Book Description

Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu has a rich but little-known garden heritage. This inspiring first book on the subject focuses on private gardens. It reveals a secluded world ranging from romantic old estates through highly personal artists’ gardens to stunning contemporary works by international designers. The final chapter explores Corfu’s wild landscapes and wildflowers.

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Marianne Majerus won the 2018 European Garden Photography Award for the photograph that appears on page 248-249 of Gardens of Corfu. See

Gardens of Corfu is shortlisted for the 2019 Runciman Book Prize. See

Winner, US National Indie Excellence Award, 2019. See

Silver medalist, GardenComm Awards, 2019. See

About the Authors

Rachel Weaving is an author, garden maker, and adviser on garden design who divides her time between Washington, DC and Corfu. She has an RHS certificate in Horticulture and studied at the Oxford College of Garden Design.

Marianne Majerus is one of Europe’s finest garden photographers. Winner of multiple awards, her most recent books include Gardens of the Italian Lakes, Great Gardens of London, and Garden Design: A Book of Ideas. She won the 2018 European Garden Photography Award with an image from this book.

Mary Keen, author of the Preface, is a garden designer, author, and lecturer. She is a frequent contributor to garden magazines and a columnist for the UK newspaper The Telegraph. The most recent of her five books is Paradise and Plenty: A Rothschild Family Garden.

Sample Reviews

“This book takes the reader on a sumptuous tour of the gardens of Corfu […]This is a wonderful resource book for all those who are interested in Mediterranean-style gardens – from the designs, to the materials used, right through to the appropriate plants for our changing world and ideas about practical gardening. The text is accompanied by an abundance of fabulous photographs which really show off these gardens to full advantage. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in beautiful gardens, from those who appreciate just looking at them through to garden designers.”
- Christina Lambert, Head, Greek Branch, Mediterranean Garden Society

“A coffee-table topper that will leave you yearning for your own island retreat.” - Stephanie Mahon, Gardens Illustrated, May 2018.

I cannot praise this book enough. This is no ordinary volume to leave neglected on a table. Read it, study it, and look at it again and again. There is much to learn from it and much to treasure….Guides the reader through the gates of gardens most of us could only dream about visiting…both the texts and the photographs ensure that we do not merely visit these places, we explore them. Diana Farr-Louis, The Mediterranean Garden, October 2018.

Q&A — An Interview with the Author


Related Publications

Marianne Majerus, 2018, ‘Q&A: Photographer Marianne Majerus describes how she collaborated with writer Rachel Weaving to produce her most recent publication, Gardens of Corfu’, The English Garden, May.

Rachel Weaving, 2018, ‘Corfu Gardens: Ancient Myth and Modern Magic’, Journal of the Mediterranean Garden Society, July. See also

Rachel Weaving, 2018, 'British Roots and Shoots on a Greek "Garden Isle"', Daily Telegraph, August 18.

———, 2018, forthcoming, ‘Jardines de Corfu’, Verde es Vida.

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