“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Another English garden

One of England’s most famed gardens, Sissinghurst was created by the writer Vita Sackville West and her essayist-publisher husband Harold Nicholson, two members of the Bloomsbury Set who, after sowing their gayest and wildest oats, decided to take up gardening. The English either come out of the closet or the woodshed. Vita and Harold came out of both. Not exactly faithful to each other, they were faithful to their garden. Ironically, long after their deaths, with books and scandals all but forgotten, the garden they created became their most enduring legacy.


Michelloui said...

I love Sissinghurst. I also love that tower where Vita worked--all writers need a tower in the middle of a beautiful garden to work!!

Anonymous said...

Sign me up for the tower.
I left England almost thirty years ago
but go there often.
Like you , I have become a tourist in my own country --very odd indeed.
Discovered your super blog through Willow Manor
and will visit again........

Maggie said...

Now that's interesting!!!!!!! thanks for the "lesson"!