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Gardens of the Garden State

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A celebration of the public and private gardens of New Jersey, a state with a remarkably diverse landscape and rich agricultural history.

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Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry are a highly regarded garden writing team, successfully collaborating on Garden Guide to New York City (Norton) and Gardens of the Hudson Valley (Monacelli). Berner is a book editor and an editorial consultant to several non-profits. Lowry was a television journalist in Canada and the United States before switching fields and earning a diploma in landscape architecture. Both live in New York City, where they are longtime volunteers at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park. Gemma and Andrew Ingalls, of Ingalls Photography, specialize in garden and landscape photography as well as food and hospitality images. Their work appears in Tabletand gardening publicationsand websites.


"Handsomely documents 28 gardens, public and private, that authors Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry visited during an 18-month odyssey across the state. Perhaps the most intriguing sections of the book are those that sneak readers into fabulous private gardens, captured by photographers Gemma and Andrew Ingalls. There's the garden created by noted garden writer Ken Druse and partner Louis Bauer, horticultural director at Wave Hill in the Bronx, on a 2-acre river island. The tropical garden of Graeme Hardie and the sculpture-rich garden of Silas Mountsier, located opposite one another on a leafy street in Nutley. The elegant fountains and artful perennial gardens at Kennelston Cottage in Far Hills. Linden Hill in Rumson, where 45,000 annuals create a spectacular display every summer. And that's just scratching the surface." --Newark Star-Ledger, Inside Jersey "Given its official nickname, it's no surprise that New Jersey has a rich and vibrant gardening tradition. But what may be news to some is that it plays out on such geographically diverse terrain. Gardens of the Garden State, the third book by seasoned garden-writing duo Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry, provides an illuminating and visually rewarding journey through the landscapes of the fifth-smallest and most densely populated state." --Architectural Digest "An unexpectedly gorgeous book about a much maligned state. It is a collection of essays about 29 public and private gardens all over New Jersey. The variety is impressive and speaks to the diversity of the topography found in the state which is the fifth smallest in the nation yet boasts rolling farmland, mountains, lakes, rivers, seashore, swamps, pine barrens, rocky ridges, and stony hills. The book's photographs by Gemma and Andrew Ingalls are lovely and effectively expand the often brief text." --Gardenista's "Best Books for Garden Lovers" "The text shares space with handsome photography by Gemma and Andrew Ingalls, showing 29 gardens, including the Laurelwood and Linwood Arboretums, the New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, Greenwood Gardens, and Van Vleck House and Gardens." --Landscape Architecture

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