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Gardens of Marrakesh
     

Gardens of Marrakesh

by Angelica Gray, Alessio Mei (Photographer)
 

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Nicknamed ‘the rose among the palms’, the thousand-year-old city of Marrakesh is characterised by its pink-colored pisé architecture and its deeply rooted tradition for gardens and green spaces.

The majority of historic sites are inextricable from their gardens – or indeed are historic green spaces: the huge royal orchard

Overview

Nicknamed ‘the rose among the palms’, the thousand-year-old city of Marrakesh is characterised by its pink-colored pisé architecture and its deeply rooted tradition for gardens and green spaces.

The majority of historic sites are inextricable from their gardens – or indeed are historic green spaces: the huge royal orchard pleasure-gardens of the Agdal were described by Monty Don as ‘of international cultural importance on a par with Versailles or Villa d’Este’.

Scores of traditional riads and hotels like the Mamounia, created by the French in 1923 on the site of an eighteenth-century royal residence, offer splendid gardens to the visitor. Yves Saint Laurent’s Majorelle garden is an icon of modern garden design.

The first book to be published on this fascinating subject, Gardens of Marrakesh champions the city’s relevance today in a world of water scarcity and urban development and explores its green heritage, considering some twenty gardens both from an historic and cultural perspective.

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'Why has no-one devoted a book to this wonderful subject before? . We are lucky to have Angelica Gray to introduce us to her selection of 20 extraordinary gardens in Marrakesh, because she writes with the authority of a local, sets the gardens in their cultural context and invites us to engage with the issues threatening their survival . her description . makes you long to jump on a plane to Marrakesh. ÿIf you do her book couldn't be bettered as a companion."

'the first book of any real size to unveil the secrets of the cultural landmarks of Marrakesh by way of the city's gardens.'

'Open this volume of rich, exotic photographs of beautifully tender gardens ... and you can almost taste the mint tea'

'The measure of a good book on gardens is that as you read you are consumed by a desire to drop everything and go and visit them all. ÿThis is the case with Angelica Gray's handsome and absorbing book Gardens of Marrakesh.'

'Every page pulses with information, analysis, context and poetry as Gray explores the interaction of avant-garde ideas and ancient horticultural traditions - an invaluable guide for the prospective visitor, armchair traveller, general garden lover or anyone interested in the desert kingdom's horticulture'

'with stylish photographs by Alessio Mei ... an invaluable guide to the green spaces in this oasis city ... perfect escapism from our grey wintry skies.'

'Every page pulses with information, analysis, context and poetry as Gray explores the interaction of avant-garde ideas and ancient horticultural traditions - an invaluable guide for the prospective visitor, armchair traveller, general garden lover or anyone interested in the desert kingdom’s horticulture'

"Why has no-one devoted a book to this wonderful subject before? … We are lucky to have Angelica Gray to introduce us to her selection of 20 extraordinary gardens in Marrakesh, because she writes with the authority of a local, sets the gardens in their cultural context and invites us to engage with the issues threatening their survival … her description … makes you long to jump on a plane to Marrakesh.  If you do her book couldn't be bettered as a companion." - The World of Interiors

"With stylish photographs by Alessio Mei ... an invaluable guide to the green spaces in this oasis city ... perfect escapism from our grey wintry skies.' - The Sunday Times

"The measure of a good book on gardens is that as you read you are consumed by a desire to drop everything and go and visit them all. This is the case with Angelica Gray's handsome and absorbing book Gardens of Marrakesh." - The Lady

"Open this volume of rich, exotic photographs of beautifully tender gardens ... and you can almost taste the mint tea" - Daily Mail

"The first book of any real size to unveil the secrets of the cultural landmarks of Marrakesh by way of the city's gardens." - Stiletto magazine

'with stylish photographs by Alessio Mei ... an invaluable guide to the green spaces in this oasis city ... perfect escapism from our grey wintry skies.'

'the first book of any real size to unveil the secrets of the cultural landmarks of Marrakesh by way of the city's gardens.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780711233454
Publisher:
Lincoln, Frances Limited
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
910,723
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Angelica Gray is a writer and garden designer with clients in France and London. In 2007 her parents moved to a house in the Medina in Marrakesh where she first came into contact with the gardens of the city. Through her father, the portrait painter Norman Douglas Hutchinson, whose portraits of the British Royal family gained him a certain reputation, she has been able to access important contacts in the city, including Abderrazak Benchabaane, who restored the Majorelle Gardens for Yves St. Laurent, and many private garden owners.ALESSIO MEI is an Italian photographer specialising in architecture, gardens and interiors. Fascinated by landscape and nature, he has travelled widely beyond his native Tuscany and has recently moved to Marrakesh.

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