The Most Beautiful Gardens in the World
by Alain Le Touquin
This is a large, heavy, coffee table type book filled with glossy photos of over 30 gardens from all over the world. Although everyone has their own idea of what makes a garden beautiful, I guarantee there is a garden in this book that will delight your senses no matter what kind of garden style you find personally beautiful.
Some gardens included are no surprise: Versailles, Giverny, and Sissinghurst.
Other gardens are not as well known:
Iran's Bagh-e Fin, with its pools of marble,Italy's Vill Gamberaia, where Princess Ghyka "aged and her beauty faded, she cloistered herself there for the rest of her days",
Germany's Schwetzingen, which was the first to have a garden planted in a full circle.
Levens Hall, with topiaries that remind me of Alice in Wonderland (shown on the front cover), Portrack House, with its Garden of Physics, and Huntington Botanical Gardens, home to such diverse plantings as a Rose Garden, a Jungle Garden and a Desert Garden, are included in this list of varied gardens.
There are several gardens with water features. There are grottos and carved stone. There are trees. Lush plantings. Sculpture, modern and ancient. Even France's Villandry's vegetable gardens are included.
This book would make an excellent Christmas present for a gardener. The best part of the book is the numerous fold outs that show panoramic photographs. There are about a dozen of these, and they are each magnificent.
|An example of the panoramic fold outs|
A few pages of the history and a description of each garden is included. I do wish each garden's plans could have been included in the book. As big as this book is, there just wasn't enough room for a photo of every part of every garden, and having plans to illustrate the descriptions would have been helpful.
This book has introduced me to several gardens that I had never heard of before, and some that I want to learn more about. It's a wonderful introduction to some of the most beautiful gardens in the world - and what gardener wouldn't love that?
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