Flower Chronicles: The Legend and Lore of Fifteen Garden Favorites — E. Buckner Hollingsworth

First published in 1958, The Flower Chronicles is a compendium on the history of flowers that has lost none of its bloom. With a flair for research and citation, E. Buckner Hollingsworth (see About the Author below) draws on folklore, poetry, annals of medicine, and gardening manuals to report essential historical information on the domestication of garden favorites before they were grown as ornamental plants.

Organized by species, Flower Chronicles brims with literary and historical references, anecdotes, and digressions on the lives of merchants, housewives, perfumers, and surgeons. Though she writes with a light touch, Hollingsworth tackles Greek literature, Shakespeare, De Quincey, and Herrick.

Flower Chronicles has an antiquarian feel about it, with its line drawings, woodcuts, and translations from the Greek, but the text never feels dated. Though out of print for nearly thirty years, Flower Chronicles it has reemerged as a must-have garden literature classic.


  • Condition: New. Glued binding.
  • Edition: Paperback. First Edition - Published September 16, 2004
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press / Chicago IL
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226349800
  • ISBN-10 0226349802
  • Pages: 302
  • Rating:★★★★★ (See FAQs)
  • E. Buckner Hollingsworth (1892-1979) was born in Baltimore, graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and contributed articles to Horticulture, The Home Garden, The Bulletin of the Garden Club of America, and Audubon magazine. She is the author of Gardening on Main Street and Her Garden Was Her Delight.

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