An eye for composition, texture, and color, and a willingness to break ordinary garden “rules.” These are just some of the talents artists bring to designing their gardens. Artists are also more apt than most green thumbs to see the garden as a place for artistic expression. Inspired Gardens offers a tour of 24 private gardens in New England while offering eye-opening interviews with the artists who designed them. Lavishly illustrated with photographs by Nance Trueworthy, the volume is a visual delight. It is also highly inspirational and eminently informative—an exciting lesson on how artistic principles underlay garden design just as much as they do sculpture, painting, mosaic, or other arts.