"Part gardening book, part history lesson, part museum souvenir, A Guide to the Smithsonian Gardens has something to offer almost everyone." Garden of Possibilities
"This guide to the Smithsonian gardens is a well-designed and thorough tour through each of the sections and the history behind them. With photos of the majestic art, sculpture and buildings, as well as the innovative and interesting plant displays, this is a book that is as much fun to casually flip through as it is to read." North Coast Gardening
"Tourists to D.C. typically see the Smithsonian museums, but how about the 28+ acres of maintained gardens around them? Most would be surprised to learn there's that much hort action going on right there on the National Mall. But straight from Smithsonian Books, the new Guide to Smithosnian Gardens by Carole Ottesen will, I hope, direct more visitors to these local treasures." Garden Rant
"Amateur and professional garden enthusiasts can enjoy this book. It provides unique plant combinations and a range of design ideas to inspire the masses. The stories will keep you reading, while the illustrations provide ideas for your next garden project." HortScience
"The gardens around the Smithsonian suite of museums feature almost every type of historical setting, from a roof top garden to classical courtyard, to roses, butterfly garden, and a native landscape complete with woods and wetlands. This indispensable guidebook, filled with rich photographs, will help you navigate around the Mall and its gardens." Chicago Botanic Garden
"With beautiful photography and wonderful descriptions of each (garden), it is enough to make the reader yearn to spend a few days in Washington, DC in order to visit them all. The gardens vary greatly – and being able to go to one city in order to see so many different types of landscapes in a short period of time adds to the appeal. From the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to the Heirloom and Victory Gardens, there is something to inspire every designer."