Cloth, 192 pp., $30
As journalist Anne Hillerman advises in the introduction, “Gardening in Santa Fe is not for sissies, nor for the faint of heart.” Based on the gorgeous photographs of public and private gardens that illustrate the informative text, gardeners have more than met its environmental challenges. The author divides the work into two sections, private versus public gardens; she ably relates the thoughts of each private garden’s creator as well as the functions of public sites in the informative text. The chapters on private gardens are noted for a diversity of themes: Old Style Sante Fe, waterwise gardens, artists’ gardens, patios and courtyards, etc. The section on public gardens covers display gardens and preserves as well as business and corporate gardens where visitors are welcome. Hillerman includes in the appendix some wise advice from Sante Fe gardeners on how to deal with the environment.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden