Free garden books and much more



A nice commenter on my blog left a link to’s ebook giveaway. In October, you can download Tom Turner’s The Principles of Garden Design and 24 Historic Styles of Garden Design. Even more interesting, while clicking around the site, I noticed there was a sizable ebooks section with free digital versions of books by Gertrude Jeckyll, Humphry Repton (mentioned in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park) and Andrew Jackson Downing. Indeed, the site seems to be a treasure trove of British landscape design history and lore.

But wait, that’s not all! The reason I got a comment at all was to inform me that gardenvisit also has an aerial, clickable view of Sonnenberg Gardens. They also have summaries and maps of public gardens all over the world, including England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Japan, Italy, Spain, and China. If you don’t know about this site, it is well worth checking out.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


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