The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour

Fast Facts 

- A best-selling Amazon title, now in its 3rd printing!

- Read a review of The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour and The California Garden Tour

- Read a Q & A with Donald Olson in OregonLive: 

- Library Journal names The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour one of the BEST REFERENCE BOOKS OF 2014

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- Sunset says, "Your must-visit list of Northwest gardens is finally organized and illustrated." 

- Visit Events page for upcoming presentations and book-signings

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Discussion on AM Northwest television show, KATU, Portland 

 The Pacific Northwest is full of glorious public gardens, in addition to nurseries and garden centers with display gardens. But how many of them do you know?

The delightfully written Pacific Northwest Garden Tour takes you to sixty of the best gardens in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. With an easy-to-use format and enticing photographs, it's an indispensable companion to one of the lushest garden belts in North America, if not the world.

Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, you’ll discover little-known gems and rediscover classic gardens—all of them filled with beauty, history, drama, and excitement.


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The California Garden Tour

New in 2017: The California Garden Tour--The 50 Best Gardens to Visit in the Golden State.

Fast Facts

-The California Garden Tour is rated 5 stars on Good Reads!

-Features a tour of California's gardens unlike any other garden guide 

-Available for purchase on Amazon 

-Visit Events page for upcoming presentations and book-signings


                      "An excellent resource for visiting California public gardens" -Santa Cruz Sentinel

                     "Lushly photographed and profiled," -San Diego Home and Garden


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.