Communications Award of Honor
Half My World: The Garden of Anne Spencer, A
History and Guide
Reuben M. Rainey, ASLA, University of Virginia, Charlottesville,
VA, and Rebecca T. Frischkorn, Charlottesville, VA
Warwick House Publishing
Great contribution in social-cultural garden scholarship.
. . The mix of poetry, personal history, and gardening is irresistible.
. . Richly written. . . This book represents an important contribution
to the profession and African American studies in general. The
authors' writing style is endearing, well organized, and well
Professional Awards Jury Comments
This book explores the close relationship between the poetry of
Harlem Renaissance author Anne Spencer and her creative work as
a garden designer. Spencer's highly original and engaging garden
was a restorative sanctuary, as well as a key source of inspiration
for her poetry, which is filled with powerful images of growth,
transformation, and the healing power of nature. The authors provide
an affordable and accessible study for a wide range of readers,
including high school students and an adult lay audience.