Cherokee Garden Library

This hand-colored copperplate engraving of a sunflower by Basilius Besler was published in his seminal work, Hortus Eystettensis, in 1613. One of few crops species that originated in North America, the name sunflower (Helianthus annus L.) comes from the Greek “helios” (sun) and “Anthos” (flower). Historically and today, sunflowers were grown for food, seeds, and oil. A sunflower head can produce up to 1,000 seeds!

Interested in gardening, landscape design, garden history, horticulture, floral design, botanical art, cultural landscapes, natural landscapes, and plant ecology?

Come see over 34,000 books, photographs, manuscripts, seed catalogs, and landscape drawings included in the Cherokee Garden Library collection.

These rare and valuable resources tell the story of horticulture and botanical history in the Southeastern United States and areas of influence throughout the world.

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Explore stories from the Cherokee Garden Library collection, including collection acquisitions, collection highlights, book conservation projects, garden history narratives, historic landscape documentation, programs, donor recognition, and more.

Fall 2022

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Our. Founding.

Founded by the Cherokee Garden Club in 1975, the Cherokee Garden Library is a member of the Southern Garden History Society and The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries.

Learn more about the founding of the Cherokee Garden Library.

For even more information about the Cherokee Garden Library, please contact Garden Library Director, Staci Catron, at 404.814.4046 or

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