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Adventures in Eden: An Intimate Tour of the Private Gardens of Europe (Hardcover)

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"Adventures in Eden''  is a book with photographic tours of fifty European gardens-about forty percent of them from the UK and Ireland. I'm reading one profile a day, which should take me to spring in my own garden. There are a handful of reasons that this is one of the very best garden coffee table books that I've seen.  First, the gardens chosen are relatively modern and modest gardens which, although not part of the RHS or National Trust, still have a habit of opening to the public, whether from private tours or open garden days. Several of these gardeners have lectured in Michigan (Peter Korn was just in Ann Arbor a few years ago).  Second, Mullett is a long practicing garden designer from the US, aware of plant combinations, and plant palettes attractive to particularly American gardeners, which makes this book have greater appeal than just eye candy. Much of what she shows can be done at some level in our gardens. The garden art is often from repurposed objects or architectural salvage. Although the formal boxwood and yew topiary is not as much of our tradition, we know from American Pearl Fryar what can be done in one generation. The US hardiness range for these European gardens is 3-9, with particularly a lot of zone 6-8, so many of the gardeners' favored plants are perfectly hardy in your garden or microclimate. Mullett is also a good writer, and her essays add a lot to your understanding of each garden. But critical for this book, she is writing this from the perspective of a garden tour guide, with a great talent for both taking and selecting other people's photographs. The gardens are featured at all distances: the middle, plant or garden art close ups, borrowed landscapes. I don't think that I have ever seen a more well selected group of photographs for a collection of gardens. Don't take my word for it.  The author has a facebook account "Garden Design with Carolyn Mullet" with over 1.6 million followers.

— From Carla's Picks


A bucket list tour of Europe’s private gardens

Acres of white-blooming garden rooms on the island of Mallorca. A seven-tiered wonder of stone, plants, and water above Germany’s Rhine River. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in a quiet Scottish valley. These sumptuous landscapes are just three of the fifty destinations you’ll visit on this exclusive tour of Europe’s most beautiful private gardens. From Belgium to Ireland, Scandinavia to Wales, Carolyn Mullet is your guide through intimate retreats normally off-limits to visitors. Short profiles introduce the intriguing owners and rich histories of each garden and the land they inhabit. Among the featured gardens are works of eminent designers such as Tom Stuart-Smith, Andy Malengier, and Louis Benech.

Whether you love exploring faraway places or creating your own landscape haven at home, Adventures in Eden is the ideal armchair getaway—glimpses into personal garden artistry that are sure to spark inspiration.

About the Author

Carolyn Mullet is a prominent landscape designer and the founder of Carex, a garden design and consulting agency in the Washington, D.C., area. She is also the principal of Carex Tours, which has quickly gained a reputation for offering the best-planned, most discerning, and most exciting garden tours anywhere. Find her at

Praise For…

“Homebound gardeners will be dazzled.” —Publishers Weekly

“United by plant-led design, the well-chosen examples include the private domains of Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith, and others created by Europe’s horticultural elite. Each is generously illustrated and accompanied by a short but insightful text that tells the story of the garden’s creation.” —House & Garden

“A captivating guide to gorgeous gardens, each as diverse as its origins, each as lovely as the other.” —The Oregonian

“Enjoy Adventures in Eden for pure escapism, but this wonderful new release also offers attainable inspiration for creating or reimagining your own private garden space.”Winnipeg Free Press

“From Belgium to Ireland, Scandinavia to Wales, Carolyn Mullet is your guide through glorious gardens that are normally off-limits to visitors. It’s the ideal armchair getaway.” —Garden Answers

“A richly illustrated tour of 50 private contemporary gardens across Europe, chosen and led by landscape designer Carolyn Mullet.” —Gardens Illustrated

“A sumptuous, utterly escapist hardback featuring all the most beautiful gardens in the UK and Europe we could possibly dream of visiting… This book makes a wonderful substitute for travel in these difficult times.” —The English Garden

Adventures in Eden offers a way to get a glimpse of far-off garden perfection from the comfort and safety of home… readers will find much inspiration in both the words and images, as well as plenty of planting and design ideas to adapt at home.” —Horticulture
“This book might just inspire you to live out your own extravagant garden fantasies by starting your own.” —The Washington Gardener
Product Details
ISBN: 9781604698466
ISBN-10: 1604698462
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: December 8th, 2020
Pages: 332
Language: English