6 of the Most Intimately Beautiful Gardens in America

In their new book, Great Gardens of America, Tim Richardson and Andrea Jones open up a world of delight.

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Stan Hywet Estate, Akron Ohio

Stan Hywet Estate, Akron Ohio© 2009 by Andrea Jones
Yes, it looks like the setting for Monet's paintings in Giverny, France, but this bridge is part of a spectacular estate that you can visit right in the heartland.

Canticleer Garden; Wayne, PA

Canticleer Garden; Wayne, PA© 2009 by Andrea Jones
No fewer than eight head gardeners tend to this gorgeous historic estate outside Philadelphia, which is now open to the public.

Donell Garden; Sonoma, CA

Donell Garden; Sonoma, CA© 2009 by Andrea Jones
Arguably the world's most beautiful swimming pool, surrounded by impeccably landscaped gardens—but alas, it's private.

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Naumkeag; Stockbridge, MA

Naumkeag; Stockbridge, MA© 2009 by Andrea Jones
The blue half-moon fountain is considered an "iconic moment" in 20th-century garden design. It's open to the public.

Windcliff; Seattle, WA

Windcliff; Seattle, WA© 2009 by Andrea Jones
Perched over Puget Sound, the 5.5-acre private garden hosts a stunning array of plants and flowers.

Cornerstone Place; Sonoma, CA

Cornerstone Place; Sonoma, CA© 2009 by Andrea Jones
This showcase for cutting-edge garden design opened in 2004. The blue tree is actually a dead Monterey Pine covered in plastic balls!

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© 2009 by Andrea Jones
Great Gardens of America offers an intimate eyeful of more than 25 spectacular public and private gardens.

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