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Chanticleer is a "pleasure garden," and perhaps America's finest small public garden. It's also only a day's drive from Ann Arbor. Almost unique among historical gardens, Chanticleer has curator/designers allowed great latitude in their planting choices and design. And every few years they switch out who is responsible for which garden within a garden, which keeps it all fresh and inspirational to home gardeners. Filled with plant selection and cultivation advice, and beautiful photographs, I think this is the gardening book of the year
— From Carla's Picks
“Delightful!” —The New York Times Book Review
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.
About the Author
R. William Thomas is the executive director of the Chanticleer Foundation. He served as executive director and head gardener for Longwood Gardens after twenty-six years in the education and horticulture departments. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin, is an avid plantsman, and writes about trees, shrubs, and vines.
“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.” —The New York Times
“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