Beautiful landscapes, ever green

We at WAG love a beautiful garden, as our coverage proves again and again.

Look no further than our current issue, in which our editor, Georgette Gouveia, checks back in with The Garden Conservancy and talks with the Garrison-based organization about its latest release, “Outstanding American Gardens.”

Well, we’re happy to continue the tradition by introducing you to “Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens.”

This lavish hardcover book, out this week from The Monacelli Press ($50), is a delight.

With stunning photography by Curtice Taylor and text by Caroline Seebohm, the book takes you on a journey through the history of garden design in this country via 28 examples that have been saved by dedicated conservationists and private owners, each one open to the public.

An ideal gift for anyone with a love of gardening, design, history or travel – this book is guaranteed to inspire road-trip daydreams – “Rescuing Eden” is a true tour de force.

Its pages will take you from simple 18th-century gardens to lavish Gilded-Age estates from coast to coast. Along the way, you’ll experience a wide variety of plantings and atmospheres, created by the languid Spanish moss of Middleton Place in South Carolina, the delicate roses at the Anne Spencer Garden in Virginia and the cactus and agave of Lotusland in California, to name a few environments.

And for those with an eye on our region, it’s fun to spot properties including Untermyer Park and Gardens in Yonkers, Innisfree Garden in Millbrook and Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, with Connecticut represented by the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme and Hollister House Garden in Washington.

“Rescuing Eden” is something to savor now – and in those deep days of winter, which will be here before we know it.

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– Mary Shustack

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