Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens

Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens

by Jack Staub

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“An intimate tour of more than twenty stunning private gardens in Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.”—Sophisticated Living
In this book, garden design expert Jack Staub offers a tour of private country paradises in the Eastern United States boasting remarkable plant palettes and combinations. Anyone can find inspiration in these oases of beauty nestled in towns including Hudson, New York; Middleburg, Virginia; and Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
From a romantic garden with cottagey plantings that pays homage to the best of English garden vernacular to a splendid Eden where Maryland countryside meets Himalayan serenity, these garden paradises stand alone on their own terms and offer us examples of what we can all achieve with a modicum of respect, partnership, and imagination.
“Sumptuous photographs.”—The New York Times Book Review

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ISBN-13: 9781423621096
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 03/20/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 26 MB
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About the Author

Jack Staub is one of the country's leading experts on fruit and vegetable gardening. He frequently lectures on the subject, and his articles have appeared in numerous magazines and print publications, including Country Living, Fine Gardening, and The New York Times. He is also a featured guest on NPR. You can learn more about Jack and Hortulus Farms at

Rob Cardillo has been photographing gardens, plants, and the people that tend them for over twenty years. His work appears regularly in books, magazines, and advertisements. You can see more of his award-winning photography at

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The owner sums it up herself: “Can there be a better feeling than walking around one’s garden after the day’s work is done? Everyday when I ride my horse, I always finish my ride with a walk around the farm. I check the orchard, the vegetable gardens, the forest, the backside of the lilac lair. I always wonder if Thomas Jefferson felt the same joy I feel when he rode around Monticello. I can see the Hudson Highlands from the upper trail at the back of our property,
and when I walk through the orchard, I always grab a peach or a plum or an apple. Later in the day, it is likely that I will take a walk around the garden rooms. I know every plant and shrub—it is like greeting old friends. Sometimes I walk with a yellow pad to make notes of what needs to be done or changed. When I am tired or weary, I leave the pad on my desk and just enjoy the peace.” Surely we could all use a dose of that.

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Passion for Plants 9 Marshall, Virginia

Feeding the Soul 21 North Salem, New York

Water Fall 33 Lakeville, Connecticut

Stewards to History 45 Aldie, Virginia

One and One Make One 57 Hudson, New York

An Educator’s Eye 69 Southbury, Connecticut

Living Rooms 81 Potomac, Maryland

Sense of Place 93 Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

A New Perspective 105 New Preston, Connecticut

Harmonious Convergence 117 Cockeysville, Maryland

Divine Inspiration 133 Washington, Connecticut

Northern Exposure 145 Canaan, New York

Grace Land 157 Middleburg, Virginia

Revival Meeting 169 Lewisboro, New York

An American Story 181 Wrightstown, Pennsylvania

Family Connection 193 Peapack, New Jersey

Manor Reborn 203 Orange, Virginia

One Woman, One Wilderness 215 Bedford Hills, New York

Pilgrim’s Progress 225 Ashley Falls, Massachusetts

Meadow Lark 235 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Developing Interest 245 St. Davids, Pennsylvania

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