Rawlinson Collection

Established by the Augusta Garden Club in 1946, the Elizabeth Seymour Rawlinson Collection at the Staunton Public Library memorializes a former member who was not only an able gardener but also editor for many years of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Garden Gossip. Each year, the Augusta Garden Club donates books to the library to raise awareness in the community about conservation, plants, shrubs, trees, flower arranging, and the joys of gardening.

There are over 165 books in the Rawlinson Collection, but recent additions include:

• Martha's Flowers by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey
• Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning by Timothy Beatley
• Albemarle by Avery Chenoweth
• Gardens & Landscapes of VA by Richard Cheek
• Creating a New Old House by Russell Versaci
• Royal Gardens of Europe by George Plumptre
• Southern Furniture 1680-1830 by Ronald Hurst
• Climbing Plants by Barbara Abbs
• Southern Living Garden Book
• Gardening for all Seasons by the Editors of Creative Homeowners
• Bulb by Anna Pavord
• Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places that Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales by Marta McDowell
• Magnolias by Rosemary Barrett
• Dogwoods:The Genus Cornus by Paul Cappiello
• Trees up Close by Nancy Hugo
• Phlox: A Natural History and Gardeners Guide by James H. Locklear
• Crocuses: A Complete Guide to the Genus by Janis Ruksans and Brain Mathew
• Heucheras and Heucherellas: Coral Bells and Foamy Bells by Dan Heims and Grahame Ware
• Daffodil: The Remarkable Story of the World’s Most Popular Spring Flower by Noel Kingsbury
• Good Bug Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically by Jessica Walliser
• Lilacs: A Gardener’s Encyclopedia by Fr. John L. Fiala
• Show Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm by Debra Prinzing

• The Flower Recipe Book: by Alethea Harampolia and Jill Rizzo
• Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird Friendly Back Yard by George Adams
• Native Plants of the Southeast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 460 Species for Gardens by Larry Mellichamp and Will Stuart
• A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello by Peter Hatch
• Extraordinary Leaves by Dennis Schrader and Stephen Green-Armytage
• Eat Your Yard: Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs and Flowers for Your Landscape by Nan Chase
• Bloom Again Orchids: 50 Easy-Care orchids that Flower Again and Again and Again by Judy White
• Delphiniums by David and Shirley Basset
• Creative Flower Arranging: Floral Design for Home and Flower Show by Betty Belcher
• Boxwood Handbook: A Practical Guide to Knowing and Growing Boxwood by Lynn Batdorf
• Garden Bulbs for the South by Scott Ogden (Reference)
• Latin for Gardeners: Over 3,000 Plant Names Explained and Explored by Lorraine Harrison
• The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Trees by David More and John White
• Window Sill Art by Nancy Hugo
• Cool Flowers by Lisa Ziegler
• Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs by Michael Dirr Timber Press
• Encyclopedia of Flowering Shrubs by Jim Gardiner
• Founding Fathers by Andrea Wulf