cloth, 384 pp., $80.00
This comprehensive guide to establishing and managing public gardens and arboreta is the first textbook on the subject and an excellent professional reference to the workings of such sites. Contributing authors explore a broad spectrum of subjects dealing with museums with living collections of plants: the resulting text defines the types and history of public gardens; the steps that must be taken in establishing a new garden; the leadership roles and administrative functions of the site; the educational programming; and the long-term initiatives. Heavily illustrated with black-and-white photographs of existing properties, this book establishes a framework for the development and management of public gardens.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden