The ornamental vegetable garden has a long and illustrious history. The most famous example is maintained at Versailles, where the "Sun King," Louis the XIV, commissioned landscape gardener Jean Baptiste de la Quintinie to design the Potager du Roi. La Quintinie developed many of the fruit and vegetable pruning systems still used today, and many of his design elements are still used in "potagers" (as ornamental vegetable gardens have come to be known) around the world.
In this lavish book illustrates the design and planting of a potager, esthetics and practicality combine to create a space that is both beautiful to look at and produces a delicious bounty.The book offers practical information on design and planting; construction such as laying pathways and edging, building raised beds and compost bins, and erecting espalier frames and plant supports; plans for traditional ground layouts and advice on style and design, hedges and enclosures.
In this age of smaller gardens, the book includes a special section on the creation of a tiny space or "no soil" garden, with a range of vegetables suitable for container planting.
Essential horticultural practices such as crop rotation, green manures, composting, and continuity of produce are examined and incorporated with simplicity and practicality, as are concepts such as companion planting and organic management.
Above all, this book champions the concept that growing food need not be a strictly utilitarian process, but one that is also highly creative.
About the Authors:
Diana Anthony lives in New Zealand where her name is synonymous with gardening and horticulture, as a regular contributor on the subject to several of her country's major newspapers and lifestyle magazines. Her work is seen regularly in England and Australia.
Gil Hanly is New Zealand's best known garden photographer. She has photographed some of the world's most beautiful gardens, many of which are in this book.
|Publisher:||Warwick House Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)|