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Picardy - Marian Somes

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2018
ISBN: 9781760680541
Number Of Pages: 256

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This rich and evocative memoir is not only an uplifting story of creating a French idyll in an Australian landscape, but a beautifully written account of how a garden changed their lives.

When Bryce and Marian Somes took a whistle-stop tour of France in 1986, they couldn’t have imagined the lasting effect it would have on their future.

Having tried to coax various gardens to flourish along on the harsh Western Australian coastline and later moving on from suburban gardening in Melbourne, the Someses found 26 acres of bare but beckoning land in Victoria’s Gippsland in 1992 and set about creating what Bryce lovingly referred to as a French folly.

The ever-expanding garden, which now includes an olive grove and vineyard in addition to the orchard and extensive perennial and picking gardens inspired by Monet’s Giverny, surround a rustic rammed earth farmhouse and barn that are also continually evolving.

Good but not brilliant.


Beautiful photos and an interesting story but difficult to build a picture of the garden in your head as there was lots of descriptions but no captions accompanying the photos which made it hard to follow.



I am enjoying the book


Great book just to pick up and read when in the mood to sit down and relax



A beautiful gift


A lovely book to relax with



3 Wonderful books in 1


This is three books in one: a beautifully illustrated gardening book packed with great ideas and inspiration, the story of a journey of discovery for two people as they plan their golden years together and a recipe book full of unusual and intriguing meal ideas using ingredients grown or sourced locally around Picardy. Eagerly awaiting the "next chapter" in the Picardy story!

Brisbane Australia



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ISBN: 9781760680541
ISBN-10: 1760680540
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st April 2018
Publisher: Bonnier Echo
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.8 x 20.6