The highlight of a great week in garden events for me was the book launch party at Chanticleer Garden, hands down, for the chance 9781604695441lto see the garden again (my fifth visit, and not my last), and to meet and greet the authors and photographer. Plus, Chanticleer and Timber Press know how to throw a party. (Excellent spread, perfect weather after a week of cold and rain. Sure, why not give them credit for that.)

The book, The Art of Gardening, celebrates not just a superb public garden but also the gardeners who create and care for it. It’s written by top gardener Bill Thomas and his team, pictured here with photographer Rob Cardillo on the far left.

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In an earlier post I recommended the book and also a super-duper contest where two lucky winners would enjoy “luxury accommodations, premier dining,” and of course the launch party. And dammit, I wanted to interview the winners at the party and I forgot all about it.

A more conscientious gardenblogger than I would also have photographed all the boozing and socializing she witnessed throughout the event, then posted the photos here, just like in the social pages of the New York Times, but after the official photo-op (above) it didn’t occur to me to photograph any more people. Honestly, I hate having my own photo taken, and I don’t want to be that person at every event forcing people to endure it.  Not to mention that it’s more fun to partay than to document the fun.

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I did make time to tour the garden, of course, and these are my (admittedly over-exposed) favorites.  Above, I want that pot!

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Tis the season for pink muhley grass.

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The cutting garden was at its best, too, and certainly its tallest. In the background is the entrance to the vegetable garden.

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One of the unique features of Chanticleer is its Serpentine Garden, created with different crops each year. This year it was artichoke (center) and rapeseed (reddish, on the right).

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Even turfgrass can be artful.

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So can a potting shed.

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And a ladies room.