I am a lover of beautiful gardens. I also lived in Spain for some time and know quite a few of its gardens well. For anyone who loves Spain, its gardens or wants to get to know them better, this is a great book to own, read and then visit the gardens. It is a coffee table book with coffee table photos but the sumptuous photography and descriptions go beyond coffee table. Big tomes are rather difficult to carry around and equally difficult to take to bed. This one has therefore stayed on my work desk, where I cast furtive glances of longing. I can feel the heat burning the pages, days in Sevilla at 46°C. I know I belong in quiet courtyards with trickling water and peace. I can touch the history, the lush growth, the aristocratic nature that belongs to many of these gardens. Spanish gardens are far too overlooked. So I was so pleased to wallow in 40 Spanish gardens and to be able to keep a small piece of each of them, lovingly on my work desk. The photographer is Eduardo Mencos, whose book Hidden Gardens of Spain should be familiar to anyone looking at Spanish gardens. This book made me long to visit each garden, even the ones I knew well, to re-discover them. If that is not possible, I'm grateful to the author and photographer for bringing Spanish gardens into my home. The publisher has done an excellent job with this. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.