The California Garden Tour: The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State by Donald Olson
The CALIFORNIA GARDEN TOUR is a book designed for garden lovers. If you are not a garden lover, you probably won't even understand this book. I have been to many of the gardens featured here, and I confirm they are truly outstanding. Each garden has been an inspiring, fun trip.
The sections of the book are geographically designed. So for example there is a big section called Northern California, and of course one called Southern California. In the Northern California area, it is further divided into San Francisco & Peninsula, East Bay, Sonoma and Vicinity, and Central and North Coast.
The geographical divisions make it easy to navigate through the book. I was pleased to discover that there are many Northern California gardens close to me.
As you might expect, each garden is accompanied by a variety of color photographs, showing the highlights from that particular garden. In the San Francisco area, where I live, there's even a section on Alcatraz! I had no idea that Alcatraz would be a featured garden. I'm pretty sure that was after the prisoners were all gone when the photos were taken.
All in all, I found the CALIFORNIA GARDEN TOUR to be an inspiring, fun read. If nothing else, enjoy looking through the beautiful photographs. They are very inspiring--even the ones from Alcatraz Island.
The California Garden Tour by Donald Olson