Vita Sackville-West for Sale

December 3rd, 2019

Well, actually just her writing is for sale. I’m selling a Folio Society edition of In Your Garden and In Your Garden Again. And because today is Giving Tuesday, I’m donating a percentage of the proceeds to World Central Kitchen. I should note that the donation will be made whenever the book sells, not just today.

The book combines two volumes in one, both collections of columns she wrote for the Observer newspaper from 1946 to 1953. For a sample, check out this column from 1950 about the beginnings of the famous White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle. This is my favorite passage from that column:

For my own part, I am trying to make a grey, green, and white garden. This is an experiment which I ardently hope may be successful, though I doubt it. One’s best ideas seldom play up in practice to one’s expectations, especially in gardening, where everything looks so well on paper and in the catalogues, but fails so lamentably in fulfilment after you have tucked your plans into the soil. Still, one hopes.

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