Gardening Books

Macdonald, Janet: The Ornamental Kitchen Garden (12529)

David & Charles 1st 1994
4to, F/VG++ 750 gms
(Order reference 12529).

Ornate kitchen gardens (or potagers) have a long and fascinating history. Travellers
returning to Europe from the Americas in the fifteenth century brought with them new and exotic edible plants, relishing them for their appearance and their culinary usefulness. They grew these close to their homes where they could see and display them, arranged in formal patterns for decorative effect. This unusual book will inspire both the gardener and the designer to continue this ancient tradition.

Janet Macdonald has written an authoritative guide to creating an ornamental kitchen garden which is as exciting as it is practical. Divided into three parts, the opening section features well-known modern potagers. It sets the scene, providing a resource for the imaginative reader and the serious gardener. The following two parts are practical and focus on planning and planting, giving detailed advice on all you need to know to create your own potager. The lavish photographs of contemporary potagers will appeal to all.

Combine the glorious colours and textures of fruit and vegetables with the intricacies of a formal planned garden and you will discover the ancient secrets of the potager: what pleases the eye will also tempt the appetite.