------ Louisa JONES
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. 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.
Now, decades later, Provence’s best gardens - like its cuisine - rank with the finest international examples.
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Languedoc & Provence Sun N°52 (July-August-September 2014)
You may have noticed that this issue covers the months of July, August and September. After much debate, discussions and sleepless nights, we have decided that the best way forward for Languedoc & Provence SUN would be to become a quarterly publication. In practice, this means that the magazine will now be published four times a year instead of six, each issue covering 3 months.
The main objective of the magazine has always been to provide quality articles and content about our region and its many attributes. Going quarterly will give us more time to research potential articles, interview interesting people, meet new contributors and gather topical and useful information for you our readers.
This new version will have more pages than the previous one, allowing us to increase the content of each issue, giving you more reading material in one piece.
You may have become familiar with our regular contributors, who do a fantastic job. I take this opportunity to thank them warmly for their valuable input and great imagination, whatever the topic. If you have a little bit of spare time occasionally and share our love of writing, I’m always on the lookout for good quality articles about our area: it could just be your own story, or the portrait of someone you know, a beautiful place, an interesting festival. Whatever the idea, let
me know about it, our next contributor could be you!
If you have any comments or suggestions, you can always email me. In the meantime, I hope you keep on reading the magazine; the kind comments we receive always make all the hard work worthwhile. Have a nice holiday!
Carole Rommene, Editor