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Venzano: A Scented Garden in Tuscany Hardcover – Aug. 1 2001

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  • Publisher : Trafalgar Square Pub (Aug. 1 2001)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 157076204X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1570762048
  • Item Weight : 1.04 kg
  • Dimensions : 22.23 x 1.27 x 27.31 cm
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The beauty of Tuscany comes alive in Donaldson's chronicle of two Australians who operate a plant nursery near the walled town of Volterra. The story she tells contains familiar elements: a couple fall in love with the region and begin a new life in Italy, after managing somehow to buy a large property complete with derelict buildings. Some 13 years later, the hard work accomplished by Don Leevers and Lindsay Megaritty has put their home, Venzano, on the itinerary of an international roster of gardening enthusiasts. Recounting the development of Venzano's gardens, nursery business, and rental apartments, Donaldson's spirited writing captures a wonderfully intimate portrayal of the hardships Leevers and Megaritty contended with and the successes achieved. The distinctive personality of each man shines through the engaging narrative, enlivened by abundant color photographs of the buildings, garden design, and surrounding landscape. Moreover, plentiful plant portraits represent a trove of horticultural selections proven to thrive in a Mediterranean-type climate. Alice Joyce
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It was a misty November day, in 1988, when Don Leevers and Lindsay Megaritty first came upon the ancient Tuscan estate that was later to become their home. Nestled among the trees on the brow of a hill, it overlooked a landscape where agriculture still prevailed. Though in a state of neglect and disrepair, Venzano had abundant land and a reliable source of water issuing from a Roman spring. Today, their nursery garden is one of the jewels of the region, with an aromatic plant catalog listing nearly 10,000 varieties ‹ lavender, rosemary, thyme, patchouli, lilies, honeysuckle, damask roses. Marrying exquisitely beautiful photographs to a narrative that is both personal and enlightening, we are given a taste of the daily life of a Tuscan gardener, as well a glimpse of the glorious hills and olive groves that lie just past Venzano¹s borders. For gardeners, armchair and otherwise, and for lovers of all things Italian.

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