Gardening is one of America's most popular hobbies, and attendance at public gardens and arboreta continues to rise. Gardens Across America: Vol. II is a comprehensive guide to nearly 1,000 gardens west of the Mississippi. Each entry in this state-by-state guide contains such basic information as hours of operation and directions as well as a listing of activities, educational programs, and unique botanical features.
A native of Alexandra, Virginia, John J. Russell has been a medical corpsman, history teacher, owner and operator of a chain of outdoor outfitter stores, and president of a directory publishing company. Thomas S. Spencer is a former lawyer who is currently working toward a degree in historic preservation at Goucher College. They both live in Washington, D.C.