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Gardens of New Orleans: Exquisite Excess (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Februar 2001

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Fragrant. Lush. Seductive. Can these words describe any city other than New Orleans? With new plant life bursting from every cranny and ancient cypress trees, the gardens here present many unusual combinations of freshness and decay. Gardens of New Orleans has captured this magnificence in full glory, with page after page of beautifully green photographs.

Authors Lake Douglas and Jeannette Hardy include historical sketches, maps, and photographs that provide an informative introduction to the city. The outdoor French Market photographs show piles of fruit you can almost taste, even if the picture is in sepia tones. The section on public spaces follows, bringing glossy color photos of charming statuary and enormous live oaks that are memorable both for their size and grace. The final chapter is filled with close-up shots of many private gardens in the city, and show off the best New Orleans has to offer: peaceful balconies, bright flowers, antique ornaments, and artfully trimmed hedges. The lovely Ursiline convent is included in this section, with its glowing white statues and peaceful paths for meditation.

In every case, photographer Richard Sexton has captured the remarkable light as it filters through the trees. His close-ups clearly show the vines and sprouts popping up between bricks and under older plants, while his landscapes showcase both the heavy greenery and the well-known cast-iron decorations on houses, fences, and furniture. Whether you're a New Orleans native or simply love impossibly green gardens, this lovely book will bring the rich flavor of this charming city to your living room. --Jill Lightner


Originally founded on French and Spanish traditions of landscaping, New Orleans gardens today are a stunning blend of native varieties and bold additions from wildly varied cultures and sensibilities. Fragrant gingers and night-blooming jasmine scent the air. Live oaks and sycamores canopy stately boulevards. Decadent nineteenth-century buildings provide an exquisite backdrop for exotic, profligate vegetation. Horticultural authors Lake Douglas and Jeannette Hardy, longtime New Orleans residents and gardeners, explore this rich history. They tour public gardens and open the doors to lovingly tended private paradises - balconies draped in vines spilling over wrought-iron railings, densely landscaped patios, and expansive mansion grounds. Richard Sexton's sumptuous photographs celebrate the many traditions and cultures interwoven in New Orleans' magnificent landscape heritage.

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Going beyond the touristed New Orleans 24. April 2001
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Here is that unusual New Orleans book, beautifully written by Jeannette Hardy and Lake Douglas, and sumptuously photographed by Richard Sexton, that journeys outside the heavily touristed French Quarter and into the neighborhoods that truly infuse the city with its unique spirit. French Quarter gardens are not neglected, of course, but the book is easily the best of its kind at revealing the entire far-flung city, its people and their lovely and sometimes idiosyncratic gardens.
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Can't wait to start on my own "New Orleans" garden 27. Juli 2001
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I bought this book hoping to get some ideas on how to make my backyard into a New Orleans garden oasis and this book delivered. Not only is it a helpful resource for gardeners (it has a chart of commonly used plants in New Orleans gardens), but it also is nice to just leaf through and look at the pictures. My only gripe is that there weren't enough gardens featured.
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For lovers of gardening- it captures the heart & imagination 16. März 2004
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I was fortunate enough to find this book in a wonderful little garden shop tucked away inside the French Quarter of New Orleans. If you've never visited and seen their charming style and beauty first hand, this book is filled with superb photographs that come to life, with a wealth of great information about the homes and gardens you really will feel like you're there. For any lover of gardening, New Orleans simply transcends conventional time and space, capturing all of the senses and inspiring the heart and the imagination like no place else in the world. . .from the petite cottages to the elaborate plantations, there is garden for every home and every occassion! Tres-magnifique!!!
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Gorgeous photos and more 3. Oktober 2005
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Not only is the photography lush and gorgeous, but I also love the way this book has chapters on a variety of New Orleans gardens. There are examples of hidden courtyards and terraces as well as public parks and Garden District homes. There's even a comprehensive section on the history of the city. I treasure this book all the more given the recent tragic events with the hurricanes.
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Beautiful! 4. Februar 2007
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Quality of photos: amazing. I'm very pleased with this book. I especially love the pictures of the courtyard, balcony, and porch gardens. It's also nice to read the little stories behind the gardens presented as well. I strive to maintain gardens as glorious and lush as these but can only come so close.
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