Louis Benech: Twelve French Gardens

Author: 
Eric Jansen
Publisher: 
Gourcuff Gradenigo
Publication Date: 
2013
ISBN: 
978-2-353-40155-0

Decorated boards, 221 pp., $55.00.

This work originally appeared in 2012 and has been ably translated by Barbara Mellor (for a review of the French original, see chicagobotanic.org/book/louis_benech_douze_jardins_en_france). This volume provides insight into 12 gardens by Benech, following his creative processes as he reconstructs a landscape into a flowing garden. Each garden is illustrated with vistas and plant close-ups. Images provide descriptions of plants for those ready to track down some of the plants specifically.

The preface by Erik Orsenna describes a Benech garden as "all eloquence and dialogue, rigour and imagination" with Benech proving that "words do not have a monopoly on expression." This book is more than a pretty decoration for a tabletop, instead giving us opportunities to study and learn.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
16
Number: 
1