Guide to the Research Collections
Entries in the Public Catalog under the subject of gardening are arranged chronologically. For example, under the heading "Gardening, to 1800" are works arranged by date of publication. The General Research and Humanities Division has had the primary collecting responsibility for this area, including the topic of landscape gardening (formerly the responsibility of the Art and Architecture Division); this topic is of first importance, including as it does most of the works on individual and historic gardens, along with similar specialized materials. Books of a general nature, most of them of interest to the amateur gardener, are maintained in the reference collection of the Main Reading Room. General works are available in the collections, dating from the sixteenth century and including such items as Nicolas de Bonnefons's Le iardinier françois
(1651) and works by Sir William Chambers and others. The Prints Division has a wealth of prints of gardens and flowers, although these are not arranged by subject but by the name of the artist or print maker.