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France in Bloom
The Best-Loved Gardens
By (author): Stephane Bern
9782080202505 Hardcover English General Trade GARDENING / General Dec 30, 2025
$47.00 CAD
Postponed indefinitely 256 pages 418 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS Rizzoli Flammarion
Draw inspiration from the country’s rich floral diversity in this vibrant tour through France’s private gardens—from the rustic hamlets of Burgundy to the mountainous Alps to the island paradise of Corsica.
 
From the verdant farmlands of Normandy to the tropical oasis of the Mediterranean coast, or from the rolling fields of poppies in Provence to the azalea bushes of the Loire Valley, gardens abound in France. Featuring the full range of garden design styles— traditional French, English, Italian, and Japanese; botanical or romantic; rock or cactus; country or contemporary—this unique tour of France through forty-four private gardens draws upon the country’s extraordinarily rich biodiversity and offers manifold ideas for the home gardener. With their singular passion, the gardeners featured here share tips and visual inspiration—from the Postimpressionist painter who created his own Giverny-inspired water-lily garden to the couple who transformed an abandoned seventeenth-century farm into a garden wonderland with regal topiaries.
 
A medieval garden still flourishes with medicinal, aromatic, and tinctorial plants. Wisteria-laden archways add romance while French boxwood plantings add charm with formal symmetry. The incredible diversity of plants that thrive in France—from honey-suckle to aloe, peonies to irises, maples to cedars, wild herbs to cacti, dahlias to rhododendrons, hydrangeas to roses—offer inspiration for gardeners everywhere.

HOME GARDEN INSPIRATION: Forty-four home gardens offer ideas for incorporating a wide variety of species—from water lilies to hydrangeas, succulents to peonies, phlox to foxglove, and wisteria to lupines—into a broad spectrum of garden styles—from tropical to zen or formal garden to vegetable patch.

POPULAR SERIES: This homage to the most beautiful gardens of France is the sequel to The Best Loved Villages of France and shares the same trim size and format of Private Gardens of Paris.

PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHY: More than 400 images—including details of individual plants, gardens, and landscape through the French countryside plunge the reader into the leafy green and vibrant floral oases selected for their charm and designed by the most talented home gardeners in France.

AUTHENTIC FAVORITES: More than 130,000 French garden lovers participated in a national competition to select the most beautiful gardens in each region of France, which reflect both the country’s vast climate and vegetal diversity and the full range of gardening styles.

Stéphane Bern is a journalist for Le Figaro and a popular radio and television personality in France. He is the author of The Best Loved Villages of France (Flammarion, 2014), Highland Living: Landscape, Style, and Traditions of Scotland (Flammarion, 2010), and several biographies of royal families and society figures.

Author Residence: France

Author Hometown: France

Marketing:

Publicity: Outreach to travel publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Endless Vacation, Travel & Leisure, and top 20 travel editors at daily papers; travel editors at magazines including Town & Country, Departures, Vanity Fair, ELLE, O The Oprah Magazine, More, Modern Luxury Group Publications, and inflights.

French publication outreach to include France Magazine, France-Amerique, etc.

Online: To include Entree, Indagare, Luxist, AOL, FrenchCultureNow.com, etc.

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