Seventy one gardens indicated by the title have been chosen from a winnowing of some 15,000 miles of driving, from the Deep South to the far northeast, across the midwest into the tip of the northwest, down the west coast and back across the southwest with a sampling everywhere of gardens, public and private. The result is a collection of beautiful photographs, indicating the variety of types of gardens- the richness of their offerings for the public viewing- and, with the text accompanying them, the generosity of public spirited citizens who have made these public gardens possible. What falls to come through is any particular sense of these gardens representing anything specifically characteristic of the United States. There are many gardens tropically lush, even in areas where the material used was not native; there are evidences of Japanese influence- not confined to the Pacific Coast; there is, perhaps, less of the English garden influence than one might expect. But the end impression is that our public gardens are a melting pot of many influences -- rather than representing our own regional characteristics. The arrangement is alphabetical; the index alphabetical by states. There will be ten illustrations in full color, not available at this time. The seventy one gardens represented are shown in two or more photographs each.