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Product Details

  • Vinyl Bound: 424 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised Edition edition (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393733076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393733075
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A]n antidote to the feeling, as Joni Mitchell once expressed it, that New York has taken all the trees and put them in a tree museum. It lists the obvious places to bask in the green…but also the more obscure…and divides them by neighborhood, revealing that the city is spotted with these small respites. And what better way to spend a summer afternoon, when everyone else has decamped to some beachside, than to rediscover the city itself?” (The New Yorker)

“Every designer and gardener needs to pick up a copy of this revised guide to NYC gardens….indispensable….even if you’re not going to be in NYC anytime soon, you won’t want to miss reading this little book on more than 100 NYC gardens….a real treasure, with many fabulous photos.” (Jane Berger - Garden Design Online)

“[E]ssential for anyone interested in New York’s urban scene….Superb photographs.” (Landscape Architecture)

“Their concise, elegantly written text is full of fascinating background on the places and their designers, as well as plant information.” (ElleDecor.com)

“I would now love to return to New York with this book in my suitcase to explore more than the usual attractions.” (Garden Design Unlimited)

“...a great little companion for the summer months in New York City...” (A Daily Dose of Architecture blog)

About the Author

Nancy Berner lectures widely about New York City’s gardens and is also the author of Gardens of the Hudson Valley. She lives in New York City and is a longtime volunteer at Central Park’s Conservatory Garden.

Susan Lowry lectures widely about New York City’s gardens and is also the author of Gardens of the Hudson Valley. She lives in New York City and is a longtime volunteer at Central Park’s Conservatory Garden.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is filled with beautiful photos and short descriptons of gardens from all five boroughs of New York City. Leafing through it, once again I realized how special this city is. Garden Guide: New York City is a must for anyone who wants to know the city better; for those of us who live here and for those who are just visiting.
Small enough to carry in one's purse, it is concise and well researched. It is pleasure to read and makes you want to explore the city through its gardens. Be careful, if you are not already a garden lover it might make you one. From the Chinese Scholar's Garden in Staten Island to the Botanical Garden in Queens; from Rincon Criollo in the Bronx to The Conservatory Garden on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, even in its gardens the diverstiy and creativity of New Yorkers is evident and that makes New Yorkers like me burst with pride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Ryan on August 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
This thorough book organized gardens in New York city by location, gave subway and/or bus directions, and a wonderful description of each garden so it was easy to decide whether I wanted to go see that garden. It was amazing and I saw gardens big and small throughout my visit to the city in a short period of time. I'm going to check to see if the book is available for other places I tend to visit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Robinson on August 10, 2010
Format: Vinyl Bound
If you're from out of town, gardens may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of New York City. But "Garden Guide: New York City (Revised Edition)" will set you straight and take you to lovely spots, big and small, around all five boroughs. Some sites are relatively well known, especially those in Manhattan: The Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example. But there are little hidden gems to be found everywhere, not to mention the can't-be-missed High Line, a converted elevated train line that runs through Downtown Manhattan. And then there are the marvelous sites in the Bronx (the County Courthouse green roof, Taqwa Community Farm), Queens (the Curtis "50 cent" Community Garden, Gantry Plaza State Park), Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Red Hook Gardens) and Staten Island (Bayview Habitat, Snug Harbor Cultural Center.)

The size and complexity of the scores of gardens listed vary greatly: some cover acres of ground, are open to the public year round and attract tourists and residents alike. Others are tiny, protected by gates or difficult to locate, open only occasionally or to limited numbers of visitors. But each adds to New York's green spaces. Directions, hours, photos and a history accompany each garden listing. The book is quite complete yet small enough to tuck into a bag or big pocket.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. McEwan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2010
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This little book was a hit in its first edition and now it's been updated with 25 new garden spots to visit and enjoy in New York City. Its small size and vinyl cover make it easy to slip into a purse or jacket pocket to carry around town.

I purchased this as a gift for a botanist friend who knows from whence she speaks when it comes to gardens. She pronounced it an essential resource and is very happy to have added this book to her extensive collection.
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