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From window sills and balconies to small town gardens and country estates, vegetable gardens that are both beautiful and productive have their roots in ancient tradition but are as relevant and fresh today as Marylyn Abbott traces the history of the potager around the world and discusses its interpretation by contemporary designers. As well as inspirational photography, there is practical advice on planning, designing and using a potager that is both productive and beautiful, as well as clever advice on making the most of smaller spaces such as patios and containers. A glossary of details gives information on the many decorative and useful aspects that can be incorporated into a potager. This title explores the resurgence of interest in ancient ways of producing natural foods and remedies from herbs, vegetables, fruit and flowers, and reflecting contemporary interest in all things natural, pure and organic. they were a thousand years ago.
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It was at one time the preserve of only a few; now, the potager, or decorative kitchen garden, tradition that originated in France over a thousand years ago has become working practice for gardeners all over the world. This captivating book demonstrates that gardens based on these design and planting techniques boast arrangements of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are among the finest ever created.
This volume conveys the enduring appeal of these historically based gardens and describes how the integration of structured design with carefully balanced, color, texture and pattern can produce an extraordinary outdoor space.
Among the topics discussed and illustrated are:
-- Medieval garden designs
-- Traditional interpretations
-- Adding a personal touch
-- Planning a jardin potager
More than 100 full-color photographs illustrate the glories of the potager style and the principles that will help you devise gardens that work well and suit your needs. Detailed profiles demonstrate the virtues of strategic planting; tips give practical advice; and ideas for designs offer an abundance of inspiration.About the Author:
Marylyn Abbott was brought up in Australia. After 16 years as the tourism and marketing manager for Sydney Opera House, she left to devote herself to her gardens in Australia (Kennerton Green, the country's most visited garden) and the UK (West Green House, now open to the public after 5 years of restoration). Her book Gardening with Light and Colour is also published by Kyle Cathie.
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Book Description Kyle Cathie, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1856263673