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Gardens in France: Les Plus Beaux Jardins De France (Taschen 25th Anniversary) Hardcover – 7 Mar 2008

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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; 25th edition (7 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836503093
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836503099
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 3 x 32.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Easterby on 19 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reproductions are a bit over saturated and hence the photography is uninspiring.
The gardens themselves are all a bit fussy and formal for my taste.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A stunning source of inspiration 13 May 1998
By - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An Essential Resource for Visiting the Best French Gardens 14 Nov 2000
By Donald Mitchell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A disappointemnt. 26 Jun 2008
By Lynnette Callan - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
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