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New book on The Gardens of Corfu


Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu has long inspired artists, writers, and travellers with the beauty of its natural landscapes and intrigued them with its unusual cultural history. This first-ever book on Corfu’s gardens focuses entirely on private gardens, which range from romantic old estates and highly personal ‘grandmothers’ gardens’ to stunning contemporary works by international designers. A series of in-depth portraits shows how design ideals have evolved, influenced by global and mediterranean design trends but respecting the local spirit of place and drawing on local craft traditions in stone, terracotta, and wrought iron. The newer gardens are designed for sustainability, conserving water and drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape. Tracing the roots of their inspiration, the book’s last chapter explores the island’s varied wild landscape and the procession of wildflowers through the seasons. The magnificent illustrations are by Marianne Majerus, who won the 2018 IGPOTY European Garden Photography award for one of the photographs in the book.

Text by Rachel Weaving, Photographs by Marianne Majerus, Foreword by Mary Keen

About the authors

Rachel Weaving is an author, garden maker, and adviser on garden design who divides her time between Washington, DC and Corfu. She has an RHS certificate in Horticulture and studied at the Oxford College of Garden Design. Reach her at

Marianne Majerus is one of Europe’s finest garden photographers. Winner of multiple awards, her most recent books include Gardens of the Italian Lakes, Great Gardens of London, and Garden Design: A Book of Ideas. Reach her at

Mary Keen, author of the Preface, is a garden designer, author, and lecturer. She is a frequent contributor to garden magazines and a columnist for the UK newspaper The Telegraph. The most recent of her five books is Paradise and Plenty: A Rothschild Family Garden.

Hardbound with dust jacket, 256 pages, 290 photographs, Published by Impress, 95/156 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1BZ.

Price £49.95/€55

Copies can be ordered through AMAZON or BOOK DEPOSITORY


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