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The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer Hardcover – September 23, 2015
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“Flipping through the pages of The Art of Gardening, it is abundantly clear why people visit Chanticleer, and why this book has had so much wonderful press already. . . . Those with an eye for landscape design will be especially drawn in, and home gardeners will appreciate the helpful how-to tips for ways to achieve creative planting displays at home. . . . From landscape shots to beauty shots of especially photographic cultivars, each page is a delight.” —NYBG's Plant Talk
“This is a gardener’s garden, on a scale that, incredibly, home gardeners can relate to. . . . The Art of Gardening offers plenty of down-to-earth advice.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The book provides a great escape for a winter's day: In addition to the beautiful color photos and history of the gardens, it also offers insights from the gardeners who design—and redesign—the series of interlocking gardens that make up the 35-acre whole.” —The Chicago Tribune
“Anyone who has been seduced by Chanticleer’s deft use of color, form and sculpture will find all the guidance they need.” —The Financial Times
“Even if you don’t have a garden, the book is a source of pictorial and practical inspiration and a wonderful read.” —Hortus
“A great behind-the-scenes look into this one-of-a-kind spot.” —Daily Architectural Digest
“Take-away ideas are plentiful—it really doesn’t matter on which side of ‘the pond’ you garden. . . . This is more than just a beautiful book; it is essential reading for passionate gardeners everywhere; who will become enchanted by the magic of Chanticleer.” —Gardens Illustrated
“If you have ever wondered how to translate something you see at a public garden for your home landscape, this inspiring book offers numerous ideas.” —Country Gardens
“You’ll see and learn about top no-fail plants and fussier varieties worth the effort. You’ll also take away design ideas you can use in your own yard.” —GROW
“If gardening as pure pleasure is your desire, you'll definitely want to spend some time with The Art of Gardening. . . . this book is a must for anyone open to the sheer possibilities of gardening.” —Garden Design Online
“There are oodles of practical design ideas that home gardeners can actually accomplish on a smaller scale. . . . The book is sumptuously illustrated and will help both the beginner and experienced grower design a garden that is filled with great plants and little surprises.” —Lancaster County Magazine
“The individual and unique voices expound on topics that are both useful and translatable to all gardens, making for a satisfying read. It is one of the few gardening books I have read from cover to cover in a single sitting. . . . It is a must for any serious gardener.” —Pacific Horticulture
From the Back Cover
But Chanticleer isn’t just a place to marvel at. It also offers practical lessons for re-creating some of the gardens’ most spectacular effects in your own home landscape. Whether your goal is a spectacular display of spring bulbs, a drought-tolerant border bursting with color, or container plantings that dazzle the eye, you’ll find a unique blend of inspiration and practical craft in every chapter.
Chanticleer owes much of its success to the creative freedom it allows the individual gardeners, and in these pages you’ll hear their voices as they reveal the techniques specific to different conditions and plant palettes; how to experiment successfully; and how to achieve the perfect union between plant and site. Whether you’re already under Chanticleer’s spell or have yet to visit, The Art of Gardening will enable you to share in the special magic that pervades this most artful of gardens.
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Chanticleer is a pleasure garden and all of the gardeners are artists creating in paint, wood, stone, metal, clay and plants. Their work is intricately woven into this beautiful place. Their inspiring prose and shared ideas make you love gardens even more. The book focuses on design and plants. My copy is conveniently digital. The hardback edition is so beautiful it begs for prime placement in your home. The Chanticleer property is a1976 gift of Adolph & Janet Rosengarten Jr. They created a foundation establishing the mission of the garden to “Operate the property as a beautiful public garden, maintain the house as a museum and educate amateur and professional gardeners.” Adolph wrote “One of the great joys of my life has been gardening. It’s a wonderful way to express yourself. To create a garden is to search for a better world.” If this is your goal, this is your book.