The Garden Library of the New Orleans Town Gardeners is an extensive collection of published works dealing with gardens, gardening, and related subjects. The library contains well over 1,000 volumes representing approximately 800 titles. Founded in 1983, and given to Tulane in 1986, the library is a project of the New Orleans Town Gardeners, a New Orleans garden club affiliated with the Garden Club of America.
Though intended from the start to be general in scope, the Garden Library has consistently endeavored to emphasize southern United States gardens and gardening. Included in some of its important titles is the 1854 edition of Thomas Affleck's Southern Rural Almanac, and a copy of J.F. Lelievre's Nouveau Jardinier de la Louisiane (New Orleans, 1838), the first published work dealing specifically with gardening in Louisiana. Also of interest are the journals of Genevieve Munson Trimble, documenting her Afton Villa gardens in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Additions to the library are received through donation sporadically.
For gardening/botanical books published in Louisiana or books about Louisiana gardening and botanical subjects, please see Tulane University Library's Louisiana Research Collection.
The Garden Library is open to the public during normal SEAA hours. To request an appointment, please email Kevin Williams, Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 504 247-1836.