AmazingGardens_thumbFrom the gardens of the Palace of Versailles to Beatrix Potter’s garden in the Lake District, from Monet’s garden in France to the Tivoli Gardens in Rome, from the Japanese garden in Portland, Oregon, to city gardens in Tokyo, this book is a wide-ranging celebration of all types of gardens around the globe. Including formal French gardens and English landscape gardens; famous botanical gardens and little-known curiosities; Iranian and Persian gardens; grand, country-house gardens and inner-city gardens; Zen gardens, strolling Japanese gardens and Chinese gardens; medicinal gardens and one poison garden; knot gardens and Roman gardens, Amazing Gardens of the World explores a huge variety of the approaches and uses of gardening around the world over millennia. In telling the stories of these places, the book touches on the lives of the people who worked in them, designed them, and owned themโ€”people such as Prince Charles, Capability Brown, Gertrude Jekyll, Edith Wharton, and Agatha Christie. Amazing Gardens of the World not only champions the splendour of the world’s most magnificent gardens but also reveals many fascinating stories about the history of these places and the people who created them.

This book is packed full of gorgeous gardens from all around the world, exactly as the above synopsis states. When I first flicked through it what immediately caught my eye wasn’t the flowers or trees or bushes but the amazing blue sky and sunshine! We’d been having a very dull winter and this book was like a unexpected summer’s day. Add to this all the wonderful gardens as well and it was a fabulous read. I visited Versailles back in the 1990s, not long after a storm had ripped through the gardens and it was such a disappointment. So it was a real delight to actually see what it should have looked like back then. There are so many gardens in this book that I’d love to visit, and some I imagine that I’ll never get to see, so it’s been a real treat to ‘visit’ through this book! Highly recommended!

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Amber books Ltd for my digital copy