Gardens in France (Jumbo)

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Press: Taschen (February 1, 1998)
Publication Date:1997-10
ISBN:9783822877463
Author Name:Schaewen, Deidi Von; Valery, Marie-Francoise;
Pages:340
Language:English

Content

Including public as well as previously unknown gardens, this guide provides the history, architecture and plants of each garden, classified according to region. 
An appendix includes layouts and opening times of the gardens and instructions on where to find them.

About the Author

Deidi von Schaewen, who has lived in Paris for thirty years, is a contributor to a range of international periodicals and a filmmaker, and has published numerous books. 
Her publications with TASCHEN include Indian Interiors, Fantasy Worlds, Gardens of Provence, and Inside Africa.Marie-Françoise Valéry studied English and political science before devoting herself to landscape gardening, an area in which she is a recognized expert.
She has written a large number of gardening books on various topics, as well as articles for well-known French garden and design magazines.Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986.
Working for TASCHEN from 1987 to 2010, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design, travel, and lifestyle.

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  •     This book is given a strong 4 star grade. It could have made it all the way, but sadly some pictures are not of the highest standard as they have been taken in strong sunlight and some are just badly composed and uninteresting. The print is fine though, as usual from Taschen. Another "flaw" is that the lay-out is in parts somewhat over-designed with black backgrounds dotted with details of individual plants. Pictures that look like out of a seed-catalogue when presented out of their context, their original gardens.That said, there is still enough left to fully enjoy. There are three chapters/groups of gardens: north, centre and south. About a dozen if them in each chapter, public historic ones as well as more recent private ones. And although a few of the private ones perhaps don't have as much to offer as one think they should in this company the selection is otherwise good and includes some treasures. I'm talking about the wonderful garden in Provence once created by Nicole de Vesian and the extremely simple courtyard at Limesy in Normandy to mention a few. The formal gardens at the small manor of Erignac and the grand castle of Hautefort are not often found in mainstream garden literature but can be enjoyed here.
  •     beautiful wonderful book. the gorgeous photos are inspiring for a novice gardener (like me).
  •     After leafing through this most gorgeous of gardening books, your heart will ache with an overwhelming desire to visit the "Gardens in France". 340 pages of divine photographs, showcasing more than 40 glorious gardens. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, for if a picture tells a thousand words, then the words will speak for themselves. From topiary, to palaces, to potagers... there's an idea on every page, inspiration at every turn. Gardens in France is an absolute must for any gardener. The presentation is immaculate, and the authors have avoided the temptation to tell all about the gardens, preferring to let the reader see it all instead, with huge, clear, panoramic photographs! At the back you'll also find site plans and directions to get to many of the gardens. Who could resist?
  •     As a dedicated gardener, I really looked forward to this book for inspiration and enjoyment. Somehow the publishers got the colours wrong and the whole book is a nauseating green colour in all the gardens. There should have been better quality control. However because the price is right, it still has value for learning about the different kinds of gardens in France.
  •     As Marie-Francoise Valery says in her text about Giverny, "Every gardener is a painter." And she has the photographs to prove this statement in the amazingly vivid colors of Deidi von Schaewen's powerful panoramas and intimate peeks. Never have gardens looked so good.The text for this outstanding book is printed in French, English, and German so you can choose whichever language is the easiest for you. I found the French versions to be the most engaging. The texts are quite brief to allow more room for the amazing photographs!As someone who loves gardens and often visits France, I was impressed by how many gardens I had missed. Well, no longer! My next visit will be quite different as a result of encountering this beautiful catalogue of gorgeous greenery.Naturally, you have seen Versailles and Giverny. But have you been to the Chateau d'Apremont, Chateau d'Hautefort, and Vaux-le-Vicomte?The French have long excelled at formal gardens, and you surely know Le Notre's work (lovingly displayed here). But you will also see many modern and informal gardens, as well. In fact, you will encounter humble, noble, ancient, and abstract gardens among others. These are drawn from a cross-section of France so you get the benefit of seeing what the different growing conditions permit. On the Riviera, you will see cacti while dense shrubbery in intricate designs are featured in the northern gardens.The continuity of this book is in capturing each garden at its absolute best color. Some of these gardens may only look this wonderful for five minutes, but von Schaewen succeeded in capturing those right five minutes.With over 40 gardens to examine, you will surely find some that match your tastes and mood.After you have finished examining these remarkable oases of human sensibility, I suggest that you begin inquiring about great gardens near where you live which you have never seen. Then inquire as to when is the best time to visit. Chances are, if you are like me, you have been missing great gardens not only in France, but everywhere you go.Stop and smell the roses!
 

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