American Horticultural Society Honors the Year’s Best Gardening Books

“Apples of North America,” “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook,” and “The Resilient Farm and Homestead” have been named the year’s three best gardening books according to the American Horticultural Society’s annual Book Award.

Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook

“The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook” by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman was one of the winners of this year’s American Horticultural Society’s Book Award.

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With a bite in the air and much of the earth sound asleep, winter offers the perfect time to curl up with some good how-to books while scheming and dreaming about next year’s garden and homestead projects. Need some to add to your stack? For more than 15 years, the American Horticultural Society has been recognizing outstanding gardening books with its annual Book Award.

Books are judged on writing style, authority, originality, accuracy and design. Apples of North America by Tom Burford, The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman, and The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk took top honors this year.


Shelley Stonebrook is MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine’s main gardening editor. She’s passionate about growing healthy, sustainable food and taking care of our environment. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and .