Published by Belles Balades éditions and written by french author Yrieix Dessyrtes, discover the 100 extraordinary gardens for the eye’s pleasure in France, from the remarkable perspectives of André Le Nôtre at Vaux-le-Vicomte to the botanical garden of Jean-Marie Pelt in Nancy, passing by the topiaries of Eyrignac or the ephemeral gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire. The book is an invitation to travel from one style to another and to marvel at a tamed and aesthetic nature.
It is possible to admire the symmetry of the French flowerbeds and the vegetable gardens inspired by the Middle Ages or let be seduced by the romanticism of the English decor, or by the atmosphere of the flowered enclosures, water or scholar gardens. Almost the gardens are open to the public, some are historic, even classified, others are young, sometimes less known, many are labeled, they have not lined them up chronologically but grouped by affinities, which allows surprising juxtapositions and enriching anachronisms.
In the introduction of the book, there is a geographical map with the location of the gardens. The book is divided into dedicated chapters as public gardens. scholarly gardens, Italian style gardens, french style gardens, English gardens, traveling gardens, feeder gardens, flowers gardens, topiary gardens, water gardens and symbolic gardens. Throughout the pages and the beautiful and large images, the reader can discover their fascinating history and their hidden symbols, and find all the useful information to organize the visits such as address and GPS location.