Ken Druse garden photography collection, 1978-2005
20.5 cubic ft
Approximately 45,000 images: 35,000 transparencies + 10,000 35mm slides
Ken Druse is a garden photographer and author of over a dozen books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles on garden-related topics. He received the Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for Literary Achievement from the Garden Club of America in 2004 for his garden writing. His images appear in his own books and articles as well as those by other writers. Druse highlights the work of numerous gardeners, garden designers, and horticulture experts on his website and podcast.
The Ken Druse Garden Photography Collection contains approximately 45,000 film transparency and 35mm slide images, dating from 1978 to 2005, of gardens, garden features, and flora photographed by garden writer and photographer Ken Druse. The photographic images document numerous private and public gardens throughout the United States and a few in Canada. Many have appeared in Druse's own books and articles as well as those by other writers. Approximately half of the collection is arranged according to specific garden, the other half by garden feature. A small portion of the collection consists of slide lectures given by Druse. Some images are identified with general captions and dates. Images documenting specific gardens are sometimes accompanied by handwritten notes, garden descriptions, and articles. Annotations appearing on certain images indicate the publication in which they appeared. The collection includes 'outtakes' or bracketed images that give insight into Druse's photo shooting process.
Druse's images have been featured in hundreds of garden-related articles as well as over a dozen of his books including Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of Propagation; Planthropology: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites; Natural Companions: The Garden Lovers Guide to Plant Combinations; The Natural Habitat Garden; The Natural Shade Garden; The Collector's Garden: Designing with Extraordinary Plants; and The Passion for Gardening: Inspiration for a Lifetime
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Ken Druse garden photography collection