New Books At The Corning Library

New Books in Corning Library  April 2017

A Natural History of English Gardening, 1650-1800 . Mark Laird, 2015

Laird unearths forgotten historical data to reveal the complex visual cultures of early modern gardening. He follows a broad series of chronological events—from the Little Ice Age winter of 1683 to the drought summer of the volcanic 1783—to probe the nature of gardening and husbandry………….Laird fundamentally transforms our understanding of the English landscape garden as a powerful cultural expression.

Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach. David Rouse & Ignacio Bunster-Ossa

From the beginning, the landscape has determined where and how people live. Recently, we have been discovering or rediscovering, the benefits of green infrastructure—infrastructure that takes advantage of the natural landscape. The authors present six principles for successful green infrastructure projects.

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees in the American Cityscape.  Jill Jonnes, 2016

“In Urban Forests, Jill Jonnes extols the many contributions that trees make to city life . . . [and] celebrates [the] men and women who stood up for America’s city trees over the past two centuries. . . . Ms. Jonnes offers an authoritative and admirably nontechnical account of the past, present and future of our cities’ trees.” — Gerard Helferich, The Wall Street Journal 

Wildlife Conservation on Farmland. David MacDonald & Ruth Feber, 2015

This book offers a very good account of the key issues in wildlife conservation on lowland farmland and it would be of value to anyone interested in gaining an overview of this topic paired with detailed results.” — BTO Book Reviews

Vol. 1: Managing for nature in lowland farms.

Vol. 2 : Conflict in the Countryside.

James Sowerby: The Enlightenments Natural Historian. Paul Henderson, 2015

One of the best botanical artists and most knowledgeable natural historians of this era was James Sowerby (1757–1822). Talented and prolific, his crowning achievement was Sowerby’s Botany, a thirty-six volume work on the botany of England that contained 2,592 hand-colored botanical engravings. Henderson explores Sowerby’s artistic achievements as well as his place at the center of a thriving network of artists and scientists.

The Nature of Childhood: An Environmental History of Growing Up in America Since 1865. Pamela Riney-Kehrberg,  2014


Surveying the landscape of childhood from the Civil War to our own day, this environmental history of growing up in America asks why and how the nation’s children have moved indoors, often losing touch with nature in the process.

The Woodland Way: A Permaculture Approach to Sustainable Woodland Management.  Ben Law

This 2015 edition of the 2001 classic is written from the heart by an innovative woodsman who is deeply committed to sustainability, this radical book presents an immensely practical alternative to conventional woodland management.

A Wild Flower By Any Other Name: Sketches of Pioneer Naturalists Who Named Our Western Plants. Karen Nilsson, 1994

A Wildflower by Any Other Name recounts the fascinating tales behind the naming of western wildflowers and plants. This richly illustrated book will delight gardeners, plan lovers, history buffs and all who enjoy exploring the natural