“Photographing the floral abundance of London is a joy and a privilege. But equally, I like the rare days when I leave my camera behind and amble through a park with only a pen and notebook, scribbling down details about the emerging plants and flowers, gathering field notes and memories,” writes Georgianna Lane in London in Bloom (Abrams Image, 2020).
We benefit from Lane’s penchant for both imagery and words in her latest book, a companion to New York in Bloom and Paris in Bloom. Between photography-filled pages showcasing the English capital’s gardens, parks, and flower markets, as well as bloom-covered storefronts and homes rich in architectural detail, she treats us to poetic interludes. For instance, the city’s flower stands and markets “infuse the urban landscape with rejuvenating bursts of color and scent, like floral apothecaries dispensing perfumed and petaled concoctions of well-being and cheer,” she writes.
The book offers a practical travel guide for anyone planning to see London in bloom in real life. Lane plans out a tour of spring blossoms, accompanied by a field guide for identifying flowering trees and shrubs. She also includes a list of addresses for her favorite parks, gardens, floral boutiques, and flower markets.
If a voyage across The Pond is not on your itinerary any time soon, not to worry. This book transports us without ever having to leave our most comfortable reading chair.
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By Terri Robertson | Photography from London in Bloom by Georgianna Lane (Abrams Image, 2020)
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