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Author Wolfe and photographer Irving visited twenty-two private gardens from small to grand, mainly located in the upper midwestern states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa.
Each page depicts extensive photography of specimen plants and very nice shots of garden beds and companion plantings and interviews with the owners. It appears, though, that garden after garden was photographed in mid summer, with each bed resplendent in different renditions of daylily, rose, hollyhock and other classic cottage garden displays. If this is the kind of garden you are interested in, then this is the book for you.
But to my mind the author does not present an interesting range of mid-west gardens; leaving out the possibilities of spring bulb gardens, fall foliage displays, rockeries, woodland paths, and water gardens existing in the mid west. And I am sure they do.
Since I am new to Ohio gardening I purchased this book looking for guidance and fresh ideas for my suburban garden. While the pictures were pretty, I am not sure I found out anything new. The "Midwest Gardens" book title would be more to the point if it were "Midwestern Cottage Gardens".