So what better way to banish those winter doldrums than with a copy of In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights (Gibbs Smith, 2014) by author and editor Zahid Sardar, with strikingly beautiful images by award-winning photographer Marion Brenner.
Gardens in Paris, of course, were well established by the 1500's, and we've been admiring them ever since. In this book, garden profiles span centuries, and as the author explains in the introduction, their stories will "provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life."
More than 30 gardens are featured, from the French classics like Vaux-le-Vicomte, Versailles, and Monet's Giverny, to public parks like the Parc Monceau, Oscar Wilde's Pére Lachaise cemetery, and the Promenade Plantées in the Bastille.
Best of all are the private gardens of personalities like artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, Australian fashion designer Martin Grant, and Mexican painter MariCarmen Hernandez. You'll encounter gardens by landscape architects Christian Fournet and Camille Muller, designers Louis Benech and Hugues Peuvergne, and the personal garden of vertical gardening master Patrick Blanc. The book is filled with stunning gardens that represent many new experiments in color, planting styles and design. Tiny gardens, rooftops, spacious suburban spreads ... they are all here, a celebration of nature, art, and new ideas in outdoor living. A true inspiration for another trip to Paris!