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Glorious gardens of Ireland
Eclare, Melanie.
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Publication Information:
London : Kyle Cathie, 1999.
Physical Description:
160 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color portraits ; 29 cm
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Central Library SB466.I65 E25 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Hidden behind the elegant facades of Parisian buildings are scores of magical domains, from sophisticated urban sanctuaries to picturesque pocket-size landscapes, and gardens defined by decidedly exotic attributes. Crisscrossing Paris, the authors delve into these private horticultural realms, furnishing descriptive text comprised of historical background, intimate profiles on the gardens' owners, and revealing perspectives on individual garden spaces. The tour includes stopovers at the home of President and Madame Giscard d'Estaing and the Japanese retreat of couturier Kenzo, as well as glimpses of the art nouveau style created by Hector Guimard. Eclare ushers readers into spectacular Irish garden settings, and, as garden lovers might expect, a visit to Helen Dillon's celebrated Dublin garden is a must. Eclare tells an amusing story about her first visit to the horticultural doyenne's domicile, during which she nearly trampled the plants with a ladder used for photographing. Personal asides such as this imbue the warmly written vignettes of gardeners and their beloved gardens with a beguilingly intimate tone. Equally captivating are the book's gorgeous photographs of plants, beautiful stonework, outstanding statuary, and the voluptuous floral compositions that adorn Ireland's great castle estates, rural herb growers, country guest houses, and quaint cottages. --Alice Joyce

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