In On Walnut Hill - The Evolution Of A Garden (Hillside Press, 2015), writer Kathy Hudson lovingly chronicles the story of this garden, designed over decades by owners A.C. and Penny Hubbard along with the late plantsman Kurt Bluemel.
The Hubbard Garden is listed in the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens, and it comes to life in this book with exquisite images by noted garden photographer Roger Foley.
One thing I most appreciated about this book, aside from the charming story, is that nearly all the photos are accompanied by captions that identify the plants by their botanical names. The book is divided into seasons, so you can learn the plants that will carry your garden through the entire year.
A fabulous coffee table book ... and a great present for any gifted gardener.
If you're a designer or just a garden aficionado, you certainly have been on many tours offered each year by The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program. This new book Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration: 25 Years of the Garden Conservancy (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2015), edited by designer and writer Page Dickey, documents the work of the Conservancy since its inception in 1989. The organization's founder, Frank Cabot, described himself simply as a "horticultural enthusiast," but he and his wife, Anne, did a great service to the country.
The book is divided into several chapters, the first dedicated to some of the great gardens the Conservancy has preserved for future generations, from the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California to John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck, NY. In the following chapters, divided into regions of the country, you'll visit (or re-visit) some of the outstanding private gardens showcased during Open Days Programs. Some of my own favorites are here: Grey Gulls, the garden of financier Peter Lynch in Marblehead, MA; The White Garden in Lewisboro, NY, designed by Patrick Chassé; Ice Pond Farm, the garden of famed ice skater Dick Button; and David Culp's garden in Downingtown, PA. There is a brief description of each garden, along with several photos.
Photographs are by top garden photographer Marion Brenner -- and you'll want this book for the images alone. It's a lesson in garden preservation, and much to learn about great garden design.