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Vita Sackville-West working in the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. She once described her approach to garden design as, “profusion, even extravagance and exuberance, within confines of the utmost linear severity.”

Vita Sackville-West: her passions in pictures

Vita Sackville-West working in the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. She once described her approach to garden design as, “profusion, even extravagance and exuberance, within confines of the utmost linear severity.”

(9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), best known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English author, poet and gardener. She won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927 and 1933. She was known for her exuberant aristocratic life, her passionate affair with the novelist Virginia Woolf, and Sissinghurst Castle Garden, which she and her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson, created at their estate.

(9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), best known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English author, poet and gardener. She won the Hawthornden Prize in 1927 and 1933. She was known for her exuberant aristocratic life, her passionate affair with the novelist Virginia Woolf, and Sissinghurst Castle Garden, which she and her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson, created at their estate.

Vita Sackville-West is most remembered was with the prominent writer Virginia Woolf in the late 1920s.

Vita Sackville-West is most remembered was with the prominent writer Virginia Woolf in the late 1920s.

Virginia Woolf, Virginia Richards and Noel Olivier sitting on a bench outdoors in front of the writing lodge at Monk's House

Virginia Woolf, Virginia Richards and Noel Olivier sitting on a bench outdoors in front of the writing lodge at Monk's House

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), was an English author, poet and gardener. She was a passionate affair with novelist Virginia Woolf.  "What is beautiful is good,  and who is good will soon be beautiful"

Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), was an English author, poet and gardener. She was a passionate affair with novelist Virginia Woolf. "What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful"

Fantastic to *hear* Vita Sackville-West talk about the inception of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, hear her read Virginia's letter to her! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRjT7PnBsKY=youtu.be

Fantastic to *hear* Vita Sackville-West talk about the inception of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, hear her read Virginia's letter to her! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRjT7PnBsKY=youtu.be

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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