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Inspired By My Pinterest Boards: This Year’s Category is GARDENING
Book Cover of Victoria Glendinning’s book: Vita-The Life of Vita Sackville-West
Should I mention Vita Sackville-West’s affair with Virginia Wolf and get it over with? There were others….none of which matters a wit to me….this endlessly fascinating woman who wanted to be remembered as a writer and poet. However, it is her fame as a gardener that endures. If you’re going to read one book about Vita, shedding light on the famous people who filled her life, read Vita-The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Victoria Glendinning. Vita knew everyone of her day…lunch with Churchill, Edward Lutyens (See the post for L) She married Harold Nicholson; together they created the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle. (See the post for S)
I’m certain we would all be reading her garden columns today if she were still writing. She was in many ways the first modern media gardener, reaching a wide public through radio, and from 1946-1961 writing for the Observer. The columns earned her fans through practical gardening advice. Of the many books on my shelves about Vita and Sissinghurst, one in particular is precious to me. It is her novel, All Passion Spent published in 1931 by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. It was given to me by a book collector friend of my father’s who had no idea of my interest in Vita. Written in ink on the page opposite the cover is the name Virginia Thompson, 1932. I had an aunt with the same name…could this book have been hers? In the mystery of things, I believe it is possible. (There is a wonderful DVD movie of this book as well.)
Don’t miss inviting Vita Sackville-West into your life. If you are a gardener or not, she introduces you to the history of the period in which she lived that is SO interesting. (Writing tip….never write SO or VERY….do either make it MORE interesting?) Forgive me, I couldn’t help myself.