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 33,000 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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Garden Citings Publication
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.
Past Virtual Talks. Watch Now.
Author TalksOlmsted’s Linear ParkTuesday, May 3, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cherokee Garden LibraryOlmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park IdeaWednesday, Apr 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Cherokee Garden LibraryThe Illumination of A Garden WriterWednesday, Oct 20, 2021 @ 10:00 am
Author TalksAuthor of To Heal and to Harm: Medicine, Knowledge, and Power in the Atlantic Slave TradeWednesday, Sep 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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 email@example.com.
Melissa Furniss Wright
Elaine Hazleton Bolton
Helen Mattox Bost
Adelaide Ward Burton
Laura Rains Draper
Ginger Dixon Fasy
May B. Hollis
D L Henderson
Dale M. Jaeger
James H. Landon
Richard H. Lee
Caye Johnson Oglesby
Claire S. Reid
Blair Culbertson Robbins
Betsy Wilkins Robinson
Claire McCants Schwahn
Margaret D. Stickney
Rosa Tarbutton Sumter
Jane Robinson Whitaker
Melissa F. Wright
Cherokee Garden Library Chairman for GCG
Elaine Hazleton Bolton
Elaine Clark Smith
Lee C. Dunn
Founded by the Cherokee Garden Club of Atlanta in 1975, the Cherokee Garden Library is named for the state floral emblem of Georgia, the Cherokee rose (Rosa laevigata) and is one of the special collection libraries of the Kenan Research Center.
Through photographs, postcards, landscape plans, and manuscripts, Seeking Eden highlights the importance of historic gardens in Georgia.
Buildings & Grounds
Explore highlights of Southeastern horticultural history by taking in 33 acres of enchanting gardens, woodlands, and trails.
Learning & Research
Researchers can explore much of Atlanta History Center’s museum, archival, and oral history collections online.