Sissinghurst: The Making of a Garden - Anne Scott-JamesLondon: Michael Joseph, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little age-toned at the top edge of the text block. Private book plate to the pastedown.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece;
From the cover: “On an April day in 1930, Vita Sackville-West went house-hunting in Kent with her son Nigel and a friend, Dorothy Wellesley. One of their ‘orders to view’ took them to a derelict castle called Sissinghurst, a jumble of broken-down Tudor and Elizabethan buildings in a waste-ground of brambles and weeds. Vita saw it, turned to her son and said I think we shall be happy in this place. She and her husband, Harold Nicolson, bought it a month later and made there one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.
One day, perhaps, a book may be written about the making of the garden wrote Nigel Nicolson in Portrait of a Marriage, his story of his parents’ relationship. And now it has been written, at Nigel Nicolson’s invitation, by Anne Scott-James, author of the well-loved gardening book, Down to Earth.
Anne Scott-James has had full access to the Nicolsons’ letters, diaries and garden records at Sissinghurst Castle and has made many visits to the garden at every season of the year. Her book records how the garden was made, how the Nicolson-Sackville-West gardening partnership worked, how he designed and she chose the plants, how the garden became one of the strongest bonds that held the marriage together.
This is a practical book, too, which should help and inspire every gardener, for in discussing the thousands of plants at Sissinghurst today, Anne Scott-James explains how they are grown, fed, staked and cared for. Sissinghurst was made by two artists who understood the earthy facts.”