bramley. Ottawa's Farm: A History of the Central Experimental Farm. Burnstown, Ont.: General Store Publishing House, 1996.

Deschènes, Gaétan. Histoire de l'horticulture au Québec. Saint-Laurent, Québec: Trécarré, 1996.

McDonald, Stuart Edward. Memories of a Family Business: Kenneth McDonald and Sons, Limited, Ottawa, Ontario, Seedsmen and Nurserymen 1876-1966. Ottawa: Historical Society of Ottawa, 1993.

Mia et Klaus. Le Jardin botanique de Montréal. Montréal: Éditions de l'Homme, 1994.

Track, Norman S. Canada's Royal Garden: Portraits and Reflections. Toronto: Viking, 1994.

The Cultivators

Prieur, Benoît. Guide des beaux jardins du Québec. La Prairie, Québec: Broquet, 1992.

Martin, Paul-Louis and Pierre Morisett. Promenades dans les jardins anciens du Québec. Montréal: Boréal, 1996.

von Baeyer, Edwinna. Garden of Dreams: Kingsmere and Mackenzie King. Toronto: Dundurn, 1990.

Smith, N.E.M. A Heritage Garden for Your Ottawa House. Ottawa: Department of Recreation and Culture, 1990.

1998 Historical Calendar: The Butchart Gardens/The Butchart Gardens 1998 Calendar. Vancouver: Artery, 1997.

Keswick, Maggie. In a Chinese Garden: The Art and Architecture of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Vancouver: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden Society, 1990.

Reaping the Harvest

Lima, Patrick. The Harrowsmith Perennial Garden. Camden East, Ont.: Camden House, 1981.

Bennett, Jennifer. The Harrowsmith Northern Gardener. Camden East, Ont.: Camden, 1989.

Bennett, Jennifer, ed. Ground Covers. Camden East, Ont.: Camden, 1987.

Archibald, David and Mary Patton, eds. Water Gardens. Camden East, Ont.: Camden/Telemedia, 1990.

Harris, Marjorie. Ecological Gardening: Your Path to a Healthy Garden. Toronto: Random, 1991.

Harris, Marjorie. Favorite Flowering Shrubs. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1994.

Prieur, Benoît. Guide du potager. Montréal: Éditions de l'Homme, 1995.

Hole Lois. Tomato Favorites. Edmonton: Lone Pine, 1996.

Cullen, Mark. The All Seasons Gardener. Toronto: Viking, 1995.

von Baeyer, Edwinna. A Selected Bibliography for Garden History in Canada. Ottawa: Environment Canada, 1987 (available in French as well).

Van Wart, ed. Elizabeth's Garden: Elizabeth Smart on the Art of Gardening. Toronto: Coach House, 1989.

Chambers, Douglas. Stonyground: The Making of a Canadian Garden. Toronto: Knopf, 1996.

Keeble, Midge Ellis. Tottering in My Garden: A Gardener's Memoir. Camden East, Ont.: Camden House, 1989.

Bradbury, Elspeth and Judy Maddocks. The Garden Letters. Vancouver: Polestar, 1995.

Norris, John. John's Garden. New Denver, B.C.: Twa Corbies, 1997.

Eaton, Nicole and Hilary Weston, photographs by Freeman Patterson. In a Canadian Garden. Markham, Ont.: Viking, 1989.

Hébert, Anne. Le Premier jardin. Paris: Du Seuil, 1988.

Kennedy, Des. The Garden Club and the Kumquat Campaign. Vancouver: Whitecap, 1996.

Shields, Carol. The Stone Diaries. Toronto: Random, 1993.

Pond, Judith. An Early Day. Ottawa: Oberon, 1989.

Melhorn-Boe, Lisa and Lorna Crozier. The Sex Lives of Vegetables. North Bay, Ont.: Transformer, 1990.

Powning, Beth. Seeds of Another Summer: Finding the Spirit of 1996. Toronto: Penguin, 1996.

Michel, Mère. Le Jardin de fleurs. Laval, Québec: Saint-Jean, 1991.

Johnson, Lorraine. The Ontario Naturalized Garden: The Complete Guide to Using Native Plants. Vancouver: Whitecap, 1995.

Toop, Edgar W. Annuals for the Prairies. Edmonton: Lone Pine, 1993.

Tarrant, David. David Tarrant's Pacific Gardening Guide. Vancouver: Whitecap, 1990.

Dion, André. Les Jardins d'oiseaux: Quoi planter pour avoir des oiseaux en toute saison. Montréal: Brimar, 1988.

Fawcett, Brian. The Compact Garden Discovering the Pleasures of Planting in a Small Space. Camden East, Ont.: Camden House, 1992.

Kennedy, Des. Crazy about Gardening. Vancouver: Whitecap, 1994.

Kingsbury, Al. The Pumpkin King: Hobby to Business: Howard Dill and the Atlantic Giant. Hantsport, N.S.: Lancelot, 1992.

Savage, Candace. Get Growing: How the Earth Feeds Us. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1991.

Beauchamp-Richards, Huguette and Robert Richards. Jardinez avec le Professeur Scientifix: Des Expériences pour toutes les saisons. Sillery, Québec: Québec Science, 1982.

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