Some Flowers

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Legendary gardener Vita Sackville-West's affectionate and inspirational tribute to her 25 favorite plants

In Some Flowers, originally published in 1937, Vita Sackville-West took the novel step of choosing 25 of her favorite flowers and describing their appearance, origins, characteristics, and the best ways to grow them, in a series of beautifully expressive pen portraits which retain their vitality more than 70 years later. In this fresh edition, the exquisite ...

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Overview

Legendary gardener Vita Sackville-West's affectionate and inspirational tribute to her 25 favorite plants

In Some Flowers, originally published in 1937, Vita Sackville-West took the novel step of choosing 25 of her favorite flowers and describing their appearance, origins, characteristics, and the best ways to grow them, in a series of beautifully expressive pen portraits which retain their vitality more than 70 years later. In this fresh edition, the exquisite watercolors of Graham Rust provide a perfect marriage of words and images, clearly demonstrating at last the accuracy and ingenuity of Vita Sackville-West's descriptions. This glorious second flowering of her personal, erudite, and poetical book will not only delight her many admirers but also guarantee her reputation with a new generation of gardening enthusiasts.

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"In this lovely reissue boasting full-page watercolors, Graham Rust's very capable artistry provides a more fitting accompaniment to Sackville-West's eclectic choices."  —Booklist

“Sackville-West is one of those writers who virtually never wrote a dull word of nonfiction, and this 1937 gem is certainly no exception…the watercolors certainly make for a very attractive package.”  —Stevereads

Alice Joyce
Vita Sackville-West will always hold a very special place in gardening lore as the creator (along with her husband) of England's renowned and highly influential gardens at Sissinghurst. In her lifetime she was also acknowledged as an outstanding writer on horticultural subjects. First published in 1937, "Some Flowers" contains 25 descriptive passages in which the author highlights some of her favorite flowering plants and gives advice on their cultural requirements. Originally, Sackville-West's text was accompanied by stark black-and-white photographs. But in this lovely reissue boasting full-page watercolors, Graham Rust's very capable artistry provides a more fitting accompaniment to Sackville-West's eclectic choices.
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Sackville-West's lovely descriptions of flowers, originally published in 1937 & photographed in b&w, are freshly depicted with the botanical watercolors of illustrator Graham Rust in this beautiful & instructive gardening book. 7 1/4" x 10 1/4". Color illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909881174
  • Publisher: National Trust, Aylesbury
  • Publication date: 10/1/2014
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 404,633
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was an author, poet, and gardener. She created the Sissinghurst Castle Garden, which is among the most famous gardens in England. Graham Rust is a painter and muralist and the author of The Painted Ceiling and The Painted House.
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