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The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer

By The Chanticleer Gardeners and R. William Thomas

Photographs by Rob Cardillo

In this delightful book, the staff gardeners are full of advice ... that will be useful in any size garden.

New York Times

Discover a world of beauty and creativity! Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. It is a place of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. And now those lessons are available for everyone in this stunning book! You’ll learn techniques specific to different conditions and plant palettes; how to use hardscape materials in a fresh way; and how to achieve the perfect union between plant and site. And Rob Cardillo’s exquisite photographs of exciting combinations will be sure to stimulate your own creativity. Whether you’re already under Chanticleer’s spell or have yet to visit, The Art of Gardening will enable you to bring the special magic that pervades this most artful of gardens into your own home landscape.

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Media reviews

"In this delightful book, the staff gardeners are full of advice—on using small evergreens for screens, deploying bursts of color, choosing plants for dry shade—that that will be useful in any size garden, even one where you’re the only gardener on staff."

New York Times

"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."

Philadelphia Inquirer

"Through this book, we learn that at Chanticleer, there is care and consideration everywhere.…You will also find no dearth of botanical plant names here; they are generously and accurately used, ensuring the reader knows exactly what to procure to achieve the same effect in their own garden. Highly recommended."

Ottawa Citizen

"A great behind-the-scenes look into this one-of-a-kind spot."

Daily AD (Architectural Digest Blog)

"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."

Chicago Tribune

"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.…A must for any serious gardener."

Pacific Horticulture

"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

"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."

Philadelphia Inquirer

About the authors

R. William Thomas

R. William Thomas is the executive director of the Chanticleer Foundation. Thomas came to Chanticleer after a 26-year career at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where he worked in various roles in horticulture, design, and education.

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