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Vita Sackville-West (born 9 March, 1892; died 2 June, 1962), pictured above in a 1958 photograph by John Hedgecoe.  (©2006 John Hedgecoe/Topfoto)

Vita Sackville-West (born 9 March, 1892; died 2 June, 1962), pictured above in a 1958 photograph by John Hedgecoe. (©2006 John Hedgecoe/Topfoto)

Vita Sackville West - thank you Vita, for your glorious garden, your hilarious and perfect gardening notes, which sustain me through winter until spring, and for falling down drunk at the cocktail hour, trowel in hand. If only I had several old gardeners to carry me into the house and make the supper, I might try that one.

Vita Sackville West - thank you Vita, for your glorious garden, your hilarious and perfect gardening notes, which sustain me through winter until spring, and for falling down drunk at the cocktail hour, trowel in hand. If only I had several old gardeners to carry me into the house and make the supper, I might try that one.

Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, creators of Sissinghurst. "One of the most iconic gardens, created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson. It's still almost perfect, although nowadays it is more manicured to cope with the hinge public interest."-Penelope Hobhouse.           Sissinghurst Castle Nr Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 2AB TEL 01580 710700 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle

Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, creators of Sissinghurst. "One of the most iconic gardens, created by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson. It's still almost perfect, although nowadays it is more manicured to cope with the hinge public interest."-Penelope Hobhouse. Sissinghurst Castle Nr Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 2AB TEL 01580 710700 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle

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