The Loire Valley is generally thought of as a place for history and culture. Everybody remembers visiting at least one of its historical buildings. In fact, the region is internationally famous for its many significant heritage locations. Yet this inevitable image conceals a very wide variety of places, some of them much less well known to the general public. How better to discover or rediscover gardens than to see them through the seasons, from spring, summer, autumn and winter. This stunning book, beautifully illustrated throughout, is one of the most attractive and informative books on the subject. The author's knowledgeable approach and delightful writing style will allow readers to share these places as if they were the gardeners' there. As to the photographers, they have used their patience and talent to produce a subtle display of gardening perfection, secrets and magic.