Jennifer R. Bartley spent her childhood in the great outdoors: picking wildflowers, building forts in an old ravine, and sleeping under the stars. She savored these special childhood places and obtained from them a profound sense of nature's importance, which fostered her love of beautiful gardens that embrace a simple life connected to the landscape. Jennifer studied landscape architecture at Ohio State University, where she obtained her master's degree and has served as an adjunct professor in the design studio. She is now a private landscape designer, artist, and photographer. She has studied traditional kitchen gardens throughout France, and has created her own versions of these gardens for American chefs and gardeners devoted to fresh and local food. Jennifer is married and has five children. She enjoys digital photography, cooking for friends and family, rollerblading, growing heirloom vegetables from seed, and working in her home garden.
Throughout the book you'll find many easily made, charming garden structures, from blanching devices for rhubarb to wonderful tepees and wattle fencing. I can't wait to use them all in my own garden. Nearly every one of the chapters made me desperate to rush outside and get busy. I read this 222-page, information-packed book in one sitting. -- Vern Nelson Oregonian 20060525 Shows how the classic kitchen garden can be as beautiful as it is functional. -- Suzanne Hively Cleveland Plain Dealer 20060615 The entire book is lavishly illustrated with many color photographs and drawings that should inspire dedicated ornamental gardeners to become more involved with edible plants, so they can have their stylishness and eat it, too! HortIdeas 20060701 Check out the stunning examples in this 222-page hardback, and then consider a new edible approach using some of this book's suggestions such as enclosing the kitchen garden and planting in modules instead of straight rows. -- George Weigel Harrisburg Patriot-News 20060706 Keeping out destructive wildlife, creating winter interest, incorporating texture, color, and mood into the room partitions (walls, doorway and floor), and balancing the chaos of plants with the orderliness of structure; Bartley offers suggestions that will help the designer achieve all of these goals. -- Bobbie Schwartz Buckeye 20061101 My new favorite book from Timber Press. ... It is a great book that is helping me learn about what I am doing. -- Linda Cobb Spartanburg Herald-Journal 20070227 Jennifer Bartley shares with us her love of gardening and of growing her own food. She takes us on a journey where food is an adventure from seed to table. She shows us in this book the history of living simply and being dependent on the land for not just food, but for a balancing of body, spirit, and soul. -- Ursula Sabia Sukinik Washington Gardener 20080301 This lushly illustrated, 250-page hardback shows layouts for gardens planned to keep their visual appeal throughout the year, gardens that are virtually outdoor rooms. Shelter Island (NY) Reporter 20090326