flexible boards, 368 pp., $29.95
The author leads the reader on an exploration of 148 significant gardens in the northeast region of the United States in this highly informative guidebook. A noted art and garden historian, Magda Salvesen has chosen a range of beautiful landscapes, which include parks, estates, arboreta, and gardens of more modest size. Abundantly illustrated with photographs and maps, the text includes useful data for each site, which includes the usual open hours, telephone, website, specific location, public transportation, available tours, facilities, programming, meal service, and nearby sites of interest. This information is especially helpful for tourists who may wish to check activities and current open hours. Salvesen has an admirable skill in reporting the histories and character of individual landscapes, as well as the proposed future of these green spaces.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden