Virginia Woolf’s Garden: the Story of the Garden at Monk’s House
by Caroline Zoob
Editor: JACQUI SMALL
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Monk of the House in Sussex, is the former home of Leonard and Virginia WoolfIt was bought by them in 1919 as a refuge in the countryside, somewhere they had just read, written and worked in the gardenFrom the vegetation invade the ground behind the house, they created a brilliant mosaic of garden rooms, connected by paved paths, isolated behind flint walls and yew hedgesThe history of this magical garden is the subject of this book and the author has selected quotations from the writings of the Woolfs which reveal the important role played the garden in their lives, as a source of pleasure and inspirationVirginia wrote most of her major novels at monk’s House, at first in an old tool shed, and later in her wooden construction purpose writing lodge nestled in a corner of the orchardCaroline Zoob has lived with her husband, Jonathan, at Le Moine de la Maison for over a decade as tenants of the National Trust, and has an intimate knowledge of the garden they tended and plantedThe photographer, Caroline Arber, was a frequent visitor at home during their rental, and her spectacular photographs, published here for the first time, often reveal to the garden as it is never seen by the public: at dawn, in the depths of winter, at duskThe photographs and text, enriched with rare archival images and embroidered with garden plans, take the reader on a journey through the various garden “rooms”, (including the Italian Garden, the Garden Pond, the Grindstone Terrace and the Walled Garden)Each garden room is presented in the context of the life of the Woolfs, with insights into their daily routines at RodmellThis beautiful book is a captivating account of the creation of a garden that will also appeal to amateurs and those who have an interest in Virginia and Leonard Woolf.
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