Author(s): Donaldson, Stephanie
Many people dream of living in Tuscany, but few ever realize their fantasy. This is the story of Don Leevers and Lindsay Megaritty, two talented Australians who in 1988, bought Venzano, an ancient Etruscan property which had plenty of land and a Roman spring providing water. Today, their aromatic plant catalogue lists nearly 10,000 plants for sale, and their talents as garden designers and plantsmen are sought by the luminaries of Italian aristocracy. After just over a decade of very hard work in this small paradise, they have transformed the way Italians garden. With ravishing photography and evocative text, the author transports us to the heart of Tuscany to experience the heady scents of their lavender, rosemary, thyme, patchouli, vetiver, damask roses, lilies, honeysuckles, pinks and many other plants. We meet the owners, their staff and clients, as well as gaining a glimpse of the the surrounding area with its food shops, markets and ancient architecture.
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Stephanie Donaldson is Gardening Editor of the prestigious Country Living magazine and is an established writer and author of a number of internationally best-selling books. Her latest work, The Shaker Garden, will be published later this year (David & Charles/Trafalgar Square). Formerly a supplier of unusual plants, she is based in Hastings, Sussex.
A sense of place: the first steps; about Venzano; getting to know Volterra and its people; fruits of the earth; making friends. The making of the garden: early plans; the vine walk and the spring; the vegetable garden; establishing the nursery; through the seasons. The plants and the planting: the barn garden; the grey garden; the courtyard; the upper garden; the dianthus garden; the bulb garden.