Provence means lavender, ocher villages and zest for life. But it is also the European area with the most gardens and parks that offer the most varied types of vegetation. Gudrun Mangold introduces the region's most beautiful thematic gardens and their history. For example, the herb garden in La Garde Adhémar, the bamboo garden in Anduze, the butterfly garden, and the gorgeous Le Couloubrier garden in Grasse. With images from the French photographer Bruno Preschesmisky that capture summer and the Provence's joie de vivre authentically and full of atmosphere. Gudrun Mangold is a journalist, author and filmmaker. Her books concentrate mostly on the cultural history of specific regions. Provence became her second home. The French photographer Bruno Preschesmisky lives and works in Provence.