Rosemary Verey -Barnsley House

Barnsley House The Gardens of Rosemary Verey

Rosemary Verey, famous English gardener, is mentioned several times in my novel. I intended to pay tribute to her lasting influence as a garden designer and plants-woman.  In 2000, on a garden trip, I visited Barnsley House, a country-house in Gloucestershire,

where this splendid woman  graciously led us through her famous garden. To this day I return in my mind and memory to stroll through this well loved place. In addition to my own photographs, I have many of her books. She was highly regarded for her garden writing. I recommend Rosemary Verey’s Making a Garden, The Art of Planting and Rosemary Verey’s Good Planting Plans for inspiration. Imagine yourself sitting at her feet as a student while you make your way through the pages. Because of Rosemary’s influence, I have created an English garden myself, and it brings me great joy. A potage plays a part in Greening of a Heart. The one at Barnsley House, which Rosemary designed, turned a vegetable patch into one of the most famous, endlessly photographed, mix of ornamental and utilitarian plants that breaths you in, and when exhaled, you are changed into a garden pilgrim. Since Verey’s death, Barnsley House is being run as a hotel by David Verey. her son. I hope you find a way to visit this beautiful garden. In the meantime, enjoy the references in the novel and think of it as armchair traveling.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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