My All-Time Favorite Garden….
Tomorrow a book about my all-time favorite garden will be available in the U.S. It is called “Nicole de Vésian: Gardens, Modern Design in Provence”.
I’ve never been there, having only visited it through photographs in books and magazines, which I keep in a special folder, ready for me whenever I need a visit.
The garden in called La Louve, which means She Wolf, and it was created by a woman by the name of Nicole de Vésian. Nicole was a leading post-war French stylist, fashion designer and publicist. Friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B Toklas and Picasso, she was a designer for the Hermès in the 1950s and 1960s, working alongside a young designer named Christian Lacroix. After the death of her husband when she was 70, she moved away from Paris, to Provence, where she bought a house in Bonnieux. Located in the Luberon, de Vésian’s dilapidated estate was transformed into an amazing and influential garden.
Nicole sold her estate shortly before she passed away, but you can visit the garden, by appointment, once a month (closed in July and August) for an hour, in groups of at least 10 people (so you can see why I never got to see it!).
On the other hand, if you’re interested in buying the property, the estate is being handled by French realtors Emile Garcin, and the property is listed as being in the “2,300,000€ to 5,000,000€” category. (For Americans, this is between $3.3 million and $7.2 million.) Or you can buy the book on Amazon. The photos in this book are the best pictures of La Louve that I have ever seen, and were taken by a British photographer by the name of Clive Nichols.
Here are some of his photos.
And now you are probably wondering why I don’t have a garden that looks like hers….good question! But I have plans!