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Designing the New Kitchen Garden: An American Potager Handbook (Hardcover)

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A beautiful and bountiful food garden starts here. 

The pleasures of growing your own food can be multiplied by creating a garden that is not only productive, but also a beautiful, well-integrated part of your home landscape. In Designing the New Kitchen Garden, Jennifer Bartley shows how the traditional features of the classic kitchen garden, or potager, can be adapted to contemporary needs and conditions. Throughout, the book is informed by Bartley’s conviction that the nurturing, preparing, and eating of home-grown vegetables greatly enhances our connection to the natural world. Copiously illustrated with photographs and with the author's delightful watercolors, Designing the New Kitchen Garden is the perfect blend of inspiration and practical guidance.

About the Author

Jennifer R. Bartley is a registered landscape architect and founder of the design firm, American Potager LLC. She holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University. Her photographs of traditional potagers inspire audiences to create their own modern, seasonal, and ornamental kitchen gardens. Bartley lectures on potager design, garden design, and seasonal living.

Praise For…

“Jennifer Bartley shares with us her love of gardening and of growing her own food. She takes us on a journey where food is an adventure from seed to table. She shows us in this book the history of living simply and being dependent on the land for not just food, but for a balancing of body, spirit, and soul.” —Washington Gardener
“The entire book is lavishly illustrated with many color photographs and drawings that should inspire dedicated ornamental gardeners to become more involved with edible plants, so they can have their stylishness and eat it, too!” —HortIdeas

“Throughout the book you’ll find many easily made, charming garden structures, from blanching devices for rhubarb to wonderful tepees and wattle fencing. I can’t wait to use them all in my own garden. Nearly every one of the chapters made me desperate to rush outside and get busy. I read this 222-page, information-packed book in one sitting.” —The Oregonian

“My new favorite book from Timber Press. . . . It is a great book that is helping me learn about what I am doing.” —Spartanburg Herald-Journal

“Keeping out destructive wildlife, creating winter interest, incorporating texture, color, and mood into the room partitions (walls, doorway and floor), and balancing the chaos of plants with the orderliness of structure; Bartley offers suggestions that will help the designer achieve all of these goals.” —Buckeye

“Shows how the classic kitchen garden can be as beautiful as it is functional.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“This lushly illustrated, 250-page hardback shows layouts for gardens planned to keep their visual appeal throughout the year, gardens that are virtually outdoor rooms.” —Shelter Island (NY) Reporter
“Check out the stunning examples in this 222-page hardback, and then consider a new edible approach using some of this book’s suggestions such as enclosing the kitchen garden and planting in modules instead of straight rows.” —Harrisburg Patriot-News

Product Details
ISBN: 9780881927726
ISBN-10: 0881927724
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: May 8th, 2006
Pages: 222
Language: English