The Garden Lover's Guide to the Netherlands and Belgium (Garden Lover's Guides)

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9781568981628: The Garden Lover's Guide to the Netherlands and Belgium (Garden Lover's Guides)

This authoritative new series of guidebooks to the gardens of Europe is the perfect companion for any garden enthusiast, whether tourist or armchair traveler. Each title is a richly illustrated in-depth guide to over 100 gardens, from the famous to little-known hidden treasures, and features colorful photography and easy-to-read illustrations commissioned especially for this series. Also included are maps, directions, complete visitor information, special features, and neighboring sites of interest.
Each guide, written by a gardening expert, begins with a comprehensive background on the country's garden history and local climate. The most significant gardens in each volume are featured in even greater detail, accompanied by illustrated plans of the gardens and close-up views of particular features. The numerous color photographs and maps show travelers what awaits at each garden. The Garden Lover's Guide's are indispensible aids for those planning European travel itineraries.

The Garden Lover's Guide to the Netherlands and Belgium is for everyone who enjoys visiting gardens. In this compact volume, gardening writer Barbara Abbs explores over 100 of the most beautiful Dutch and Flemish gardens, highlighting their most striking features, describing their distinctive characters, and revealing charming aspects that will delight every garden lover. From the exquisite formal gardens of the Paleis Het Loo to the lavender expanses of the Kasteel Twickel, this volume reveals many of the?best-kept secrets awaiting travelers in Europe.

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About the Author:

Barbara Abbs is an internationally recognized journalist and gardening expert. She contributes regularly to newspapers, magazines, and journals, and is the author of French Gardens: A Guide and the Conservatory Month-by-month. She traveled extensively through the low countries researching this guide, and is responsible for many of the photographs in this volume.

Review:

"A new series of richly illustrated garden tour books can be your ticket to seeing the best of Europe's horticultural legacy. Each of The Garden Lovers Guides explores more than 100 of that country's most beautiful gardens, all open to the public. Written by top international gardening experts like Penelope Hobhouse and Patrick Taylor, these guidebooks stress history and national identity as the keys to understanding the very different characteristics of each country's gardens. Vestiges of Roman times can still be seen in Italian gardens, and in Germany, many splendid gardens in the east have just been opened to a wider audience in the last few years. The maps make garden touring easy to organize." -- Hemisphere

The British may have too much influence on American horticulture, but their zeal for garden touring remains inspiring. When traveling, there are few more pleasant ways to spend a day than by strolling in a historic landscape or by scoping out someone's else's borders. The latest installments in the Princeton Architectural Press's handy series of Garden lover's Guides (800-722-6657) will open up new paths in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the northeastern United States. -- House & Garden

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