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Vita Sackville-West's Sissinghurst: The Creation of a Garden

Vita Sackville-West, Sarah Raven

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Prose: non-fiction, Gardening, Gardens (descriptions, history etc)

A lavish hardback celebrating one of Britain's best-loved gardens.

From 1946 to 1957, Vita Sackville-West, the poet, bestselling author of All Passion Spent and maker of Sissinghurst, wrote a weekly column in the Observer depicting her life at Sissinghurst, showing her to be one of the most visionary horticulturalists of the twentieth-century.

Edited by Sarah Raven, VITA SACKVILLE-WEST'S SISSINGHURST draws on this extraordinary archive, revealing Vita's most loved - and most hated - flowers, as well as offering practical advice for gardeners. Often funny and completely accessibly written with colour and originality, it also describes details of the trials and tribulations of crafting a place of beauty and elegance within the confines of walls and hedges.

Sissinghurst has gone on to become one of the most visited and inspirational gardens in the world and this wonderful book, illustrated with drawings and original photographs throughout, shows us how it was created and how gardeners everywhere can use some of the ideas from both Sarah Raven and Vita Sackville-West.

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