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Ninfa: The Most Romantic Garden in the World Hardcover – 29 Oct 2009


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; First Edition edition (29 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711230471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711230477
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 25.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frances Lincoln is to be congratulated for adding this book to its list of inexpensive, fluently written and generously illustrated garden history books. (Art Newspaper)

Ritson's book amplifies what has hithertoe passed as Ninfa's garden history and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in great landscape and the ways in which a garden of genius evolves in a family. (Robin Lane Fox Financial Times)

Allows you to imagine you're in Italy and wandering around this glorious place. (Daily Mail)

This is an exceptional book, imbued with a deep affection for the place and the people associated with Ninfa. The gentleness of tone which arises from this is a rare delight for the reader. (BBC Gardens Illustrated)

Talk of roses (and romanticism) leads, of course, to Ninfa, the gardened ruins of a medieval town south of Rome. It now has a book to itself by Charles Quest-Ritson, an Englishman whose passion for roses and for Italian gardens has few equals. (Oldie)

I agree with the idea that Ninfa, just south of Rome, is probably "the most romantic garden on earth", and that is the proposal of Charles Quest-Ritson, who has been connected with the garden for many years. Ninfa is the garden's beautifully illustrated biography. (Times)

An excellent come-on for escapists. (Independent)

In this well-researched, beautiful and engaging book, Mr Quest-Ritson lays out all the wonders of Ninfa… Anyone with a true interest in gardening will find much to interest them in this book, which celebrates Ninfa in all its seasons, colours and shades. So, too, will anybody with an interest in the romance of ruins or the philosophy of active conservation of landscape and beauty. (Country Life)

It's a book that should come with a health warning - once you've read it you wont be satisfied until you've visited the place! (Professional Gardener)

This superbly illustrated book will serve to remind us of an extraordinary garden at the height of its glory. (Literary Review)

The book creates a great desire to experience the garden for oneself. (Cornwall Gardens Trust Journal)

Aided by lovely photographs, many his own, Quest-Ritson describes, in words as translucent as the waters which flow through the site, the process of Ninfa's creation and the way its harmony is kept in balance. (Historic Gardens Review)

About the Author

Charles Quest Ritson is uniquely qualified to write about Ninfa. He has been studying the garden, its history, plants and management for more than twenty years. He has lectured all over the world on Ninfa and is an honorary founding member of the International Friends of Ninfa. He is an internationally acclaimed writer on gardens, roses, history and Italy. His books include: The English Garden Abroad, The English Garden - A Social History and Climbing Roses of the World.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Feb. 2010
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This is an interim review as I have just received this book an hour ago (and by the way, today is Friday, I ordered it on Wednesday and they said delivery would be Monday, so how's that for speed!), and have only had time to look at the photographs so far. And what photographs! Just beautiful, and very inviting - as my title says, I must go there. I am so looking forward to reading the text, as the little snippets I peeked at were very interesting. So when I've read the book as well, I shall post another review. The whole book is sumptuous, large format, glorious photograps and all on luxuriously glossy paper. Thank you Charles Quest-Ritson for producing this delight, and thank you mummy and daddy for giving me money to 'buy a potplant or something' when I had my hip op.

I have now read this book - text as well as pictures - and the text did not disappoint, I absolutely love it. It is fascinating to read of the constant ownership changes a small piece of land in the centre of Italy has had, due to its being right on the boundaries of land belonging to a couple of very powerful families. I am sure there are many other villages all over Italy which have suffered the same fate, but probably not any other which have been brought to life again in this way. I wish the italians would organise themselves and become more socially aware rather than looking after number one only, then perhaps it would be possible for more of the history of Italy (as opposed to the elite parts such as Florence, Venice, Rome etc. etc.)to be preserved and shown off to the rest of the world. They don't seem to care in the same way as the northern europeans do about their own history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bell on 6 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
Gave this book to my parents as a present as they had recently visited the gardens of Ninfa. They said it was as good as the real thing. Makes me want to go and visit too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hettie on 3 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book with pictures that really bring back perfect memories of a visit to this most beautiful place this October. A feast for the eyes.
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By brian d bracknell on 16 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am delighted with my purchase, this book is all that I expected and more. The text is interesting and informative and the photographs are a delight. A pleasure to own.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Chandler on 24 Feb. 2010
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This book seems trapped by some academic conventions that cannot be made to happily coexist. It offers a well written account of the 2000 years of history that lies behind the present day garden, but then it does not cover the Roman Nymphaeum or the geology and topography of the area with diagrams. It then offers a more recent family history that strays into biography, but these parts seem to be an obligation as very little of the owners' work is decisively linked to the planning of the garden. The third convention after history and biography is garden journalism. But this is the most underachieved part. The key to this is the unusual poverty of the plans and diagrams which are at times just unreadable. So we have no guide to the whereabouts of significant plants, shrubs trees etc., no guide to important vistas and points of view, no guide to seasonal displays, no comprehensive guide to the architecture that is still clearly in evidence.
The result is a series of pedestrian but not "romantic" photos with captions embedded in a series of superficial chapters that recall a National Trust Magazine or Country Life article in hardback covers.I was surprised to see photos that the general public would easily be able to take; no stop frame seasonal shots of the same view, for example, no crane shots either. This book is only a competent introduction and carries with it a lingering sense of the author's regret that it is now much too accessible by the unwashed public. .
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