Sue: Thank you for this article on Sissinghurst and VSW. I have several books by her and about her and find her life fascinating and strangely puzzling. But the gardens at Sissinghurst are something I hope to see for myself some day!
I think I have all her books. I always think of VSW as the most glamorous woman in garden history!
Imagine designing gardens around a castle and writing a garden column for all the sophisticated English gardeners! Always in a social twirl. I love Gertrude Jekyl's books, too and her ideas are still valid today. She was personally not a glamorpuss though. But then we knew her when she was quite elderly.
Actually, Gertrude Jekyll is excellent as well and while I don't have any of her books (yet), that doesn't diminish my appreciation of her as a gardener and a writer. I've learned that everyone has a story to tell, and while she came late to the party, I'm sure she led an interesting life, just not on the same plane as VSW! Who did or does? LOL