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Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 - 7.30 p.m. - Evenings with gardens: Ninfa
Author : The American Library in Paris

The American Library in Paris - 10 rue du Général Camou - 75007 Paris
The Library is pleased to introduce a new four-part series on gardens, with two events in the Fall and two events in the Spring. This month, Charles Quest-Ritson will present Ninfa: The Most Romantic Garden in the World. Join for a virtual walk through the gardens.

About Ninfa and Charles Quest-Ritson:

Located in the Lazio region of Italy, about 40 miles south-east of Rome, Ninfa was a neglected village, part of the aristocratic Caetani family's estate that had been abandoned since the Middle Ages. In the 20th century, the family transformed the town's ruins into a botanical garden replete with roses, banana trees, and maple trees.

In this talk, Charles Quest-Ritson, the author of the book, Ninfa, will explore the role played by Marguerite Chapin Caetani, Princess of Bassiano, Duchess of Sermoneta. An American, she lived mainly in Paris between 1900 and 1930 (underwriting a French literary review, called Commerce, which ran from 1924 to 1932) and was responsible for much of the development of Ninfa's garden in its early days.

Charles Quest-Ritson is uniquely competent to write about Ninfa. He has been studying Ninfa, its history, plants and management for nearly 20 years. He is an internationally acclaimed writer on gardens, plants, history and Italy. He is fluent in five languages, including Italian. He has lectured the British-Italian Society on Ninfa, and is an honorary founding member (the only one) on the International Friends of Ninfa. Quest-Ritson began his professional life as a lawyer, but has been a full-time author for over 20 years. He has written twelve books, and has edited the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardener's Yearbook. He lectures frequently on Ninfa. Quest-Ritson is British and lives in France.

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