Gardens of Marrakesh

Gardens of Marrakesh by Angelica Gray and Alessio Mei

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9780711238909
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Nicknamed ‘the rose among the palms’, the thousand-year-old city of Marrakesh is characterised by its pink-coloured pisé architecture and its deeply rooted tradition for gardens and green spaces.
The majority of historic sites are inextricable from their gardens – or indeed are historic green spaces: the huge royal orchard pleasure-gardens of the Agdal were described by Monty Don as ‘of international cultural importance on a par with Versailles or Villa d’Este’.
Scores of traditional riads and hotels like the Mamounia, created by the French in 1923 on the site of an eighteenth-century royal residence, offer splendid gardens to the visitor. Yves Saint Laurent’s Majorelle garden is an icon of modern garden design.
The first book to be published on this fascinating subject, Gardens of Marrakesh champions the city’s relevance today in a world of water scarcity and urban development and explores its green heritage, considering some twenty gardens both from an historic and cultural perspective.

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9780711238909
Size: 9.843 in x 10.512 in / 250 mm x 267 mm
"Why has no-one devoted a book to this wonderful subject before? … We are lucky to have Angelica Gray to introduce us to her selection of 20 extraordinary gardens in Marrakesh, because she writes with the authority of a local, sets the gardens in their cultural context and invites us to engage with the issues threatening their survival … her description … makes you long to jump on a plane to Marrakesh.  If you do her book couldn't be bettered as a companion."
"We're sighing over the turquoise-tiled courtyards and swishing palms in Gardens of Marrakesh a photography book that has us ready to pick up a trowel - or at least book a flight."