Just released!

Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration25 Years of the Garden Conservancy

We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary with a beautiful book that showcases fifty outstanding public and private gardens that we have worked with since our founding in 1989. The book was released by Abrams on September 22 and showcases eight gardens we have helped preserve and 42 of the more than 3,000 private gardens across the country that have been opened to the public through our Open Days program. Read more in our press release and media kit.

The private gardens cover a wide variety of regions, habitats, designs, and plants, from early spring through autumn. Featured private gardens include Panayoti Kelaidis’s rock garden in Denver, CO; Deborah Whigham and Gary Ratway’s collection of native and Mediterranean plants and earth walls in Albion, CA; and James David’s imaginative mix of heat-tolerant plants, rills, and pools in Austin, TX.

Stunning photographs and engaging narrative bring the stories of these diverse and remarkable gardens to life.

The books are being sold for $50. Place your order now — at a discount — through your favorite online retailer, such as Amazon or

Photographer, Marion Brenner. Editor, Page Dickey. Contributors: Patricia Steffan, Susan Lowry, and Laura Palmer.

Our deepest thanks to our supporters of Outstanding American Gardens: A Celebration—25 Years of the Garden Conservancy:

  • Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund
  • Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld
  • The Stockman Family Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Stone

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Earlier News Articles
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A New Lease on Life for the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden

UCLA and the Hannah Carter heirs reached agreement, protecting the immediate future of the garden and opening the possibility of its long-term preservation.

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Anniversary Annual Report

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A big "thank you" to both Patti and Peter McGee upon her retirement from our Board of Directors!

More stories from the Garden Conservancy:

Then & Now

The tenth anniversay of Hurricane Katrina marks a milestone in an impressive recovery effort involving over 600 volunteers. The Garden Conservancy was pleased to help lead the effort, joining forces with public gardens, horticulturists, and other volunteers from around the country. 


Taking Their Measure

Peckerwood Garden undertakes an extensive—and high-tech—documentation of its plant collections.