Cherokee Garden Library


Over 28,000 books, photographs, manuscripts, seed catalogs, and landscape drawings are included in the Cherokee Garden Library collection. These rare and valuable resources tell the story of American horticulture and botanical history in the Southeastern United States and areas of influence throughout America, Europe, and Asia.

The collection is accessible to anyone interested in exploring gardening, landscape design, garden history, floral design, botanical art, cultural landscapes, natural landscapes, and plant ecology. While the collection is a focal point, the Garden Library also attracts a community of people who enjoy the year-round calendar of lectures, exhibitions, tours, and collaborations with partner agencies.


Cherokee Garden Library Lecture: Lynden B. Miller, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 PM

"Make it gorgeous and they will come. Keep it that way and they will help." - Lynden B. Miller

Miller’s debut appearance in Atlanta will be based on her 2009 book, Parks, Plants, and People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape, winner of the 2010 American Horticultural Society Book Award. It chronicles over 25 years of experience and gives practical guidance on designing and maintaining public gardens as well as how to raise public and private funds to support them.

Her message resonates with park lovers, city planners, architects, landscape architects, civic leaders, and elected officials. She makes the case that “good parks make good cities” and argues that beautiful parks and gardens transform lives, encourage economic development, reduce crime, and change the ways people feel about their city.  “It’s about quality of life,” she says.  “In bad economic times it’s even more important that you keep your parks in good shape because people need them so much.”

Lead Sponsor:  The Cherokee Garden Club Community Fund.

Admission pricing for this lecture begins at $25. All lecture ticket purchases are nonrefundable. 

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Review garden surveys conducted through the Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative (GHLI) - a collaboration with the Garden Club of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the National Park Service.