Saratoga Springs is colorful not only culturally and historically, but also literally. Come spring and summer the historic resort town is filled with lush plantings in the public parks, around private homes from the grandest to the most modest, at the Saratoga Race Course grounds and the Skidmore College campus, and even throughout the business district along Broadway. Rather than discouraging Saratoga's green thumbs, the challenging northern climate only inspires residents to celebrate the return of warm weather and the horse-racing season each year with joyful displays of gardens, fountains, and flower-filled containers of every description.
"History, health, and horses," the city's motto, neatly sums up Saratoga's most famous attributes. In this celebration of the region's gardens and the people who create them, photographer and writer Janet Loughrey shows us that "horticulture" should be added to that list.
Born and raised in Glens Falls, north of Saratoga Springs, Janet Loughrey has been fascinated by gardens since the age of eight. Better Homes and Gardens, Horticulture, Country Living Gardener, and other magazines have published Janet's photos and articles. Her work has also appeared on HGTV and in a number of books. She has been honored four times with awards from the The Garden Writers Association. Janet lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon, but makes frequent trips to her home territory of Upstate New York. Visit her website at www.loughreyphoto.com.