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Italy's Private Gardens: An Inside View Hardcover – 7 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; First Edition edition (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711229104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711229105
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.5 x 30.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This is a really beautifully presented and sumptuous coffee table book that would appeal to anyone who is interested in Italy, its people, their gardens and the relationship between the three. || Ramsay's well-composed perfectly exposed shots are a breath of fresh air. || For garden visitors and armchair travellers. || Helena Attlee spent months having a proper old nosey to produce 'Italy's Private Gardens' Spectacular views, pools, fountains and cascades, olive groves and terracotta urns, but also new commissionssuch as Dan Pearson's La Torrecchia. And in an unusual treat for the pathhetically curious, photos of all the owners too. The perfect sofa book. || The garden historian Helena Attlee, in tandem with her photographer husband, Alex Ramsay, is fast becoming a specialist on European gardens. She has books on Italian and Portuguese gardens and has now published a more subtle selection … Attlee has known Italy all her adult life and her fluent Italian has allowed her to interview the owners for their personal stories, so many of which began with historic gardens devastated by the Second World War || You don't need to be a gardener to drool over Italy's Private Gardens, a book that delightfully incorporates not just the sumptuous gardens themselves but also the gardeners who are just as characterful. || It is not a book for curious or thoughtful gardeners, but is one of those picture books where the reader longs to leap into every page. Perfect lemons grow in enviable terracotta pots. Wistaria flowers as it never does here, stone pools of water and statues adorn bosky evergreenery and what with the odd Contessa, gnarled old and handsome young gardeners, as well as several dogs all bathed in beautiful Italian light, only an utter killjoy could resist leafing through the pleasures on offer. || A truly stunning book by Helena Atlee, featuring Italy's most beautiful private gardens and the stories behind them. || Well-written and exactly the sort of book to curl up with on a winter's day when you can only dream of wisteria and roses. Wonderful pictures by Alex Ramsay, help greatly. || This is a book 'built around conversations' and Helena Attlee quotes liberally from the owners, writing in a personal, anecdotal, occasionally chatty way. It makes reading it an intimate experience, like spending the afternoon wandering these gardens in the company of unfailingly charming upper-class Italians. || Few English writers understand Italian gardens better than Helena Atlee… A rare thing: she is thoroughly academic yet delightfully accessible, rendering this and her previous books indispensible to student and visitor alike. || This gorgeously illustrated book invites us into the secret world of lush greenery that lies behind the walls of some of Italy's most impressive homes. Bellisima! || A fascinating book. And I can't wait to get to San Guiliano. || Italian Gardens have been best served this year... Helena Attlee is an even more experienced garden traveller and garden historian and has given us a sample of 'Italy's Private Gardens'.

About the Author

Alex Ramsay is well known as an award-winning photographer of architecture, gardens and landscapes. His work has appeared in leading magazines worldwide and illustrates many books including Helena Attlee's Italian Gardens: A Cultural History and Gardens of Wales.

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Helena Attlee is an author and journalist who has made the garden and its history her special subject. Her books include The Gardens of Portugal Italian Gardens: A Cultural History and Gardens of Wales (all publishd by Frances Lincoln). She lectures widely, writes for a wide range of journals and magazines, and leads specialist garden tours. She lives in Presteigne, Powys, with her husband, the photographer Alex Ramsay.

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Inside views on private Italian gardens are presented in this book, many of which are not open to the public. Perhaps for this reason there is unfortunately neither map nor any information on website, address or telephone. The concept of this book is not new, more than 30 years ago similar books were popular on English gardens (The Englishwoman's garden and many others). I selected this book because many gardens were unknown to me, but a few such as Ninfa, are very well known and described much better in other books. Many of the garden owners are plants-man or -woman and these gardens lack often a strong architectural backbone such as in the classic Italian garden. Perhaps for this reason there are many pictures of plants and not enough overviews of the gardens. Therefore mainly recommended for plant lovers.
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A lovely book, lots of beautiful pictures of Gardens, ornaments and statues. It is very well written, lots of interesting stories and information on the gardens.
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Fabulous
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My window box is now the envy of Italy, especially the lake and maze. I need to figure out where to put the statues.
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This is a great book, but i used the pictures as part of a decopage project on my bathroom walls........but i did spend some time enjoying it first!
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