The Sissinghurst Visionary who didn’t want the credit

The world of garden design features a lot of prominent women. One of these stands out ,Vita Sackville-West. Garden design was only one of her talents, she was an accomplished artist and writer as well. We shall look at her contribution to the field of garden design in regard to her jewel in the crown of Sissinghurst. This was her home from the 1930’s onwards. Her family had owned it before and she liked the idea of the sense of ancestry that it suggested. However the site itself was a ruin. Sissinghurst Castle had long since collapsed and the garden was filled with rubble. Sackville-West with her Husband Harold Nicholson were undaunted and set about trying to reclaim and recreate something infinitely magically.

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They certainly would have needed some Mountfield Parts for the decent mowers they required so some DIY Spare Parts were definitely a requirement. The first years were spent trying to remove all of the mess and rubble that had accumulated over the years. Once this was done she could then begin to put her plans into place.

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Her designs were revolutionary in that they encouraged the  visitor to search and discover the sights in the garden. Wandering far would reward them, the White garden and Rose Garden being two such examples. She also set up the single colour themed garden and Nuttery. She took little credit for herself suggesting her husband should take more credit for the garden over herself.

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