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February 04, 1996|Barbara Saltzman

THE GARDENS OF CALIFORNIA: Four Centuries of Design From Mission to Modern by Nancy Goslee Power (Clarkson N. Potter: $50; 196 pp.) California gardens--from estates to more simple affairs--have long been neglected by garden writers mesmerized by English, Italian and Eastern landscapes. So, how welcome and overdue is this volume celebrating the unique offerings of California garden designs, some designed by contemporary landscapers, including the author, others well-tended historic wonders. Beautiful photography by Mick Hales complements Goslee Power's well-observed details about each estate, private home or public garden visited. Landscapes run the gamut--from Spanish beginnings and influences through classic estate gardens; wild, naturalistic landscapes; cottage gardens rooted in California flora; grand estates and contemporary gardens attached to modern homes. A source of ideas and inspiration for gardeners dealing with small spaces or more expansive estates.

FOR THE RECORD
Los Angeles Times Sunday February 25, 1996 Home Edition Book Review Page 9 Book Review Desk 1 inches; 24 words Type of Material: Correction
The Feb. 4 review of "The Gardens of California: Four Centuries of Design From Mission to Modern" omitted the name of Susan Heeger as the co-author (with Nancy Goslee Power).

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