Vita's Other World: A Gardening Biography of Vita Sackville-West

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In making Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville-West created one of the finest and most famous gardens in England and placed herself among the great gardeners of this century. This book traces Vita's development as a gardener, leading the reader through the past of her beloved Knole, her marriage, travels to Constantinople and Persia, her first garden at Long Barn and finally to Sissinghurst Castle where, with her husband Harold Nicolson, she designed and made a garden of outstanding beauty.

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Many consider Sissinghurst Castle in Kent the best English garden of this century. The author delves into the past to trace the development of its passionate gardener. Vita Sackville-West grew up at Knole, one of Britain's great country houses, in a secure and privileged world. A poet and novelist, she had a strong affinity for places. Brown, who wrote Gardens of a Golden Afternoon, maintains that a good garden is created from deeply rooted memories and beliefs; she applies that thesis to Sackville-West's travels and experiences. There was the first garden at Long Barn, residence in Persia, the transformation of ruins and a barnyard into Sissinghurst and, ultimately recognition for her achievements as a serious gardener and garden columnist (in the Observer. Brown intersperses her narrative with quotations from Sackville-West's poetry and letters. Both active and armchair gardeners will be captivated. Illustrations.
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