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Nicole de Vesian—Gardens: Modern Design in Provence

Articles: Nicole de Vesian—Gardens: Modern Design in Provence

Several years ago, we had the immense pleasure of spending a day with Louisa Jones in the south of France, visiting a few of her favorite gardens in the Luberon region of Provence. This was our first visit to Provence, and we had no idea what we might see. However, when we arrived at La Louve, in the delightful hilltop town of Bonnieux, I realized that this was the one garden I had longed to see. Judith Pillsbury, owner of La Louve, treated us to lunch in the garden. It was the thrill of a lifetime for all of us.

Louisa Jones is an exceptional chronicler of gardens, garden history, and culture in southern France, having written roughly twenty books published over the past thirty years. Some have focused on the history of the Provençal garden, others on modern trends in garden making there, still others on the cuisine and the traditions of the region. In this, her latest book, Louisa focuses on one of the singular personalities of the garden world in Provence: the late Nicole de Vesian. Nicole had designed La Louve for herself in the mid-1990s, but she also created gardens for others in the area.

Nicole had a long and prominent career in the publishing world in Paris, setting ...

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