Montisfont Abbey Gardens: A Hidden Paradise

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Photo: Courtesy of Flickr/UK Garden Photos Have you ever noted how you can walk through a garden that is beautifully designed, laid out, and planted, and not have a strong emotional response.....even when gardening pals are singing its praises non-stop? And have you taken note (which I'm sure you have) when a garden grabs your [...]

Why Sissinghurst Has Continued – For More Than 70 Years – To Inspire Gardeners From All Over The World

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One of the greatest collaborations in the making of a garden is that of Vita Sackville West and her husband Harold Nicholson. Here's a peek at  Sissinghurst, one of the most famous and loved gardens in the world. For the history of Sissinghurst, visit The National Trust website. More about Vita and a love letter [...]

Silver-White Lovelies at Waterwise

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Waterwise Botanicals nursery in Escondido, CA has newly planted display gardens, and one includes silver-white plants. Looking at the assortment made me wonder what legendary British designer Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) would have thought. (She created a famous white garden at Sissinghurst that people come from all over the world to see.) Sackville-West doubtless would have [...]

Adieu To A Great English Garden and The Creative Force Behind It – Nori and Sandra Pope

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hadspen-bllack-2.jpg I’m a sentimentalist. I still find it hard to accept that gardens are often dismantled or allowed to rapidly dissipate when their owners die. Think about sculptures, paintings, choreography, musical compositions and on and on: gardening is the only art form that is not promised a legacy for future generations. And yes, there are [...]