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Botany, Gardening, and Horticulture in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Rare Books

Gardening and horticulture represented across centuries in the rare book collections, from the 16th to the 21st, with specific emphasis on fruit gardening and flower gardening. Many of these are spectacularly illustrated. To find related items, limit your scope to "Special Collections and Archives" and search garden*, horticultur, or foreign language terms such as jardin

The following is a partial list of some notable items related to gardening or horticulture in SCARC:

Austen, Ralph. A Treatise of Fruit-trees : Shewing the Manner of Grafting, Planting, Pruning and Ordering of Them in All Respects, According to New and Easy Rules of Experience : With Divers Divine, and Humane Arguments of the Dignity of Fruit-trees, and the Art of Planting ...With the Alimentall, and Physicall Use of Fruits : Also concerning Planting Fruit-trees in the Fields, and Hedges, without Hindrance of Any Present Profits : Of Cider and Perry, Liquors Found by Experience, Most Conducing to Health, and Long-life : Of Vineyards in England ... ; to Which May Be Annexed the Second Part, Viz. The Spirituall Use of an Orchard, or Garden...Oxford: Printed by Henry Hall, Printer to the University, for Thomas Robinson, 1657. SB356 .A8

Worlidge, JohnSystema Agriculturæ ; the Mystery of Husbandry Discovered : Treating of the Several New and Most Advantagious Ways of Tilling, Planting, Sowing, Manuring, Inproving of All Sorts of Gardens, Orchards, Meadows, Pastures, Corn-lands, Woods & Coppices. As Also of Fruits, Corn, Grain, Pulse ... With an Account of the Several Instruments ... To Which Is Added Kalendarum Rusticum: ... and Dictionarium Rusticum ... 4th Ed. Carefully Corr. and Amended. ed. London: Printed for Tho. Dring, at the Harrow, 1687.  SD419 .W6 1687 

Bradley, Richard. The Gentleman and Gardeners Kalendar, Directing What Is Necessary to Be Done Every Month in the Kitchen-garden, Fruit-garden, Nursery, Management of Forest-trees, Green-house and Flower-garden ... London: Printed for W. Mears, 1718. SB97 .B77 

Stafford, Hugh. Pomona, Or, The Fruit-garden Illustrated... London: Printed for G. Strahan in Cornhill; R. Gosling, W. Mears, F. Clay, D. Browne, B. Motte, and L. Gilliver, near Temple-Bar; J. Stagg in Westminster-Hall; J. Osborn, at Gray's-Inn Gate; and C. Davis in Pater-Noster-Row, 1728. SB361 .L3

Hill, John. Eden, Or, A Compleat Body of Gardening : Containing Plain and Familiar Directions for the Raising the Several Useful Products of a Garden, Fruits, Roots, and Herbage : From the Practice of the Most Successful Gardeners, and the Result of Long Experience : Together with the Culture of All Kinds of Flowers ... and the Knowledge of Curious Plants, after the System of Linnaeus : With Figures and Descriptions of the Flowers and Plants Proper for a Garden ... London: Printed for T. Osborne ... [and 3 Others], 1757. SB97 .H28 1757

Paxton, JosephPaxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants., 1834. QK1 .P23 

Hooker, William Jackson. Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 1845. QK1 .C8

Archival and Manuscript Collections

There are numerous archival and manuscript collections related to gardening and horticulture in SCARC. Most of these focus on research of OSU Department of Horticulture faculty and students. To view all of the related collections, search garden or horticulture in our collections database.

Horticulture Department Records, 1908-1994
The Horticulture Department Records document the teaching, research, and extension activities in horticulture at Oregon State University and consist primarily of correspondence, reports, and administrative records. Various horticultural topics are addressed including fruits and nuts; vegetable crops; nurseries and ornamental plants; greenhouses; Christmas trees; and weed control. The Horticulture Department was established in 1909.

Horticulture Department Photographs, 1900-1980
The Horticulture Department Photographs consist of images taken and assembled by horticulture faculty for teaching and research and depict a variety of horticultural topics as well as the Oregon Agricultural College campus. The Department of Horticulture and Botany was established in 1888; a separate Horticulture Department formed in 1909.

Oregon State Horticultural Society Records, 1890-1964
These records were generated and assembled by the Oregon State Horticultural Society and document the origins and development of the organization.

Melvin N. Westwood Papers, 1894-2005
The Melvin N. Westwood Papers consist of materials generated and collected by Westwood documenting his research on tree fruits (primarily pears, apples, prunes, and peaches), plant phenology and the history of horticulture in Oregon. Westwood was a faculty member in the Oregon State University Horticulture Department and Agricultural Experiment Station from 1960 to 1983.

William A. Frazier Papers, 1918-1996
The William A. Frazier Papers consist of records that document Frazier's career and activities pertaining to horticultural studies and instruction.

Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection, ca. 1860-present
The collection contains numerous files on horticulture activities, primarily in Box 88. 

Arthur G.B. Bouquet Collection, circa 1880-1993
Bouquet graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1906 and was a faculty member in the Oregon State College Horticulture Department from 1909 until his retirement in 1950.