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La Foce: A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany (Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture)by Benedetta Origo
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The gardens and estate of La Foce constitute one of the most important and best-kept early twentieth-century gardens in Italy. Amid 3,500 acres of farmland in the countryside near Pienza, La Foce, with its sweeping views of the Tuscan landscape, was the realization of the late writer Marchesa Iris Origo's ideal garden. Passionate about the order and symmetry of Florentine gardens, Origo and her husband Antonio purchased the dilapidated villa in 1924, soliciting the help of English architect and family friend Cecil Pinsent to reawaken the natural magic of the property. Pinsent designed the structure of simple, elegant, box-edged beds and green enclosures that give shape to the Origos' shrubs, perennials, and vines, and created a garden of soaring cypress walks, native cyclamen, lawns, and wildflower meadows. It is, by all accounts, a remarkable achievement. Today the garden is a place of unusual and striking beauty, a green oasis in the barren Siena countryside. Situated in the Val d'Orcia, a wide valley in southeastern Tuscany that seems to exist on a larger, wilder scale than the rest of the Tuscan landscape, it is run by Benedetta and Donata Origo, and is open to the public one day a week.<P>La Foce: A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany is a contemplative, multifaceted study of the house, gardens, and estate of La Foce. It includes an historical essay and memoir by the daughter of La Foce's creators, Antonio and Iris Origo, along with photographs, sketches, and a critical analysis of the gardens. The volume not only focuses on the beauty of the gardens themselves and their indisputable merit as fascinating works of landscape architecture but also sees them within the context of both thelarger Tuscan topography and the wider landscape of geography and history. The book will be a delight to armchair travelers, trade and landscape architects, gardeners, and those interested in Tuscan culture. La Foce offers a rare look at the majestic, romantic, and personal
A beautiful homage to the breathtaking Italian gardens retraces the history of these brilliantly tailored grounds at La Foce, Tuscany, while showcasing their most spectacular assets and describing the history of the gardens.
"La Foce: A Garden and Landscape in Tuscany" offers a rare look at the majestic, romantic, and personal aspects of one of the loveliest and most bewitching places on earth.
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