Annual Literature Award >> Winners and Nominees >> 2021 Nominees

Nominees for the 2021 Annual Literature Award are:

[Current list]


PLEASE NOTE: The CBHL’s 53rd Annual Meeting will be a virtual meeting. Winner(s) for the Annual Literature Award will be announced during a special virtual session May 6, 2021, 6:00 to 7:30 pm ET


As long as grass grows: the indigenous fight for environmental justice, from colonization to Standing Rock

by Dina Gilio-Whitaker. Beacon Press, 2019.
ISBN| 9780807028360

Beth Chatto: A life with plants

by Catherine Horwood. Pimpernel Press, 2019.
ISBN | 9781910258828

Blooming flowers: a seasonal history of plants and people

by Kasia Boddy. Yale University Press, 2020.
ISBN| 9780300243338

Botanical art techniques: A comprehensive guide: Watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, vellum, pen and ink, egg tempera, oils, printmaking, and more

by American Society of Botanical Artists, ed. by Carol Woodin and Robin A. Jess. Timber Press, 2020.
ISBN| 9781604697902

The botanical city: A busy person’s guide to the wondrous plants you can find, eat and grow in the city

by Hélèna Dove and Harry Adès. Hoxton Mini Press, 2020.
ISBN| 9781910566794

A curious garden of herbs: Culinary, medicinal, cordial, and amusing; of the Eighteenth-Century Southern Frontier

by Kay K. Moss and Suzanne S. Simmons. The University of Georgia Press, 2020.
ISBN| 9780820357829

The Earth in her hands: 75 extraordinary women

by Jennifer Jewell. Timber Press, 2020.
ISBN |9781604699029

Entangled life: How fungi make our worlds, change our minds & shape our futures

by Merlin Sheldrake. Random House, 2020.
ISBN| 9780525510314

Feasting wild: In search last untamed food

by Gina Rae La Cerva. Greystone Books, 2020.
ISBN| 9781771645331

Field guide to the flora of the San Gabriel Mountains

by Orlando Mistretta. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 2020. (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Occasional Publications)
ISBN| 9780960580859

Finding solace in the soil: an archaeology of gardens and gardeners at Amache

by Bonnie J. Clark. University Press of Colorado, 2020.
ISBN| 9781646420926

Flower: Exploring the World of Bloom.

Phaidon, 2020.
ISBN| 9781838660857

The garden of vegan: How plants can save the animals, the planet and our health

by Cleve West. Pimpernel Press, 2020
ISBN| 9781910258477

Gardening with drought-friendly plants

by Tony Hall. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2020.
ISBN| 9781842467091

Glass flowers: Marvels of Art and Science

by Jennifer Brown, Scott E. Fulton and Donald H. Pfister;(photogr. by) Natalja Kent. Scala Arts Publishers, (in association with) Harvard University Herbaria, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, 2020.
ISBN| 9781785512247

Grasses, sedges, rushes: An identification guide

by Lauren Brown and Ted Elliman. Yale University Press, 2020.
ISBN| 9780300236774

Growing weed in the garden: A no-fuss, seed-to-stash guide to outdoor cannabis cultivation

by Johanna Silver. Abrams, 2020.
ISBN| 9781419742767

Herbarium: The quest to preserve & classify the world’s plants

by Barbara Thiers. Timber Press, 2020.
ISBN| 9781604699302

Iwigara: American Indian ethnobotanical traditions and science

by Enrique Salmon. Timber Press, 2020.
ISBN| 9781604698800

Kengo Kuma: Portland Japanese Garden

by Botond Bognar and Balazs Bognar. Rizzoli Electa, 2019.
ISBN| 9780847864669

Lost feast: culinary extinction

by Lenore Newman. ECW Press, 2019.

Youth Literature A map into the world

by Kao Kalia Yang, (ill. by) Seo Kim. Carolrhoda Books, 2019.

ISBN | 9781541538368

Youth Literature My forest is green

by Darren Lebeuf and Ashley Barron. Kids Can Press, 2019.

ISBN | 9781771389303

Palace of palms: tropical dreams and the making of Kew

by Kate Teltscher. Picador, 2020.
ISBN| 9781529004854

The planter of modern life: Louis Bromfield and the seeds of a food revolution

by Stephen Heyman. W.W. Norton & Company, 2020.
ISBN| 9781324001898

Plants go to war: A botanical history of World War II

by Judith Sumner. McFarland and Company, 2019.
ISBN| 9781476676128

Pollination: The enduring relations between plant and pollinator

by Timothy Walker. Princeton University Press, 2020.
ISBN| 9780691203751

Public gardens and livable cities: partnerships connecting people, plants, and place

by Donald A. Rakow, Meghan Z. Gough and Sharon A. Lee. Cornell University Press, 2020.
ISBN| 9781501702594

Rare plants: 40 of the rarest and endangered

by Ed Ikin. Welbeck in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2020.
ISBN | 9780233006239

Remarkable Trees

by Christina Harrison. Thames & Hudson; (in association with the) Royal Botanic Gardens. Kew, 2019.
ISBN| 9780500021927

Spirited Stone: lessons from Kubota’s Garden

by Gemina Garland-Lewis. Chin Music Press, 2019.
ISBN| 9781634059756

The Wardian Case: how a simple box moved plants and changed the world

by Luke Keogh. University of Chicago Press & Kew Publishing, 2020.
ISBN| 9781842467190

The well-gardened mind: The restorative power of nature

by Sue Stuart-Smith. Scribner, 2020.
ISBN| 9781476794464

Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast

by Laura Mansberg Cotterman, Damon Edward Waitt and Alan S. Weakley. Timber Press, 2019.
ISBN| 9781604697605

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