Vita

21 August 2015

Vita Sackville West’s greatest passion was her garden at Sissinghurst which she created with her husband, Harold Nicolson. Her gardening style was quintessentially English, bold and romantic.

She favoured abundance in planting over neatness - Harold despaired when she refused to cut down the ivy threatening to engulf their Elizabethan mansion, which was home to her beloved thrushes and blackbirds. Standing at over 6 feet tall and with arresting dark looks Vita attracted many lovers, most famously Virginia Woolf.

In later years she preferred the solitude of her garden and became a familiar figure in her uniform of jodhpurs and knee gaiters, trowel in one hand and cigarette in the other.

"For the last 40 years of my life I have broken my back, my fingernails, and sometimes my heart, in the practical pursuit of my favourite occupation."
-Vita Sackville-West