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Garden Guide: New York City, Revised Edition Vinyl Bound – August 16, 2010
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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.”
“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.
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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.
It has very tiny print and is therefore impossible to read for some people.
unfortunatly there have been many books with miniature-print published
since the new computer-type setting allowed to condense everything.
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.
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.