Rae Spencer-Jones studied horticulture before joining the editorial team of Gardens Illustrated magazine in the U.K. Now a freelance horticultural journalist, Ms. Spencer-Jones's articles appear in a wide range of publications, including London's Daily Telegraph and The Times.
"Vast compendiums are often best avoided, but 1001 Gardens You must see before You Die, is an exception Original and far ranging, this Edenic grouping stretches across nearly every continent.'"
--Town & Country, December 2007 '"Most of the entries have pictures, though to me the most interesting gardens are those that cannot be captured in one image. The landscapes that seem to give their all in one sitting, or rely on a lot of bedding annuals for color, those are the one that I will try to live without. In that sense, the book is valuable as well.'" --Washington Post, May 6, 2007, Adrian Higgins '"'...the latest book fad is'...the ubiquitous ''1,001 things to see before you die'' category. It''s Chicken Soup for the Crazed Urbanite soul.'" --New York Post, July 23, 2007, Mackenzie Dawson '"From the publishing house that already has brought us 1001 Natural Wonders You Must See Before You Die and 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die comes this sumptuous, 960-page ode to the great gardens of the world. Even those without green fingers will relish the book''s bright photography and, more so, the love and dedication show throughout by horticulturists and garden-lovers.'" --Car & Travel, June 2007 '"Eye candy for anyone awed by natural beauty'... Simply flipping through these pages will have you planning ways to incorporate various styles into your own garden, and maybe even making a few vacation plans. A great Mother''s Day gift for moms who like to dig.'" --Newsday, May 20, 2007, Jessica Damiano '"This beautifully designed if hefty resource serves as the ultimate garden-based vacation-planning guide for lovers of paradise landscapes and flourishing green space. '....Surely the best compendium to date for both the botanically inclined armchair traveler who likes to dream and the intrepid sojourner preparing for a tour.'" --Booklist, March 15, 2007 '"It''s not quite a life list, of the sort that birders keep, but 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die'...fees the same sort of drive to go out and look. Its immediate effect on me: I really, really want to go to Kyoto. '...organized geographically, a benefit for readers plotting a grand garden tour.'" --Bookpage , March 2007