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  • Title: Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden
  • Author: Vita Sackville-West Sarah Raven
  • ISBN: 9781250060051
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From 1946 to 1957, Vita Sackville West, the British 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 With wonderful additions by Sarah Raven, a famous British gardener in her own right whoFrom 1946 to 1957, Vita Sackville West, the British 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 With wonderful additions by Sarah Raven, a famous British gardener in her own right who is married to Vita s grandson Adam Nicolson, Sissinghurst draws on this extraordinary archive, revealing Vita s most loved flowers, as well as offering practical advice for gardeners Often funny and completely accessibly written with color and originality, it also describes details of the trials and tribulations of crafting a place of beauty and elegance.Sissinghurst has gone on to become one of the most visited and inspirational gardens in the world and this marvellous 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 Sissinghurst is a magnificent portrait of a garden and a family.

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    1. Sissinghurst is the garden created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold Nicholson. They bought a Tudor era property that was nearly in ruins (it has a moat! And a tower!), fixed up the buildings without much modernization, and then, with Harold laying out the hardscape and Vita dealing with the plants themselves, made a garden that became very famous. Sissinghurst is the home of the famous (among gardeners) White Garden. Vita orchestrated a very lush garden, packed with flowers- especi [...]

    2. Wonderful and heartwarming compilation of old and new photographs of the famous garden and its creators, quotes and snippets from Vita's garden books, family memories and observations by Sarah Raven, who is married to one of Vita and Harold's grandsons and has the pleasure to live permanently in Sissinghurst. The book presents the avid gardener with priceless advice on planting schemes, plants and varieties favoured by the couple, and even tells you which of the original plants have survived unt [...]

    3. I received this lovely book through a giveaway, my very first "win" actually, and I loved it! The author, a gardener herself, is the wife of Vita's grandson and they currently live at Sissinghurst. Her gardening knowledge coupled with Vita's writings from her column in the Observer and her books was quite enjoyable. This book was informative and delightful, very well researched with historical background and pictures of Vita, her husband Harold and the Sissinghurst estate. The plant recommendat [...]

    4. I've been to more than 30 countries in many continents, yet Sissinghurst is my favorite place on earth. I mean, good reads in the perfect setting for reading and writing and painting and dreaming

    5. I seem to be obsessed with this garden, for no real reason. In any case, I losed this book -- not only as a fascinating look at the history of the building of the garden, and Vita Sackville-West's relationship to it, but as a particularly useful gardening resource. I wasn't expecting so much of the book to be excerpts from her own writing, and I really enjoyed that a lot. Sensitively written and very engaging. I wanted even more pictures, of course, but it was altogether well done.

    6. I must admit I skipped thru quite a bit of this as it really only relates to very keen gardeners. I did enjoy the snippets about vita and Harold. I loved the photos and the stories about the co-author as she lives and gardens there currently and is married to vita's grandson. Reading this brought back happy memories of our own visit to sissinghurst some years ago. I would only recommend this book though if you love Sissinghurst or gardening.

    7. A little disappointing but an interesting read, nevertheless. Sarah Raven, author, makes a point then gives a long quote from Vita's own writing making the same point. A little tedious as this happened far too often.

    8. I really do win the best books from giveaways. I don’t know how I’m so lucky, but I will never run out of books to read, and I really enjoy the adventure of sashaying into something entirely outside of my comfort zone when it comes to literature. Take Sarah Raven’s Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden, a grand volume of some 380 pages detailing the history, purchase, planning, planting, maintenance, evolution, and long-term legacy of the internationally-renowned [...]

    9. This is a beautiful book about the creation of the gardens at Sissinghurst, and the two amazing people who created it —Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. Sarah Raven is married to one of Vita and Harold’s grandson’s and is a gardener in her own right as well as living at Sissinghurst. She includes a summary of the family history and how the Nicolsons came to purchase the property on which this garden was built.Vita disliked the extremely formal, pruned-to-an-inch-of-their-lives garde [...]

    10. Disappointing. This book is a selection of Vita's garden writing put into context by Sarah Raven. Photos are mostly black and white, which is ridiculous in a garden book often concerned with colour. Vita's writing is excellent, but that is all available in previous compilations. Sarah updates her where better cultivars have become available, and groups the writing into sections for scent and so forth. For someone that currently lives at Sissinghurst and is part of the family it is oddly un-illum [...]

    11. This is the story of a garden. Vita Sackville-West and her husband bought the crumbling ruins of Sissinghurst, restored them to a state of livability (although not grandeur by any means), and, most importantly, made the garden into a thing of beauty that thousands of people still visit today. The first three chapters and the last are the story of Vita, the family, the home, and the garden. The rest of the book is chapter after chapter of categorized recommendations of what to plant. My favorite [...]

    12. This is a beautiful book about the creation of the gardens at Sissinghurst by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. It includes a large number of wonderful photographs, many in color although the majority were taken at a time when color film was not in everyday use. I love the lists it includes of Sackville-West's favorite flowers. It breaks down many chapters by season so that gardeners can visualize and learn from what was happening at Sissinghurst at different times of year. I love the inc [...]

    13. Wonderful book. I enjoyed the plant descriptions and design suggestions. This is a book about the creation of a garden (one of the most visited in the world) so of course it's going to offer lots of botany and gardening lore and lingo. If you're looking for a biography of Vita, look elsewhere and don't penalize this book for being too heavy on the gardening. Because (stating the obvious) it's a book about a garden.

    14. This book is a charming look at an English garden that mixes the old world with the current one and tells the tale of a love for the plants and land of the property. The author mixes the original writings of the first creator of this garden with her own thoughts and facts, making this book a great addition to any shelf.

    15. I'm not a gardener, but turned to this book because of my interest in Vita Sackville-West. Vita was a passionate women in her sex life, her writing and her garden. This book lovingly portraits the passion Vita and her husband, Nigel had for their garden and the creating of it, as well as those returning it to its former glory.

    16. A wonderful description of planting and maintaining a garden. It is written in a practical manner although Vita's sense of romance is never far from the page. A fascinating person and a fascinating account of one of her major loves.

    17. Having read much of Vita's own works, I really enjoyed this book which looked at her garden writings with commentary and updates by her granddaughter-in-law. A reason to turn to Vita while giving us a window on her garden and ideas through a whole new prism.

    18. Interesting person (Vita Sackville-West) with tales of Virginia Wolf and others during that period. The garden is inspiring but I really just skipped over parts of this book.

    19. Especially loved reading about the family and their life here and also the creation of the garden but a bit heavy on the plants they planted so probably a good reference book to dip in and out of

    20. Oh I do love reading about Vita and her garden. This book was a delight and Sarah Raven provides such an intimate sense of Sissinghurst then and now. I found it captivating.

    21. This is such a beautifully written book about one of the most romantic gardens in the world. The author is married to garden-creator Vita Sackville-West's grandson (who also has an amazing book out about Sissinghurst--also highly recommend that one). The author does such a wonderful job in the introductory chapter in explaining the appeal and history of this unique garden. A garden created among the ruins of an Elizabethan palace. She poetically and very evocatively described the effect of the o [...]

    22. I received Sissinghurst as part of a giveaway.The eccentric Vita Sackville-West created a timeless garden at her estate, Sissinghurst, which remains open to the public as a UK National Trust site. This overview, penned by Vita's granddaughter-in-law, Sarah Raven, is an introduction to the family and the evolution of the garden over many decades.While the book is fairly thick and imposing for the subject matter, the prose is informal and flows well. Additionally, there are plenty of lovely pictu [...]

    23. Lovely book that will inspire you to both get out in your garden and read more of Vita Sackville-West. It's a lovely book to dip in and out of.

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