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Mediterranean Landscape Design : Vernacular Contemporary - Louisa Jones

Mediterranean Landscape Design

Vernacular Contemporary


Published: 5th August 2013
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Human beings have been transforming Mediterranean landscapes into art for at least thirty thousand years.

Today's artists, sculptors, designers, architects and gardeners explore age-old vernacular materials, skills and sites to produce extraordinary landscape art that affirms an ideal of partnership with nature while celebrating layers of living in this multifaceted region.

Each work observes the logic of place as determined by climate, geology, flora and fauna, architecture and land use.

Illustrated with hundreds of exceptional photographs by award- winning photographer Clive Nichols, and drawing on nearly forty years of exploration by Louisa Jones, this book offers a fresh vision of the Mediterranean, past and future, linking cultural diversity and natural balance as discovered in its gardens, landscape design, literature, art and architecture.

About the Author

Canadian born Louisa Jones has been gardening in southern France since 1975 when she and her husband bought the old farmhouse they still inhabit. She has written some thirty books about contemporary French gardens, recently specializing in Mediterranean regions. For her first illustrated book, Gardens in Provence (1992) Louisa visited more than two hundred gardens of all styles and sizes. She found that, in the Mediterranean, there is no separation between ornamental and useful or productive gardening. Traditional Mediterranean gardening is "multiple": many pleasures, many uses for all seasons. Like Mediterranean cuisine, it is locally based and economical, but capable of great refinement; pleasure-giving, healthy and accessible to all. It has proven its capacity to maintain a durable partnership with the land. Most recently, Louisa Jones has been exploring vernacular Mediterranean landscapes, worked and fashioned by humankind for millenia, that are today biodiversity hotspots and an inspiration to gifted artists. Louisa has also published two books with leading French ecologist, Gilles Clément. She writes in both English and French, and gardens every day. She also organizes visits to private designer gardens around Avignon in April and October.



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The best landscape design book there is


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
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      This book is very thought provoking and impressive. The quality of the photography just makes you want to be there

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      ISBN: 9780500291115
      ISBN-10: 050029111X
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 224
      Published: 5th August 2013
      Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 29.21 x 26.67  x 2.54
      Weight (kg): 1.38
      Edition Number: 1