cloth, 191 pp., $55.00
Garden historian Caroline Holmes examines some of the gardens created by Impressionist artists during the nineteenth century, beginning with the rural regions of France when painting out of doors came into fashion. She recalls the international exhibitions during the early years; these awakened artists’ interests in exotic floral displays, encouraging them to use their gardens as living canvases on which to record out-of-doors activities. She examines the gardens of famous French, American, English, and Australian painters and their reviews of the works of others. She introduces the famous French nurseryman, Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac, who was recognized for his introduction of hybrid water lilies that became the talk of the gardening world. Monet created a separate garden site for a superb pond of water lilies, repeating this theme in paintings of his garden over many years. Illustrated in gorgeous color photographs of famous impressionist paintings and garden sites, the highly informative text leads readers through individual artists’ life stories.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden