Sidewalk Gardens of New York has photographs by Betsy Pinover Schiff, a foreword by Adrian Benepe and text by Alicia Whitaker.
Described by the New York Times as a "champion of gardens in New York," Betsy Pinover Schiff has been photographing urban plantings and chronicling the "greening" of the city for nearly two decades. Once limited to private spaces and elite neighbourhoods, these plantings now proliferate throughout the boroughs, enhancing the streetscape throughout the city. Sidewalk Gardens of New York presents the range of possibilities: tree beds, planters and flowering baskets, lush medians that mitigate the frenzy of the street; plazas and pocket parks offering respite to pedestrians; building plantings that create a transition between public and private; community gardens; and the major parks and gardens that are newly planted along the waterfront. Informative text by horticulturalist Alicia Whitaker describes strategies for successful planting and garden design in the harsh urban environment.
Movement and Meaning: The Landscape of Hoerr Schaudt, by Hoerr Schaudt with Douglas Brenner tells how over the past 20 years, the principals of Chicago-based Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects have been acknowledged innovators in landscape architecture, winning numerous awards for their private estates, urban public spaces, academic campuses, green roofs, commercial developments, cultural institutions, and recreational destinations. Their long focus on innovative horticulture and particular attention to seasonality put them at the forefront of this now-popular, industry-wide focus. Their prominent public landscapes include the Michigan Avenue median planters, Tiffany Celebration Garden, and Daley Plaza in Chicago, the McGovern Centennial Gardens in Houston, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Soldier Field/Burnham Park in Chicago, the Buckhead Atlanta retail complex, the University of Chicago’s Botany Pond, and the rejuvenation of Mies van der Rohe’s campus plan for the Illinois Institute of Technology, among many others, including recent projects in China. They have also designed private gardens throughout the Midwest and in California, Rhode Island, and Antigua.