What Is American Potager?
American Potager is a landscape architecture firm founded with the belief that gardens can be beautiful, productive and restorative. Our designs are inspired by the grand French kitchen gardens and borrow elements of enclosure, seasonality and dependence on the garden for everyday food and flower arrangements.
We are part of the new mandate in modern garden design to create sustainable, useful and edible gardens that bring joy to the soul and bounty for the table. We create master plans for estates and intimate kitchen gardens for restaurants but always with a place to sit and enjoy the harvest.
We select the ideal brick or stone for patios, paths and walls. We design fences, gates, potting cupboards, trellises and wrought iron fruit tunnels. We are experts at selecting plants that create shade, enclosure, volume, structure, fragrance, bloom, bouquets, shelter and something to eat every day of the year.
We collaborate with clients, architects and other landscape architects on an individual basis to create outdoor garden rooms that are places of beauty and respite.
Garden Design At The Scale Of The Soul.
Jennifer R. Bartley RLA, ASLA is the founder and principal of the firm. She is a licensed landscape architect in Ohio and California and CLARB Certified. She holds an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University. Jennifer is the author of Designing the New Kitchen Garden and The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook published by Timber Press. She has written for Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening and Birds and Bloom Magazine. She frequently lectures around the country on seasonal, sustainable and edible garden design.
What Is A Potager?
The jardin potager is the French word for kitchen garden. The phrase literally means a garden for the soup pot. It’s a designed seasonal kitchen garden filled with fruits, vegetables, herbs, edible and non-edible flowers that dictates what is on the menu or plopped in a vase; the soup of the day changes based on what is growing in the garden. The potager is more than a kitchen garden; it is a philosophy of living that is dependent on the seasons and the immediacy of the garden.