Sissinghurst. It was home for Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and their sons. It is the site of one of the most celebrated gardens in English history. It is the location for Stephanie Barron’s mystery, The White Garden. And for Adam Nicolson, grandson of Vita and Harold, it is a working farm.
Anne Fernald reviews Nicolson’s book, Sissinghurst, for Open Letters Monthly. She traces the history of the property through its many incarnations and documents Nicolson’s love of the land.
Fernald teaches at Fordham University and is currently at work on the Cambridge University Press edition of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. You can read more from her at Fernham.