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Gardens in Provence

Louisa Jones

photography by Vincent Motte



12.5×9.5in • 32×24cm

272 pages

250 color photographs

index included

ISBNs: 2080135236 • 9782080135230

Flammarion • 2002

Jones, who lives in Provence, spent five years visiting some 200 gardens to produce this text which combines history with horticulture to show how the gardens of Provence (in the south of France) and their surrounding landscape have developed in a continuing reciprocity.  The 250 spectacular color photographs by Vincent Motte were specially commissioned for the volume.  Also includes an extensive plant list and visitor's guide.  (Distributed by Abbeville Press)


Ever since the nineteenth century Provence has fascinated its numerous visitors.  The heart of Provence-the lower Rhône valley-offers an incomparable range of sites: Roman ruins, winding Renaissance hill towns, and labyrinthine grottoes dominated by lofty peaks.  Yet the gardens of Provence have remained as secret as the region itself is celebrated.  Gardens in Provence takes its readers on a fascinating private tour of some of the loveliest hidden treasures in the south of France.  Author Louisa Jones spent more than five years visiting nearly two hundred gardens and her lively and informative text marries history and horticulture, conveying all the charm of the region.

With its extensive plant list and visitor's guide, this book is an unending source of inspiration for garden lovers.  Spectacular photographs by Vincent Motte capture all the color, beauty, and magic of this patch of heaven on earth.

Louisa Jones, Canadian by birth, has lived in the South of France for over twenty years, where she plans tours of the lesser-known delights of Provence and its gardens.

Vincent Motte lives in Provence.  His remarkable photographs have appeared in numerous gardening magazines and books.

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