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Draw inspiration from the country’s rich floral diversity in this vibrant tour through France’s private gardens—from the rustic hamlets of Burgundy to the mountainous Alps to the island paradise of Corsica. From the verdant farmlands of Normandy to the tropical oasis of the Mediterranean coast, or from the rolling fields of poppies in Provence to the azalea bushes of the Loire Valley, gardens abound in France. Featuring the full range of garden design styles— traditional French, English, Italian, and Japanese; botanical or romantic; rock or cactus; country or contemporary—this unique tour of France through forty-four private gardens draws upon the country’s extraordinarily rich biodiversity and offers manifold ideas for the home gardener. With their singular passion, the gardeners featured here share tips and visual inspiration—from the Postimpressionist painter who created his own Giverny-inspired water-lily garden to the couple who transformed an abandoned seventeenth-century farm into a garden wonderland with regal topiaries. A medieval garden still flourishes with medicinal, aromatic, and tinctorial plants. Wisteria-laden archways add romance while French boxwood plantings add charm with formal symmetry. The incredible diversity of plants that thrive in France—from honey-suckle to aloe, peonies to irises, maples to cedars, wild herbs to cacti, dahlias to rhododendrons, hydrangeas to roses—offer inspiration for gardeners everywhere.
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Gardening, Photography, Travel
Sub-Genre: Landscape, Europe / France, Subjects + Themes / Regional
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Stephane Bern
Street Date: October 30, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-9974
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