Human beings have been transforming Mediterranean landscapes into art for at least thirty thousand years.
With hundreds of exceptional photographs by award-winning photographer Clive Nichols, and drawing on thirty years of exploration by Louisa Jones, this book offers a fresh vision of the Mediterranean, linking gardens, landscape design, literature, art and architecture.
Creative talents from many contexts meet here, such as Gilles Clément and Andy Goldsworthy, Nicole de Vésian and Ian Hamilton Finlay, Arnaud Maurières and Eric Ossart, Mary Keen, herman de vries and Paolo Pejrone.
Today’s artists, designers, architects and gardeners explore vernacular materials, skills and sites to produce extraordinary landscape art that affirms an ideal of partnership with nature. Whether in France, Greece, Italy, Morocco or Spain, the logic of place is determined by climate, geology, flora and fauna, architecture and land use.
* > Louisa Jones has lived in southern France for nearly forty years. She is the author of many books on gardens and landscape, including Kitchen Gardens of France, The French Country Garden, Reinventing the Garden and The Garden Visitor’s Companion.
Clive Nichols is one of the world’s most successful flower and garden photographers, and in 2005 was voted Garden Photographer of the Year by the Garden Writers Guild.