The French Country Garden

The French Country Garden : New Growth on Old Roots

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In France today, the heritage of classic parterres and landscaped parks, of botanical enquiry and family kitchen gardens, provides an inspiration for fresh delights and creativity. Louisa Jones has been exploring this heritage ever since she acquired an old farmstead in southern France nearly 30 years ago. For this book, she invited the hugely talented French photographers Gilles Le Scanff and Joelle Caroline Mayer to join her on an odyssey that took them from Normandy to the Riviera, the Loire to the Pyrenees, to reveal the full extent of the Renaissance in French country gardens. Richly diverse, these gardens have been sensitively organised into six themes appealing to every taste. Highly fashionable `Grandmothers'Gardens' combine fruits, herbs, flowers and vegetables in seemingly haphazard displays to offer nostalgic visions of cottage-style family life.`Gardens for the Five Senses', inspired by the medieval and Renaissance past, focuses on sensual stimulation.The `Passion for Plants' is exhibited in exotic, beautiful and novel planting schemes. `Formal Fancies' take the elegance of the classical parterre but endow it with contemporary wit and fantasy. `Nature'sWays' emphasizes the protection of natural biotypes and regional landscapes. And `Planetary Perspectives' shows how French gardeners are giving their own creative gloss to worldwide exchanges of knowledge and resources.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 250 x 250 x 12.45mm | 880g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • 0500285209
  • 9780500285206
  • 35,916

Table of contents

Introduction: French Gardens Today * I. French Country Gardens * 2. Celebration of the Senses * 3. A Passion for Plants * 4. Formal Fancies * 5. Nature's Ways * 6. Planetary Perspectives
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'Stunning... a beautiful and sensuous book' - Irish Post 'A very beautiful and uplifting read' - Evening Post
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About Louisa Jones

Louisa Jones has lived in southern France for nearly forty years. She is the author of many books on gardens and landscape. She is the author of many books on gardens and landscape, including Kitchen Gardens of France, The French Country Garden, Reinventing the Garden and The Garden Visitor's Companion. Clive Nichols is one of the world's most
successful flower and garden photographers, and in 2005 was voted
Garden Photographer of the Year by the Garden Writers Guild.
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