on 2 April 2014
This beautiful book has touching surprises. Embroidered gardens, planting plans, biography on Virginia and Leonard, and beautiful photography. I am enjoying reading and relaxing in its pages. It makes me want to journey to see the garden for myself Highly recommend!
on 5 November 2013
A great read, stunning photography with glimpses of Caroline's embroideries.
If you love gardens, Virginia Woolf, and visiting houses this is the book for you.
I couldn't put it down once I started reading.
Having visited Monks House, which I loved, through Caroline's words I escaped back into the garden and house.
It is such a shame that the Zoobs are no longer tenants at this lovely house, it needs to be lived in and loved as they and the Woolfs did, so brilliantly.
I am so glad there is a record of a garden much loved as in Virginia and Leonards day, sadly it does not look so good since they and the Zoobs left.
on 10 February 2014
I bought this for a friend who has visited Monk's House. Being a gardener herself, and having the bonus of excerpts from Virginia Woolf's diary and seeing her embroidered ideas of how the garden should look, were the icing on the cake. She loves it!
Here is a book I truly adored. Yes, I am a fan of Virginia Woolf, and one of Caroline Zoob's too. This book melds personality, style and interest with the perfect blend of information and photography of a beautiful garden. It offers connections, both to Virginia's family but also because the author of this book cared for Monk House for over ten years. The knowledge is intimate, the story of the garden compelling and beautifully told and the photography by Caroline Archer is sublime. The book is supported by rare archive images, garden plans and snippets of the Woolf's writing. It also shows some of Vanessa Bell's paintings. Looking through Virginia's life and words, Caroline Zoob has managed to capture the spirit of the garden. Every page of this book is of interest, there are not many books that achieve that. This book is exciting and inspiring in many ways.
on 11 September 2014
First, let me say that I find this kind of garden beautiful. This perhaps skews my review...
As a keen reader of gardening books, I’d rate this book very high on my list. Wonderful photographs that make me wish to have all this and that in our garden too. I was captured by the insights on VW and her relationship with the garden (and guests arriving there) that complement her diary. And finally, I fell for the lovely interior of the house which could inspire any modern countryside house.
Excellent for bedtime or rainy day reading!