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The California Garden Tour: The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State

By Donald Olson

California has a wealth of top-notch public gardens. In The California Garden Tour, veteran travel writer Donald Olson highlights 50 outstanding public gardens and provides all the information that readers will need to make the most of their visit.

This gorgeous guide includes gardens in San Francisco, the East Bay, Sonoma, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and San Diego. Gardens include iconic places like the Getty Center, new favorites like Alcatraz, and uniquely Californian destinations like Lotusland and Sunnylands. The easy-to-use format includes all the essentials (location, hours, and cost of admission), as well as a succinct, yet evocative, description of every garden. Each garden is brought to life with color photography.

Tourists, residents, and garden lovers will treasure this attractive guide as it leads them on a fantastic garden tour that only California can provide.

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Donald Olson

Donald Olson is a travel writer, novelist, and playwright with a longtime interest in gardens and gardening. His work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, and other national publications, and he is the author of several travel guides. An avid gardener himself, Olson has been exploring the great gardens of Europe and the Pacific Northwest for many years. You can visit his website at donaldstevenolson.com.

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