cloth, 206 pp., $49.95
Reflecting on her efforts to beautify the parks and gardens of a major city, Lynden Miller describes her endeavors over several decades, beginning with the restoration of the Conservatory Garden in New York’s Central Park. Trained as an artist, Miller took her remarkable artistic talent and sensitive leadership skills to a project that not only required her to expedite the design, but also to raise funds for its construction and attract the public to the rehabilitated site. After describing her many successful projects that followed, the author discusses the elements for a successful public space, the art of design, and the major considerations in project construction and maintenance. She stresses the importance of good public relations to develop advocacy groups, acquire private funding, and recruit dedicated volunteers. In summary, this practical guide is highly recommended for anyone planning green spaces in a community.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden