By Andrea Di Robilant
From the writer of the best-selling A Venetian Affair, this is the captivating chronicle of his look for the id of a mysterious previous rose. Andrea di Robilant’s story takes us again to the time of Josephine Bonaparte, in addition to into probably the most pleasant rose gardens in Italy this day, delivered to colourful lifestyles at the web page within the watercolors of artist Nina Fuga.
In his 2008 biography of the Venetian girl Lucia Mocenigo (his great-great-great-great- grandmother), di Robilant defined a crimson rose that grows wild at the family’s former kingdom property, pointing out its mild peach-and-raspberry odor. This passing aspect ended in a call for participation for an viewers with a neighborhood rose doyenne, Eleonora Garlant. She and different specialists questioned if di Robilant’s unnamed rose may very well be one of many long-lost China types that nineteenth-century eu growers had cultivated yet that have when you consider that disappeared. at the hunt for the identification of his nameless but quietly distinct rose, Di Robilant reveals himself captivated by way of roseophiles via time––from Lucia and her buddy Josephine Bonaparte to the proficient Eleonora, whose backyard of approximately fifteen hundred forms of outdated roses is among the most important in Europe––and through the roses themselves, each one of which has a story to tell.
What starts off out as a lighthearted quest turns into a significant trip as di Robilant contemplates the long-lasting great thing about what's handed all the way down to us in a rose, via either the generosity of nature and the cultivating hand of people, who for hundreds of years have embraced and prolonged the lifetime of this mysterious flower.
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Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside by Andrea Di Robilant