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The gardens of Bunny Mellon / Linda Jane Holden ; photographs by Roger Foley ; foreword by Sir Peter Crane.

By: Holden, Linda Jane.
Contributor(s): Foley, Roger [photographer.] | Crane, Peter R [writer of foreword.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Vendome, 2018Publisher: ©2018Description: 307 pages : colour illustrations ; 32 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0865653518; 9780865653511.Subject(s): Mellon, Paul, Mrs | Gardens -- United States -- Design | Gardens -- France -- Design | Landscape architecture -- United States | Landscape architecture -- France | Gardeners -- United States -- BiographyGenre/Form: Photobooks.DDC classification: 712/.6092
Contents:
Gardens in Virginia -- Mellon family gardens -- Kennedy family gardens -- Gardens in France.
Summary: "Throughout her long and storied life, Rachel Bunny Mellon's greatest passion was garden design. She and her husband, Paul Mellon, one of the wealthiest men in America, maintained homes in New York, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Antigua, and Upperville, Virginia, and she designed the gardens at all of them. She also designed gardens for some of her dearest friends, including the Rose Garden and the East Garden at the White House, at the request of President Kennedy, and the gardens at both the Paris home and the chateau of couturier Hubert de Givenchy. All of these gardens are featured in The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, illustrated with Mellon's own garden plans, sketches, and watercolors, as well as with archival photographs and specially commissioned photographs of Oak Spring, the Mellon estate in Upperville. Author Linda Holden's text is based on extensive interviews with Mellon before her death in 2014"-- Provided by publisher.
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Throughout her long and storied life, Rachel "Bunny" Mellon's greatest passion was garden design. She and her husband Paul Mellon, one of the wealthiest men in America, maintained homes in New York, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Antigua, and Upperville, Virginia, and she designed the gardens at all of them. She also designed gardens for some of her dearest friends, including the Rose Garden and the East Garden at the White House, at the request of President Kennedy, and the gardens at both the Paris home and the château of couturier Hubert de Givenchy. All of these gardens are featured in The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, illustrated with Mellon's own garden plans, sketches, and watercolors, as well as with archival photographs and specially commissioned photographs of Oak Spring, the Mellon estate in Upperville. Author Linda Holden's text is based on extensive interviews with Mellon before her death in 2014.

Includes index.

Gardens in Virginia -- Mellon family gardens -- Kennedy family gardens -- Gardens in France.

"Throughout her long and storied life, Rachel Bunny Mellon's greatest passion was garden design. She and her husband, Paul Mellon, one of the wealthiest men in America, maintained homes in New York, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Antigua, and Upperville, Virginia, and she designed the gardens at all of them. She also designed gardens for some of her dearest friends, including the Rose Garden and the East Garden at the White House, at the request of President Kennedy, and the gardens at both the Paris home and the chateau of couturier Hubert de Givenchy. All of these gardens are featured in The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, illustrated with Mellon's own garden plans, sketches, and watercolors, as well as with archival photographs and specially commissioned photographs of Oak Spring, the Mellon estate in Upperville. Author Linda Holden's text is based on extensive interviews with Mellon before her death in 2014"-- Provided by publisher.

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The name "Mellon" most likely conjures thoughts of finance, art, and philanthropy. Author Holden (Presidents' Gardens) adds gardening to the list. From childhood, Rachel "Bunny" Mellon (1910-2014) found opportunities to create and plant gardens at a succession of houses, estates, and, finally, national places. She was an avid collector of horticultural writings and art, and with Jeffersonian attention to detail, cataloged the sowing, germinating, and growth cycles of plants; her library is a story in itself. The Mellons owned houses in many diverse locations. Their Virginia estate, Oak Spring, occupies most of the pictorial and narrative space in this book, which presents a tour of both the buildings and the grounds, the garden plans and plantings forming an environmental whole that reflects Mellon's refined aesthetic that "nothing should be noticed; nothing obvious." Of note are the historically significant and personal designs for the White House Rose Garden, the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the John F. Kennedy gravesite, and the Kennedy Presidential Library. VERDICT For estate and private garden collections, this large, richly photographed volume returns the investment, showcasing a variety of spaces designed with a singular restrained perfection.-Jeanette McVeigh, ­formerly Univ. of the Sciences, Philadelphia © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.