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The French Country Garden [Hardcover]

Louisa Jones , Gilles Le Scanff , Joelle Caroline Mayer
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23 Oct 2000
This works covers the whole of France, from Normandy to the Riviera, from Picardy to the Pyrenees, in an attempt to reveal the full extent and diversity of the modern French country garden. Organized into six themes, the gardens in this book highlight the French garden of today and the influences of history on new designs. Fashionable "grandmothers" garden combine fruits, herbs, flowers and vegetables; "gardens for the five senses" focus on sensual stimulation; "natural" gardens protect local ecosystems; and planetary" gardening shows how French gardeners are participating in worldwide exchanges of knowledge and resources. Little by little, the sedate country style has given way to modern conceptions and technical innovation and experimentation.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd (23 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500510059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500510056
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 25.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Canadian born Louisa Jones has been gardening in southern France since 1975 when she and her husband bought the old farmhouse they still inhabit. She has written some thirty books about contemporary French gardens, recently specializing in Mediterranean regions. For her first illustrated book, Gardens in Provence (1992) Louisa visited more than two hundred gardens of all styles and sizes. She found that, in the Mediterranean, there is no separation between ornamental and useful or productive gardening. Traditional Mediterranean gardening is "multiple": many pleasures, many uses for all seasons. Like Mediterranean cuisine, it is locally based and economical, but capable of great refinement; pleasure-giving, healthy and accessible to all. It has proven its capacity to maintain a durable partnership with the land. Most recently, Louisa Jones has been exploring vernacular Mediterranean landscapes, worked and fashioned by humankind for millenia, that are today biodiversity hotspots and an inspiration to gifted artists. Louisa has also published two books with leading French ecologist, Gilles Clément. She writes in both English and French, and gardens every day. She also organizes visits to private designer gardens around Avignon in April and October. See www.louisajones.fr.

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`Much from which to learn, and much to enjoy'
-- The Financial Times

About the Author

Louisa Jones's lectures, articles and books are a synonym for style in the world of contemporary gardens and gardening. Her many books include Gardens of Provence, Kitchen Gardens of France and Saveurs du Potager. Gilles Le Scanff and Joelle Mayer have been photographing gardens for more than twenty years for books and magazines such as Mon Jardin, Mon Maison. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 22 Nov 2013
Too many pictures of woodland or open spaces that could have been taken anywhere. Pretty though they may be they did not give an impression of a FRENCH garden. Some interesting topiary shots and that's it. Arrived in a few days good condition
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring book 13 Dec 2013
By Heriot
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I was disappointed as I thought this would be inspiring and full of wonderful images and also look good as a coffee table. Seriously overpriced for what it is. Book a bit outdated to be frank.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The French Country Garden 31 Mar 2008
By Robert Hopper - Published on Amazon.com
This book is worth the investment. Photographs are of high quality and there are plenty of them. Did find the book not an easy read and believe more than a couple of pages could have been devoted to each garden. Just when you want to look around a corner to see what might be next, next was another garden. All-in-all a good book and if I ever get to France will have a better idea of where to start garden touring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware-this is a reprint! 30 July 2006
By Gordon Lyn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a reprint of a hardbook in softcover form with a new cover photo. The content is wonderful but I already owned the hardcover and thought it was a "new book".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The French Country Garden Louisa Jones 14 July 2011
By Martywha - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a gardener and garden writer. I was looking for inspiration for design elements, for planting interest and I found almost nothing. The photographs are too small, too blended together, and showed very little essence of any of the gardens. Come on! I was just in Provence and with my Ipad and Iphone I have far better stories to tell of the gardens and essence of Provence.
I also bought Louisa Jones new book of new garden designs in Provence and much prefer it. I will keep this one. the other will be returned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The French Country Garden 7 Sep 2009
By Inspired Gardener - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book, in particular the in depth views of the gardeners whose gardens are discussed. I found it very appealing that several of the people(I haven't finished the book, preferring to dip in and out of it) are keen in conserving or bringing back traditional plants.

It feels like meeting and talking to people who have a similar enjoyment of gardens for plantsmanship and the pure joy of gardening.
4.0 out of 5 stars a useful and pleasant book 10 Jan 2013
By sam - Published on Amazon.com
This book successfully provides an enticing overview of its subject and offers attractive and representative pictures. In response to objections that its coverage of individual gardens is too brief, I would point out that the book's purpose is to provide an overview of a type of garden, not a collection of detailed accounts of individual gardens.
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