Villa Marlia

_IGP3943.JPGI’ve been reading Graham Stuart Thomas’ Trees in the Landscape, which is a celebration of British trees and a critical examination of their place in designed spaces. I’ve also been flipping through my own photos of gardens to see if I can identify some of the principles he discusses. Of course, I had to revisit the trip Uncle D and I took to Italy, including to Villa Marlia, in 2008. It was a little crazy and a lot of magical when an old Italian man let us through a locked gate and we were all alone in this massive estate. The garden has particularly dramatic allées of oak (oak!), like the one above, and more potted lemons than I had ever seen in my life, each dripping with fruit. There’s a great tour on youtube if you want to see more!

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