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Sissinghurst, An Unfinished History: The Quest to Restore a Working Farm at Vita Sackville-West's Legendary Garden
 
 
Author
Adam Nicolson.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780670021734
Pages/Publication Date 341/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21511
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A jewel in England's Kentish countryside, Sissinghurst Castle features an internationally famous garden designed by poet Vita Sackville-West, the lover who inspired Virginia Woolf's Orlando. Sackville-West's grandson Adam Nicolson grew up romping through Sissinghurst's woods and streams, but when he returned in 2004 he found that the National Trust, which now operates estate, had abandoned its working farm. Here he relates how entrenched attitudes and economic obstacles were overcome to bring the farm back to Sissinghurst, which now supplies the restaurant there. Nicolson also weaves two other strands into the tale—the remarkable 500-year history of the estate, and a poignant family memoir.

"To see Vita Sackville-West's legendary garden return to life as an edible landscape fills me with hope. Adam Nicolson's determination to restore a working farm in complete harmony with one of the world's most famous and beautiful gardens is faithful not only to the memory of his family but also to the memory of the land itself. Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History has all the elements of a wonderful drama, but ultimately its message about the importance of good stewardship of the land and of nourishing the community prevails. It is clear that like his famous grandmother, Nicolson is a scribe of The Land."—Alice Waters

 
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