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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591865271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591865278
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Join the fun and exciting world of garden tourism. Whether you’re an armchair tourist or a daytripper or plan your vacations around garden destination spots, this book is for you. From the famous to the hidden gems, more than 400 gardens are featured. You’ll find:


•    Helpful icons that identify key garden features.
•    Gardens organized by state for easy reference.
•    Several featured gardens in Canada.
•    Quick references to addresses, phone numbers, hours, and fees.
•    A snappy summary of each garden’s extra-special features.
•    Smartphone-scannable QR codes that link to every garden’s website.


So grab your camera and walking shoes—and let’s go!

About the Author

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp was a newspaper reporter who now freelances, specializing in writing for and about business, not-for-profits, real estate, retail, architecture, manufacturing, construction, economic development, higher education, the green industry, gardening, people, and places. Her work appears in several national and local publications. www.hoosiergardener.com

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dee A. Nash on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Getting that personal touch from your guide is the best scenario, but what about when you're on vacation, and you want to visit some local garden hotspots? It is good to have a guide, if not in the flesh, then on paper. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp's, The Visitor's Guide to American Gardens: Garden Walks, Garden Talks, Garden Events, which Cool Springs Press sent me to review, looks to be just the ticket. The guide is organized by state and also in Canada to assist in locating gardens while you're on vacation, or any type of tour. In my own state, Jo Ellen listed the best of the best. Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge, for example, just underwent a huge restoration and recently reopened. I was pleased to see she also listed the new Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden located just outside of Tulsa. Because three of the five gardens listed in Oklahoma are in Tulsa, it made me wonder why Oklahoma City and her surrounding suburbs don't do more to establish great gardens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Do you visit gardens when you travel in the U.S. and Canada? Do you take destination garden trips?

We do! And, I know many other people who do.

Whenever we plan a trip we go online and look for nearby gardens, butterfly houses arboretums and notable parks. This much needed, up-to-date book from Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp will become well-worn in our house.

Not only is the basic information provided on a state-by-state basis but a smart phone icon is available on some pages to provide more on-site tips. (We don't have smart phones so the Internet will have to continue to be our guide for the additional info.)

So to use the guide, go to the state you'll be visiting, then to the city and its gardens. You'll find the address, phone, website, hours and whether or not there is an entry fee.

A line of icons tell you whether or not there is food, a children's garden, historic identification, annual events, hiking trails, gift shop wheelchair access, etc.

The garden description tells you the size of the garden, its specialized features, and, well, everything you want to know.

This calendar year we have visited 8 or 10 public gardens around the country and they are all in Sharp's book and reflect our experience of being there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Great cook on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for those who love to travel or love to garden or do both! The Visitor's guide to American Gardens had detailed information about each garden with symbols of accessibility, fees, collections, children's gardens,food and much more! For most of the gardens listed there is even a QR code in the book, allowing you to link to the gardens website. Beautifully photographed with pictures of almost every garden as well as a summary of each. It's a great gift for a gardener or a gift for yourself!
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By Tish Rice on October 9, 2014
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I love this book, I take it on all my travels. It is very informative and well written.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 14, 2012
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If you like to visit amazing gardens when you travel, or even if you just like to dream about it, this book is the reference you need. It features leading gardens in each state and some in Canada. Some of the garden descriptions will have a photo. All will list the address, phone, website, hours and fee. There are also useful icons that tell you some details about the garden at a glance such as `Is there a food service at the garden?', `Is it accessible?', `Is there a kid's section?', `Is it on an historic site?' and so on. Useful stuff.

The problem with guides like this is that they can become out of date very fast as information about the gardens change. This book circumvents that problem by not only listing the website of the garden so you can confirm details before your trip but also by printing a QR code so you can scan the image with your smart phone or other device and be taken directly to the garden's website.

I tested the content by looking at the entries for the 2 gardens nearest my home and that I have visited: The Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum. The Cleveland Botanical Garden earned a full page and a color photo while the Holden Arboretum split a page with a garden in Youngstown and didn't have a photo. The details were accurate. I would have liked to seen a listing for my favorite local garden, the unique Cleveland Cultural Gardens, but I guess no book can be 100% complete and please everybody.

I like the maps at the end of the book that show you approximately where the gardens are located so you can group a few together in your travels. The back section also includes some of the more popular garden shows in each region.

If you are planning a trip you can browse the book and see if there are any gardens near your destination. Or use it to plan real or imaginary visits to some beautiful gardens.
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