Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm

Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm


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“Vision, tenacity, and a perfectionist’s eye are the qualities that shine out from this account of a paradise garden created by two of America’s foremost stylists.” —Anna Pavord, author of The Curious Gardener and Landskipping

One of the most spectacular private gardens in America, Hortulus Farm is the masterpiece of Renny Reynolds and Jack Staub, renowned experts in the fields of design, gardening, and entertaining. It is beautifully captured in Chasing Eden, a lavishly illustrated roadmap to creating a personal Eden.
Hortulus Farm is a not only a model of classical tenets, but also a showcase of how traditions can be successfully broken. Gardeners will discover information on specific design principles, from vistas and allées to hardscaping and water features. They will also learn how to adapt these principles to less-than-optimal settings without sacrificing a site’s sense of place. Both aspirational and practical, Chasing Eden will inspire home gardeners to create their own earthly paradise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604698732
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 339,294
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jack Staub, popular lecturer, playwright, and avid gardener, is widely considered to be one of the country’s leading experts on edible gardening. His celebrated vegetable, herb, and fruit gardens at Hortulus Farm have been featured in a wide variety of magazines as well as a series of books.

Renny Reynolds, founder of Renny & Reed in New York City, is one of the nation’s most renowned entertaining, gardening, and lifestyle experts. His definitive book, The Art of the Party, is known as the party-planner’s bible, and his event and garden designs have been featured in shelter, garden, and lifestyle magazines.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

1 The Lay of the Land 18

2 Long Views: Vista & Axis 36

3 Land Crafting & Hardscape 62

4 Water Features 94

5 Woodlands 120

6 Open Spaces 146

7 Palette & Planting 172

8 Themed Gardens 198

9 Edible Gardens 220

Reflection 248

Index 268

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Chasing Eden: Design Inspiration from the Gardens at Hortulus Farm 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
AMGiacomasso 3 months ago
An amazing book that made me dream of a perfect garden. It's a great read and I liked the style of writing and the hints. Strongly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
kathy-bookaholic 3 months ago
It is true I enjoy gardens. I enjoy their photos and I enjoy reading about them. But by the time I was on page 32 of Chasing Eden, I was on Google looking to see just how far it would be to take a trip to Hortulus Farm and could I tour the gardens. This is not your everyday gardening book. This is a book full of flowers and plants and water. It discusses scenes, architecture, history, ideas and contains beautiful pictures. There is nothing more disappointing than a book about gardens with no pictures. This does not disappoint. So what we have here is an author who writes almost like Gladys Taber, if you are old enough to know of her. The writing is not dry, it’s chatty occasionally, giving you a history of what was and what is. How it came about and how it got to be what it is; hardships and beauty. The ideas, the design, and how they worked with what they had. I think you can gain from this in many ways. If you want to read a beautiful well-written book, this is it. If you want ideas and some design advice, it’s all here. Enjoy.