Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago

Explores the rich tradition of gardening along the shore of Lake Michigan from Evanston to Lake Bluff

Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Photographs by Scott Shigley


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Explores the rich tradition of gardening along the shore of Lake Michigan from Evanston to Lake Bluff, including the well-known towns of Winnetka, Highland Park, and Lake Forest.

In Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago, avid gardener and preservationist Benjamin Lenhardt offers an insider's glimpse at the creativity, diversity, and beauty of these gardens, showcasing a region not often publicized for its landscaping talents, but rich with extraordinary examples.

Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago features twenty-five private gardens—many published here for the first time. Engaging descriptions based on detailed interviews with the garden owners provide personal and historical context and background about the properties and their designers. Lush photographs by noted landscape photographer Scott Shigley create a rich visual narrative making it a must for Chicago and Midwest residents, as well as garden enthusiasts and professionals worldwide.

Documenting gardens is one of the best forms of preservation. All the royalties from the publication of Gardens of the North Shore of Chicago will go to the Garden Conservancy to support their mission to preserve outstanding American gardens.


Format: Hardback
Size: 305 x 229 mm (12 x 9 in)
Pages: 240 pp
Illustrations: 225 illustrations
ISBN: 9781580935319C

Benjamin F. Lenhardt was chair from 2011 to 2018. Lenhardt also serves on the boards of Drayton Hall, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Preservation Society of Charleston, and the Chicago Botanic Garden. He is a contributor to Gardening Masterclass (Rizzoli, 2020).

Scott Shigley is a well-known landscape photographer based in Chicago. He is the principal photographer for Movement and Meaning: The Landscapes of Hoerr Schaudt (Monacelli, 2016), among many publications.


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