Exploring design, planting and history of Sissinghurst in a book

Step inside the world’s most famous garden in Kent, UK and understand the strength of its attraction since it was bought and transformed by writers Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson in the 1930s. The Sissinghurst story is beautifully told by Tim Richardson, writer who specializes in garden and landscape design and history, who takes the reader on a tour of this unforgettable garden, offering a comprehensive guide and exploring its design, planting and history. The new book ‘Sissinghurst, The Dream Garden’, published by Frances Lincoln, tells the story of one of Britain’s most unforgettable garden.

Tim demonstrates how Vita Sackville-West’s legacy is being restored so that it now mirrors more closely her original gardening ethos and vision of romantic abandon.  Each chapter studies into one section of the gardens: Rose Garden, Nuttery, Herb Garden, Cottage Garden, Orchard, Tower Lawn, and the famous White Garden. Stunning watercolor maps of each garden include detailed legends listing the species planted throughout each plot. Detailed plans pinpoint the locations of individual roses in both the Rose Garden and the White Garden, while photographs of Jason Ingram, an award-winning garden photographer, about the newly restored Delos section of the garden, designed by Dan Pearson, highlight how Vita and Harold Nicolson’s original plans are coming to life once more. Tim also explains for the first time how literature – and specifically Vita’s intimate friendship with author Virginia Woolf – influenced the creation of Sissinghurst’s unique atmosphere. This is a once in a generation exploration of a magnificent, iconic garden – its history, its meaning and its relevance to visitors and gardeners today.



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