paper, 128 p., $21.95
A new guide in a wonderful series, this book includes gardens in a large area in the middle of the U.S., many of the finest and most unusual gardens in the world. With beautiful photographs of 100 public and private gardens, Paul Bennett examines the history of gardens in the Midwest, including the use of conservatories and greenhouses. Ample discussion is provided of institutions such as the Missouri Botanical Garden and major figures in gardening history such as Jens Jensen and John O. Simonds.
A tour based on this book would be delightfully diverse. To help you plan your expeditions, Bennett divides the book into sections, such as Great Lakes East (Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia), Great Lakes West (Illinois and Indiana), Upper Midwest (Wisconsin and Minnesota), Mississippi Valley (Iowa and Missouri) and Great Plains (North and South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma). Key features of each garden are provided, along with maps and directions, fees, contact information and highlights in the surrounding area. Breaktaking sights are described for each garden, certain to stimulate your efforts to visit each garden cited. Well written and illustrated, this easy to read guide makes for some very compelling reading and practical use.
— Jean E. Bedger, Volunteer and Researcher, Library, School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.