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.

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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: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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