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Rosemary Verey

(1918—2001) garden designer and writer


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(1918–2001), English author and garden designer whose garden at Barnsley House became one of the most admired and influential of the late 20th century. Her knowledge of garden history, subtle understanding of plants, lively colour sense, and practical horticultural skills allowed her to devise a garden full of formal charm and brimming with fine plants. Her ornamental formal potager inspired countless imitations. Among her many books are three edited in collaboration with Alvilde Lees-Milne: The Englishwoman's Garden (1980), The Englishman's Garden (1982), and The New Englishwoman's Garden (1988). She wrote several books of her own, among them The Garden in Winter (1988), and Making of a Garden (1995)—the latter a ‘biography’ of her own garden. She designed many gardens, mostly in Britain but also in Canada, France, and the USA always trying to follow her declared principle that ‘A garden should reflect the character of the owner and the house, not that of the designer’.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.


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