Monday, 11 March 2013

'Gardens of Marrakesh' by Angelica Gray and Alessio Mei

 
 
Release date: 4th April 2013
Published by:  Frances Lincoln
ISBN No: 978 0711233454
 
 
Nicknamed ‘the rose among the palms’, the thousand-year-old city of Marrakesh is characterised by its pink-coloured 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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1 comment:

  1. What an interesting take on the subject. Sounds fascinating. I love the idea of exploring big issues through gardens.

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