Texas Public Gardens by Elvin McDonald

Texas Public Gardens
Elvin McDonald
Pelican Publishing (2009)
ISBN 9781589805675
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (2/09)


“TexasPublicGardens” by Elvin McDonald and photography by Kevin Vandivier and Earl Nottingham is a perfect coffee table book or one to have on the bedside table in the guest room – especially if you live in Texas.  It will give you a wonderful armchair experience of all the delightful gardens in Texas without having to visit physically. The photography is suburb and colorful, capturing the true beauty of this southern state.

Living in Austin, Texas I have always been enamored with The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and was delighted to see the photographers capture the best of the gardens themselves – the vast field of bluebonnets, the state flower.  The MoodyGardens in Galveston photos captured my interest also.  Obviously taken before Hurricane Ike hit in September 2008, the grounds look beautiful and it is my hope they will be restored.

Also showcased are gardens such as Mercer Arboretum in Humble, BayouBendGardens and Houston, Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas Discover Gardens in Dallas as well as many other beautiful places in Texas.  My favorite, however, is the ZilkerBotanical Garden in Austin.  I have wandered through the gardens many times, enjoying the water-lilies and Redbud trees in full bloom.

Saying “TexasPublicGardens” by Elvin McDonald is a beautiful book would be an understatement.  It is more than a beautiful book; it is a depiction of the true beauty in the Texas landscape, whether they are man-made gardens or the natural landscape that is so prevalent throughout the State.

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