The Great Gardens of Italy

Author(s): Monty Don


The gardens of Italy rank amongst the great treasures of the world. They have influenced and inspired almost every landscape designer and architect since the Renaissance yet they are not isolated historical artifacts. A garden is always a living, evolving entity that tells a thousand stories about the people that made it as well as the plants that occupy it. Above all, great gardens become a celebration of man's creative need to work with nature.

This book is a personal exploration of Italy's legendary gardens. Over thirty are featured, including some that are very well known as well as others that might not be on many people's obvious list. Few people have travelled more widely and have a more passionately practical engagement with gardening than Monty Don.

Through captivating text and outstanding photography, Monty and Derry invite the reader to accompany them on their tour around Italy. Their underlying message is that to appreciate a garden fully you must also know something of the food grown and eaten in the area, of the politics, religion and weather of the region, and of the dreams for the garden's future as well as the glories of its past.

Each garden is placed in the context of its surrounding landscape and the lives of those who made it and who tend it today. Far more than an inventory of interesting plants or classical designs, this book leads the reader through a truly stunning odyssey of the breadth and magnificence of Italian gardens, always engaging, occasionally provocative and utterly mesmerising.


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Monty Don first appeared on television in 1989 on This Morning and has worked continually on television since, including the lead presenting role on Channel 4's Real Gardens, Fork to Fork, and Lost Gardens. For five years Monty presented BBC2's Gardener's World as well as many travel programmes, the most recent of which was Around the World in Eighty Gardens. He has recently fronted My Dream Farm for Channel 4 and MasterCraft on BBC2 - and due for transmission on BBC1 this autumn is a look into Monty's family past in genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are?. Monty is the author of eleven books, two co-authored with his wife Sarah, and currently writes a weekly column in the Daily Mail. Author Location: Irvington, Herefordshire Derry Moore began his professional career in 1971. In 2005 his portraiture was the focus of a retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery. Amongst others, he has photographed Sir John Gielgud, Rudolf Nureyev, Alan Bennett and David Bowie. His photographs have been reproduced in Architectural Digest, and Men's Vogue. Derry has published over a dozen books including Evening Ragas, Inside the House of Lords, Notting Hill, A Gardener's Life, Rooms, The Sir John Soane Museum and, most recently, In House. Derry's work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the National Portrait Gallery, London. Author Location: Notting Hill, London

General Fields

  • : 9781844009374
  • : Quadrille Publishing Ltd
  • : Quadrille Publishing Ltd
  • : February 2011
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Monty Don
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 635.0945
  • : 224
  • : Over 100 colour photographs