A New Book About Rosemary Verey -Legendary Gardener


Rosemary Verey – The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener

Author – Barbara Paul Robinson

One of the first posts I wrote when starting this blog was about Rosemary Verey, famous English gardener. She is mentioned several times in my novel, Greening of a Heart.  I wanted to pay tribute to her lasting influence as a garden designer and plants-woman. I looked forward to reading this new book about her. The author refers to Verey in the introduction as ‘My Boss, My Mentor, My Friend,’ and says that Verey changed her life. She goes on to tick off the amazing achievements of this self taught amateur, her famous clients, her revival of the romantic style of gardening after the war, but there is something sadly missing from this portrayal of this famous woman. Pollyanna that I am, I’m not happy to know Verey drank too much and was a difficult woman to work for, but it was more than that. Robinson tells a rather straight forward story in 214 pages, but I felt the author gave with one hand and took away with the other. While interviewing those who knew her, was there no one to speak of her in a tender and protective way? Maybe the author bent over backwards to be objective about her friend, but it leaves me with a lot of questions. More about this in my next post.

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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