I admit I am a little fascinated by past generations of beautiful socialites (I find these slightly historical characters far more salacious and interesting than the more boring celebs that fill People Magazine). They were beautiful, worldly, rich, beautiful (did I say that already?), political, influential, literary, and incestuous as hell (amongst their elite group)…and many were not only gardeners and supporters of the industry….but garden writers. C.Z. Guest and Marella Agnelli are two of the most prominent (are their others?).
Marella is the author of The Agnelli Gardens at Villar Perosa: Two Centuries of a Family Retreat, Giardino segreto (Italian Edition), les jardins agnelli, Gardens of Ninfa and Gardens of The Italian Villas (among others). She is also a princess, an art collector, a regular in the pages of Vogue and the widow of the “King of Italy” and Fiat magnate Gianni Agnelli.
I love the perfectly placed clusters of lily pads — that I am sure are highly cultivated to be so evenly spaced. I’d like to see a picture of the gardener maintaing this feature….What do you love about this garden?