Gardens by the Sea

Author(s): Alexandra D'Arnoux

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Whether wild and rambling, sprouting naturally from the surrounding landscape, or a formally designed property punctuated with sculpture, gardens by the sea are infused with romance and beauty. This illustrated volume gives a view of these gardens, from the USA to France to Tunisia.


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A celebration of maritime utopias from the Mediterranean, America, Britain, North Africa and Mexico, authors Alexandra d'Arnous and Bruno de Laubadere, accompanied by photographer Erica Lennard, travel together to these seaside oasis'. Protected from the harsh salt-laden winds by vegetative barriers, embracing the rocky cliffs or running into the beach, they are all beautiful examples of sympathetic garden design and expertise. Tropical plantings and structured formality, blowsy florality and natural herbage recall memories of summer holidays and create havens of solitude for their owners in the midst of busy coastlines. The book encompasses our own lush, green jewels of Trebah and Tresco, the Walton's acclaimed La Mortella, an emerald drop in the middle of the Mediterranean, Corsican sculpture gardens, American wilderness gardens, shore-embracing Tunisian retreats, all stunningly designed and created in the face of adversity. This is a fabulous illustrated collection of coastal inspiration - contemporary, and classical - to inspire and dream of, accompanied by knowledgeable and intelligent text. A true glimpse of paradise for lovers of maritime gardens. - Lucy Watson


Contemporary gardens: a contemporary garden in the Mediterranean; a sculptural landscape; a Japanese-style garden in Corsica; a garden of shapes in Sardinia; an Andalusian garden; the garden of the Villa Brazilia; a sculpture garden near San Francisco. Collectors' gardens: headland garden; Trebah; an exotic garden; confrontation with nature; a tropical garden at the edge of Etna; a botanical garden in Portugal; palm trees in Normandy; a garden of grasses in Rhode Island. Pleasure gardens: a garden in the rocks; the charm of simplicity; La Quinta do Muro; a garden of sand in Tunisia; a virgin island in Saint-Tropez; a wild garden in Malibu; a garden above Big Sur. Gardens to visit.

General Fields

  • : 9780500511077
  • : thames
  • : thames
  • : 1.46
  • : March 2003
  • : 299mm X 227mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alexandra D'Arnoux
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 712.6
  • : 240
  • : 230 colour illustrations