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In Your Garden

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From 1946, the poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West wrote a gardening column in the Observer. The columns were later collected into a set of books published between 1951 and 1958. Vita's extensive gardening knowledge, her intense passion for her subject and her lively literary flair make these classics of garden writing essential for any serious gardener's bookshelf. ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Frances Lincoln (first published March 15th 1996)
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Totally delightful. A collection of Vita's articles about her garden at Sissinghurst...the famous white garden. I've read about the white garden before this book & have tried to grow one in each place I've lived (on a minor minor scale). Most of my efforts were EPIC fails due to the climate in Australia. Still as one's knowledge of gardening grows so does your garden. I'd recommend this for anyone interested in garden design or in Vita herself.
Michelle Ritchie-haddow
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was great fun. Vita Sackville-West has a super sense of humor, and as we all know, vast knowledge about plants and gardening in England. Her descriptions of designs and plants are lovely. Great reading for winter. My favorite quote from the book: "A plant-token (gift certificate) is a real gift from heaven; it represents an extravagance one might hesitate to commit for oneself; a luxury, an extra, a treat. One has no alternative, for, unlike a cheque, one cannot virtuously put it to the ...more
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of V. Sackville-West's articles on plants and gardening. It's definitely not a practical guide (and I'm sure she had gardeners on her estate) but it's the perfect book to read to get inspired about your own gardening projects. It's most helpful to read in the late fall or winter, to dream up new schemes for spring planting. Also fun if you like "period" writing - nobody writes how-to pieces in this style anymore (possibly for good reason!)
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A compilation of her gardening articles in the London Times...delightful..her enthusiasim is contagious. For those of you who have seen her home, Sissinghurst and the White is so interesting to read about when she was just thinking about how to put it all together...
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This is the year long writings of VS-W which I am reading month by month. Very entertaining and informative.
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Shelves: gardening
Vita was a woman ahead of her time, as a prolific gardener who created an iconic white garden at Sissinghurst. She is also lesser known for her daring dalliances with many women, including Virginia Woolf. For a serious gardener or a fan of the Bloomsbury Group, she is a must read.
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Having visited Sissinghurst very recently, I enjoyed reading the very personal account of Vita Sackville-West and her ideas behind some of the design and planting in the garden.
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Vita Sackville-West was a prolific British author, poet and memoirist in the early 20th-Century who is known not only for her writing, but for her not-so-private, private life. While married to the diplomat Harold Nicolson, she conducted a series of scandalous amorous liaisons with many women, including the brilliant Virginia Woolf. They had an open marriage. Both Sackville-West and her husband ...more
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