By Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry, Photos by Joseph De Sciose
W.W. Norton & Company, $22.95, 424 pages
Garden Guide: New York City is a pocket-sized feast for the garden lover in New York City. More than 100 gardens are highlighted in this impressive anthology of all things garden. The book covers the five boroughs and includes small, simple gardens and extraordinary green spaces throughout the city. Chapters are organized by location and begin with a map of the overall area contained in the chapter. Each garden entry reports the location, hours, phone number, website (if it exists), admission fee, bus and subway lines, facilities and best seasons to visit.
“The term garden often is used loosely to denote anything from a small planting bed to a sports venue, but we have been guided by our choices for this book by a traditional interpretation: a garden is an enclose piece of ground dedicated to the cultivation of plants.”
The majority of the gardens are free. Pictures are littered throughout the book. The explanation accompanying each entry is informative and straightforward. This clever book will definitely get you out and about in the city. Although the pocket size is convenient when lugging it around, it would be easier to read and view the colorful photographs if the book was just a bit larger. Even with its small size, this is a great resource for New York City’s numerous green spaces.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff