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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812242742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812242744
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian Higgins is Garden Editor at the Washington Post and the author of The Secret Gardens of Georgetown: Behind the Walls of Washington's Most Historic Neighborhood and The Washington Post Garden Book: The Ultimate Guide to Gardening in Greater Washington and the Mid-Atlantic Region. Rob Cardillo has been photographing gardens and the people who tend them for the past twenty years. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, American Gardener, and Organic Gardening, among many other publications.

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Foreword
R. William Thomas, Executive Director and Head Gardener

This book is a testament to the people who have made Chanticleer. To Adolph and Christine Rosengarten, who purchased the property, built the home, and raised two children who would grow up to love the place. To their son, Adolph, Jr., who loved the trees, lawns, homes, and spirit of the site so much he left it to be a public garden. He endowed it well and trusted the Board of Directors he appointed and the staff he and they hired to develop the property into something special. To his wife, Janet, who tended her own personal flower garden outside her husband's library window and advised him to preserve the land, inspiring the Foundation's creation.

To the members of the Board of Directors, who manage the money wisely, set policies carefully, who love the garden enough to trust its operation to a skilled and talented staff, and who know each employee's name. To Christopher Woods, Chanticleer's first Executive Director, who transformed a pretty estate into an amazing pleasure garden. And, finally, to the staff, who have designed the garden, made it visually and sensually exciting, and built the furniture, the bridges, and the drinking fountains.

On his first visit to the gardens, writer Adrian Higgins understood Chanticleer. He recognized its liveliness, and he comprehended the artistry and continual reinvention of the site. He witnessed the love and devotion the staff incorporates into every aspect of the place. He visited regularly and spoke with each person. He has ably conveyed into words the uniqueness of Chanticleer.

Rob Cardillo has photographed Chanticleer for many years now. He enthusiastically embraced this project, capturing a year in images. Living nearby, he came whenever the light was just right, the garden at the stage he wanted. I would often see him while I was on an early morning or late afternoon walk. He was tenacious about capturing a particular image and with his inquisitive eye he has made many stunning views of the garden.

Accurately encapsulating a garden in words and images is an agreeable but daunting task —and nearly impossible. A garden is multidimensional, having visual and textural depth complemented with sounds and smells. It is an ephemeral place, changing daily, with plants coming into and out of bloom, and by the moment, as the sun goes behind a cloud, a breeze blows, a bird chirps. For this difficult task, we have two amazing artists to portray the garden. Welcome to Chanticleer!

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By gigi on May 12, 2011
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I visit Chanticleer often, living nearby, and had to own this book for my personal library. I read it slowly to fully absorb it. The photography is beautifully done and the text is well written. It is a very realistic portrait of one of the most beautiful gardens on the East Coast or perhaps the USA!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Perry T. Boulter on January 9, 2013
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If you can't visit the book offers a great understanding of the mansion, its history, and gardens. A little more photography would have provided more eye candy, but can't show everything off, otherwise no one would visit. Buy the book, visit the mansion, tour the gardens, support the efforts of that wonderful staff. You will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Wuillermin on August 16, 2014
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Having seen the Garden a few times I gave the book to a fellow gardener and she absolutely adores it. The photography is beautiful and does Chanticleer great justice.
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By Paul Chellappa on February 23, 2015
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Pricey but good shape
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By kathleen P on January 11, 2015
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great book
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