Picks and Pans Review: Gardening America: Regional and Historical Influences in the Contemporary Garden

updated 06/04/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/04/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Ogden Tanner

Tanner has produced a dazzling book that highlights gardens across America, from the intimate backyards of Boston's Beacon Hill to the wildflower fields of the Midwest to the cactus gardens of Arizona. It was not until the 1940s that postwar prosperity enabled middle-class Americans to buy their own homes—and plant gardens. At the time, landscape architects from the Harvard School of Design were developing the natural California Style using local topography and plants. After that, notes Tanner, "Gardens were no longer romantic pictures to stroll through or admire from living room windows, but places in which to live." (Viking, $40.00)

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