TITLE: Gardens of Corfu
AUTHOR: Rachel Weaving & Marianne Majerus
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2018
BOOK SIZE:350 x 250 mm
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Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu has a rich garden heritage spanning old estates, village gardens, and stunning contemporary gardens by international designers. Lavishly illustrated by award-winning photographer Marianne Majerus, this compelling portrait gives insights into the island’s unusual social and natural history, and provides a wealth of design inspiration for any garden maker who contends with summer water shortages. All but one of the twenty-three gardens depicted are private, so the book is a rare window into a secluded world. In-depth studies show how the island’s garden ideals have evolved, influenced by global design trends but respecting the local spirit of place and drawing on local craft traditions in stone, terracotta, and wrought iron. They show how Corfu’s garden makers conserve water, handle sunlight and shade, and choose plants for their resilience and low maintenance needs. The contemporary gardens vary in scale and mood, but all take inspiration from the island landscape with its spectacular views of mountains and sea. Tracing the roots of their inspiration, the book’s last chapter explores the island’s varied wild landscape and wild plants.