Cherokee Garden Library

Under the leadership of Anne Coppedge Carr, the Cherokee Garden Library was founded in 1975 by the Cherokee Garden Club of Atlanta. The Garden Library is one of the special subject libraries of the Kenan Research Center located at the Atlanta History Center. The collection includes over 28,000 books, photographs, manuscripts, seed catalogs, and landscape drawings. Serving thousands of researchers annually, these rare and valuable resources tell the story of American horticulture and botanical history in the Southeastern United States and areas of influence throughout America, Europe, and Asia. The collection is accessible to anyone interested in exploring gardening, landscape design, garden history, floral design, botanical art, cultural landscapes, natural landscapes, and plant ecology. While the collection is a focal point, the Garden Library also attracts a community of people who enjoy the year-round calendar of lectures, exhibitions, tours, and collaborations with partner agencies. The Cherokee Garden Library’s four key program areas include: education, conservation, acquisitions, and research. It serves as a repository for researchers from around the world with access to the director who fields questions and provides information as requested. In 2014, more than 8,000 researchers were served. Online searches are conducted using 'Terminus,' an online catalog. The Garden Library offers tours, supports instruction in its extensive scholarly resources, and dedicates a space for concentrated study and interdisciplinary academic collaboration.  The Cherokee Garden Library promotes the study of gardening and garden history through lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and collaborative projects with community partners. Our target population includes garden curators, students, gardeners, horticulturists, historians, environmentalists, landscape designers, and artists as well as private individuals, nonprofit organizations, and commercial firms. The Cherokee Garden Library has broad reach in our community, statewide, around the country and beyond.

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