This is a beautiful book about an amazing garden. The late Rosemary Verey's garden at Barnsley House in the Cotswolds is one of the most idylllic you could ever hope to visit, and this book captures the atmosphere of the garden perfectly. Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs and intricate garden plans, it will inspire you to create your own version of this perfect place. It shows how to plant for colour and effect in every season, and also lists the names of the plants. Once you've read it, you'll want to go to Barnsley and wallow in the glorious and special surroundings. And if you've already been, this book will take you back there whenever you need inspiration and beauty in your life.
This book is a wonderful reminder of how brilliant Rosemary Verey's garden was whilst she was alive. I visited several times with various people from the eighties onwards and it was a wonderfully romantic garden, full of delights and surprises around every corner. Sadly (but I understand the economic reasons) the house is now a boutique style hotel and not in the hands of the original family. A recent visit on a NGS open day was very sad as the gardens, although still worth a visit, no longer reflect the love, care or devotion they had in Rosemary Verey's day. Some parts have gone entirely, some are sadly neglected and weed laden. A visitor today, may not even know what existed before and certainly won't have seen it at its best. I prefer to remember it as it was, charming, low key, friendly, with eccentric old ladies taking the money, total trust in the "sales area" (you left your money for books, etc in a box) and informal advice for all gardeners who asked about the plants. I know this may sound reactionary, I don't mean it to be, and I'm not, but this is not a change for the better. Treasure this book if you saw all of it when it existed, and looked its best. If you didn't see it then, hope and pray someone in the future restores it back to its original brilliance (as many gardens are eventually, even if decades later)and treasure this book in the meantime.
We recently had the opportunity to visit Rosemary Verey's garden at Barnsley House (now a rather smart hotel). After the visit I wanted to know just how the garden had been created. This book gives great insight into its development and structure, and describes many components that we missed during the very enjoyable visit. It is full of glorious images, much better than those that I tried hard to capture. It's a coffee table book, full of inspirational ideas and images!