Anyone who has perused the pages of books or magazines or even Pinterest boards that feature beautiful gardens, is familiar with the name of Clive Nichols. One of the world’s finest and most famous flower and garden photographers, he has traveled the world photographing gardens that include the HRH The Prince of Wale’s own private garden in Scotland and Lord Rothschild’s in Corfu.
In his latest book, Paradise Found: Gardens of Enchantment, he leads us through a selection of nineteen stunning properties, primarily in England with two in France and one in Italy.
© Paradise Found – Gardens of Enchantment by Clive Nichols, published by teNeues. Les Confines, Provence, France
Above, the formal garden of the twenty acres at Les Confines in Provence, designed by celebrated landscape gardener Dominique Lafourcade. Here potted and planted topiaries blend with the sinuous sculpted hedges and landscape.
© Paradise Found – Gardens of Enchantment by Clive Nichols, to be published by teNeues. Pashley Manor Gardens, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Pashley Manor, in East Sussex, above, is considered one of the finest gardens in England. While a private family home, the gardens are open to visitors most days April to September, where there is a splendid assortment of thousands of tulips and over a hundred varieties of roses.
© Paradise Found – Gardens of Enchantment by Clive Nichols, to be published by teNeues. Cliveden House, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
While Cliveden House is leased out as a luxury country house hotel, as part of its arrangment with the National Trust, guided tours are available of both house and garden. Since 2010 the Trust has been working to “recapture the glory of Cliveden’s pièce de résistance – the Parterre,” above. The six acres features in spring 11,050 bulbs and 20,350 plants, all of which are removed and then replanted for summer with 30,950 more plants. The Parterre also includes over 2.5 miles of hidges and 18 topiary pyramids.
The 17 acre Tresco Abbey Gardens in the Isles of Scilly, above, were established in the 19th century by Augustus Smith. The famous sub-tropical garden is home a variety of exotic plants, including more than 20,000 species from 80 countries. Frost is a rare occurrence and many of these plants are usually seen only from within a conservatory.
© Paradise Found – Gardens of Enchantment by Clive Nichols, to be published by teNeues. The Manor House, Bedford, United Kingdom
While the Manor House in Bedford, England is only 4.5 acres, it has many different areas of interest. Designed and cared for by owners Simon and Kathy Brown, it offers a wealth of beauty even in winter.
If you are captivated by the images in the book, Clive regularly gives master classes in flower and garden photography for The Royal Horicultural Society.