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Description - The The Gardens of Portugal by

The gardens of Portugal are among the most cosmopolitan in the world. The product of Portugal's long seafaring history, they bring together ideas from East and West in a style that is, in both design and planting, confident, flamboyant, exotic, and distinctly Portuguese. In the golden age of Portuguese exploration the glazed tiles and distinctive water tanks of the Moorish style were combined with the open loggias and box parterres of the Italian Renaissance, and gardens were decorated with statues and reliefs of dolphins, sea horses, anchors and other maritime motifs. From China, Japan, Africa, Australia and the Americas, Portugal's seafarers brought new seeds and plants such as camellias and rhododendrons that flourished in the mild climate. This book describes some twenty-eight gardens, stunningly photographed by John Ferro Sims.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780711226937
ISBN-10: 0711226938
Format: Hardback
(295mm x 250mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography -

Helena Attlee has spent long periods in Italy and is steeped in that country's art and literature. She lectures widely on Italian gardens, conducts garden tours in Italy and took part in the National Geographic television series The Great Gardens of Italy. She contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines including the Daily Telegraph, Country Life, World of Interiors, Gardens Illustrated and House and Garden. She is the author of a number of books. John Ferro Sims is a photographer and writer. His books include The Renaissance of Italian Gardens and The Renaissance of Italian Cooking both with Lorenza de'Medici, and Landscape in Italy with Lisa St Aubin de Teran.