Synopses & Reviews
Public gardens are popular attractions for visitors, for local residents, and for garden enthusiasts. Garden events are planned destinations for gardeners and tourists in the U.S. and the U.K. Botanical gardens host events each year that include festivals, seasonal events, family attractions, special exhibitions, children’s activities, and more. While consumers can search the Internet for information on individual shows or local garden events, there isn’t anything comparable to this product online in one location. The Visitor's Guide to American Gardens
features a state-by-state listing of each garden; its attractions, benefits, and features; contact information; and a description of yearly events. It also features the popular regional garden shows and even garden tours available for traveling internationally. This is a one-stop resource for American and Canadian public gardens.
Join the fun and exciting world of garden tourism. Whether you’re an armchair tourist or a daytripper or plan your vacations around garden destination spots, this book is for you. From the famous to the hidden gems, more than 400 gardens are featured. You’ll find:
• Helpful icons that identify key garden features.
• Gardens organized by state for easy reference.
• Several featured gardens in Canada.
• Quick references to addresses, phone numbers, hours, and fees.
• A snappy summary of each garden’s extra-special features.
• Smartphone-scannable QR codes that link to every garden’s website.
So grab your camera and walking shoes—and let’s go!
About the Author
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp grew up in Indianapolis and lives about 15 minutes from downtown. A former newspaper reporter, she now freelances, specializing in writing for and about business, not-for-profits, real estate, retail, architecture, manufacturing, construction, economic development, higher education, the green industry, gardening, people and places. Her work appears in several national and local publications, including the Indianapolis Business Journal
, Angie’s List magazine and her Hoosier Gardener column in the Indianapolis Star
. She works with corporations and not-for-profit organizations on annual reports, newsletters, white papers and other types of written communication Besides freelancing, she works nearly full time as a manager of perennials, trees and shrubs at a large independent garden center, where she has worked for seven years. She was the founding editor and is a part owner of Indiana Living Green
magazine, and is a popular speaker about garden-related topics and sustainable living. She and Tom Tyler are co-authors of the Indiana Gardener’s Guide
. Jo Ellen is a national director of Garden Writers Association
, former director of the Marion County Extension Board, a director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society, president of the Friends of Garfield Park, Inc., and a director and the recent past president of the Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana. She is an Advanced Master Gardener in Marion County.