The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements

Every beautiful garden large or small is a composition of carefully chosen details and the choices can be daunting. The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements written by Michael and Rose Bartlett offers a practical and comprehensive compendium of inspired design details for garden enthusiasts, whether amateur or professional.

Over 1,000 photographs, taken by Michael and Rose Bartlett in 24 countries, accompany a text filled with insights into the history, design, and implementation of garden elements around the world. Whether as grand as an allée, practical as a drain, whimsical as a birdhouse, essential as a staircase, or ornamental as a sculpture, this book is the "go to" source to find hundreds of examples, all illustrated in color.

Each chapter is preceded by an informative essay on the history and evolution of the structure in question, followed by a discussion of the best way to approach its design, location, weathering, installation and maintenance. For years to come and for gardeners worldwide, this will be the standard reference, an ambitious, all-inclusive, and colorful compilation of the finest garden ornaments and elements presently available.

Includes: allées, arbors, beehives, birdhouses, bollards, boot scrapers, bridges, drains, fences, fountains, furniture, gates, gazebos, lighting, paving materials, pergolas, planters, porches, reflecting pools & ponds, sculpture & statuary, stairs, sun dials, swimming pools, topiary and walls


Michael Valentine Bartlett

Michael Valentine Bartlett, a fifth-generation landscape gardener, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and began his garden design business, Michael V. Bartlett Incorporated, in 1973. He has designed gardens for embassies, schools, churches, businesses and private residences nationwide. His work has been featured in a number of magazines including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, House and Garden, Metropolitan Home, The Washington Post Magazine, W, and Southern Living as well as in the book by David Hicks, My Kind of Garden. Michael photographed gardens throughout the world for over thirty years. He and his wife Rose Love Bartlett have lectured together, using these photographs for more than twenty-five years. This book is a collaboration with Rose offering a discussion of garden history, design and installation and includes over 1,000 photographs they have taken in gardens worldwide.


Rose Love Bartlett

Rose Love Bartlett also a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania. She worked in partnership with her husband, Michael V. Bartlett for over twenty-eight years, complementing the bones of his garden designs with flower, herb and edible plantings. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the U.S. National Arboretum for eight years. Rose planned their extensive garden travels, photographed many of the garden elements found in this book and organized the garden history and design lectures they presented as a duo. She now owns Rose’s Garden Shop in Asheville, NC that specializes in unusual plants as well as garden and nature-related antiques.

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