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Louisa Jones

Louisa_jones_4Canadian by birth, Louisa first fell in love with France as a student in the late 1960's. With her French husband she taught American students in Avignon for nearly twenty years. In 1975 they bought the farmhouse where they still live and garden.


As a beginning gardener, exploring local history and customs with her students, she began to visit gardens in the area. Louisa knew the Romans had left their mark on almost everything in Provence, and that they had been great gardeners. But thirty years ago, people kept telling her that there were no gardens in Provence, apart from certain famous historic properties near Aix and on the Riviera.


For her first books, Gardens in Provence and Gardens of the French Riviera, Louisa visited some 300 gardens between Nîmes and Menton, of all kinds and from all periods.  Louisa_Jones For her first books, Gardens in Provence and Gardens of the French Riviera, Louisa visited some 300 gardens between Nîmes and Menton, of all kinds and from all periods.

The Roman heritage, still predominant in the south, never made this separation between productive and pleasure gardening. And when fruit counts as much as flower, every season has its attractions. Today the Mediterranean way of life has become fashionable worldwide. The symbol of its success is the olive tree, worshipped—perhaps even too much at times—for both its oil and its year-round beauty.

Louisa_Jones_3Now, decades later, Provence’s best gardens - like its cuisine - rank with the finest international examples.

 
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