Ninfa: A Roman Enchantment (Small Books of Great Gardens)

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One of the first four in this exquisite series devoted to the great gardens of the world, this book takes garden lovers on a tour of one of the world's most romantic gardens, laid out in the ruins of a medieval village traversed by the sparkling Ninfa River, forty-five miles southeast of Rome The site has belonged to the Roman Caetani family since the thirteenth century, but its current incarnation is the creation of three exceptional gardeners of this century: the eccentric English-born Duchess of Sermoneta, her brilliant American daughter-in-law Marguerite, the present Princess Caetani, and the princess' daughter Donna Lelia, who has collected over ten thousand plants from all over the world. Lauro Marchetti, director of Ninfa, supplies the history of the site since its settlement in the eighth century, the significance of the geography and climate, the design of the gardens as they exist today, and plans for the future. Claire de Virieu's photographs provide both deep views of the plantings along the river and such details as a flower in bloom on a medieval ruin.

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These four exquisite books launch a new series profiling famous gardens, including the Islamic water gardens of Spain's Alhambra; Ninfa, a romantic garden laid out in the ruins of a medieval village 45 miles southeast of Rome; the tropical Moroccan gardens of Majorelle, laid out in the 1920s by French artist Louis Majorelle and now owned by Yves St. Laurent and partner Berg?; and the fairy-tale setting of Apremont, in which a towered castle rises over a flower-filled medieval village on the bank of the Allier River. Each of these little books (6" x 9") relates the history of the region and garden spot and the construction of the garden and includes over 100 color photographs, many double- page spreads. The stunning photography is by noted garden photographer de Virieu, the texts by individuals who know and love the featured garden. All the gardens are open to the public, and each book contains visitor information and garden layouts. Despite a few flaws (the small print in the captions is difficult to read, and Alhambra had a messy word-processing mix-up that wasn't caught), these breathtakingly lovely books make a wonderful introduction for anyone who plans to visit these gardens. Highly recommended for garden or travel collections.ACarol Cubberley, Univ. of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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