Horticulture Subject Guide
guides are designed to help students begin the research process,
find reputable sources, and save time.
the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library
Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice
many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword,
Examples of Subject searches include:
Flower arrangement, Gardening, Landscape design, Landscape gardening, Nurseries (horticulture), Ornamental horticulture and many more.
include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors
put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter
than regular circulating books.
To search for
a book on reserve in the Library
Catalog, select either Reserves
by Course or Reserves by Instructor.
When you have located the materials, write down the Course Number and Title on the green “Reserve Materials Request Card” and present this, along with your CCSF Student ID, at the Circulation Desk.
Browsing the Library Collection
in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library
of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the
shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials
on psychology include:
CALL NUMBER RANGE
|Nurseries & nursery industry
|Horticulture, horticultural crops
|Flowers & flower culture, ornamental
|Gardens & gardening
|Landscape gardening, design, architecture
Key Reference Sources
provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some
relevant reference books in horticulture include:
The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants by Bricknell, Christopher and Judith D. Zuk, editors-in-chief. New York : DK Pub., 1997.
Hortus Third: a Concise Dictionary of Plants Cultivated in the United States and Canada by Bailey, Liberty Hyde and Ethel Zoe Bailey; revised and expanded by the staff of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. New York: Macmillan, 1976.
Note: Hortus Third has not been updated in many years, and plant names have changed over time. However, it is still heavily used by horticulturists and is still considered a standard reference work.
SB 45 .B22 1976 Rosenberg Reference
The Jepson Manual : Higher Plants of California by Hickman, James C., ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993. QK 149 .J56 1993 Rosenberg Reference
Plants of the San Francisco Bay Region: Mendocino to Monterey by Beidleman, Linda H. and Eugene N. Kozloff. Berkeley: UC Press, 2003. PUT ON NEXT LINE: QK 149 .K72 2003 Rosenberg Reference
Sunset Western Garden Book by Brenzel, Kathleen Norris, ed., 7th ed. Menlo Park, Calif.: Sunset Pub. Corp., 2001.
SB 453.2.W4 S9 2001 Rosenberg Reference, Downtown Reference
for Articles in Periodical Databases
group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject.
They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full
text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences
journal v. popular magazine articles?
databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you
will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access
those that CCSF subscribes to. Use the barcode on your current CCSF Student ID.
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from
1980 to the present. Most useful for horticultural topics
are Expanded Academic ASAP, InfoTrac Onefile, and Science Resource Center. Searching on horticulture in the Subject Guide Search, then selecting Related Subjects, is a helpful way of seeing the variety of topics covered in these databases. General Business File ASAP and Business and Company ASAP have information on the horticultural industry. These databases let you limit your results to documents with full-text, peer-reviewed publications and documents with images. You can also limit by date, publication title and publication subject
Comprised of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority
and native press in America, this unique body of materials covers
a wide range of current topics and countless other social, political
and educational subjects. Horticulture topics in this database include: horticulture and its related topics, gardens and gardening, and more. More than 200 publications covering 1990 to the present are represented, and searchable in both English and Spanish.
CQ provides lengthy research reports written by the editorial staff
of the Congressional Quarterly, Inc. Current and controversial topics related to horticulture, such as pesticide use, genetically-engineered crops, and biotech foods are covered in this database.
Below are some excellent web sites for horticulture. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results
American Association of Botanical
Gardens and Arboreta
This is the association for North American public gardens and their
professional staff. Its mission is to serve and strengthen public
gardens by supporting their work, value, and achievements in horticultural
display, education, research, and plant conservation.
Native Plant Society
The Society seeks to increase the understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.
From the United States Department of Agriculture, this provides
information about vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts,
and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
national green industry jobs website for both job seekers and employers,
with daily postings.
This is an industry-supported site for horticulture and floriculture products and services, with excellent links.
Las Pilitas Nursery
Las Pilitas is a nursery that grows many California native plants. This web site will inform, entertain, and educate you about aspects of native plants and native gardens that they've learned for the last 35 years.
Nurseries plant list
A wholesale nursery with great cultural information for plants appropriate
for the mild west coast.
Helen Crocker Russell Library, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
Established in 1972, this is northern California's largest horticultural library. The library houses approximately 27,000 volumes and 450 plant and garden periodicals. Collections cover all aspects of horticulture including gardening, garden design, botanical art, ethnobotany and pest management, with an emphasis on plants grown in Mediterranean and other mild temperate climates. It is a non-circulating library, open to the public daily. Their online catalog: http://asp.vtls.com/cgi-bin/sfbgs/chameleon/
Information is available at 415-661-1316 x303
welcome your questions and can help you with your research. For
additional help you may go to the Reference Desk at any of the 5
CCSF campus libraries or telephone:
- Alice Statler
- John Adams
Campus Library: 415-550-4353
Campus library: 415-267-6513
Evaluating Web Documents/Pages
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and
registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in
a CCSF library.
and Web Research Workshops
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methods in searching for books, articles and information on the
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