Designing the New Kitchen Garden

An American Potager Handbook

By Jennifer R. Bartley

Most gardeners know how rewarding it is to harvest ripe, sun-warmed tomatoes or pungent herbs straight from the garden. But those pleasures can be multiplied a hundredfold by creating a garden that is not only productive, but also a beautiful, well-integrated part of the home landscape. In this handsome volume, Jennifer Bartley shows how the traditional features of the classic kitchen garden, or potager, can be adapted to contemporary American needs and conditions. The book is informed by her conviction that the nurturing, preparing, and eating of fresh, home-grown vegetables contributes enormously both to our ties with the natural world and our ties to each other. Copiously illustrated with photographs and with the author's delightful watercolors, Designing the New Kitchen Garden offers the perfect blend of inspiration and practical guidance.

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“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

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May 08, 2006