Now that I spend much of my day doing chores in and around the garden on our farm, I’ve been seeking a new style icon: a woman whose personal take on dressing for the outdoors can take me away from the pure practicality of wearing just corduroys, a wool sweater and wellies. Not that there’s anything wrong with that look, but sometimes I just want to feel a bit more inspired. When I first came across a photo of novelist, poet, and gardener Vita Sackville-West, I was at first mostly attracted…

Now that I spend much of my day doing chores in and around the garden on our farm, I’ve been seeking a new style icon: a woman whose personal take on dressing for the outdoors can take me away from the pure practicality of wearing just corduroys, a wool sweater and wellies. Not that there’s anything wrong with that look, but sometimes I just want to feel a bit more inspired. When I first came across a photo of novelist, poet, and gardener Vita Sackville-West, I was at first mostly attracted…

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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.

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Vita Sackville-West, London, 1939,  The affair for which Sackville-West is most remembered was with the prominent writer Virginia Woolf in the late 1920s. Woolf wrote one of her most famous novels, Orlando, described by Sackville-West's son Nigel Nicolson as "the longest and most charming love-letter in literature", a biography beginning in the year 1500 and continuing to the present day, called Orlando.....♔...

Vita Sackville-West, London, 1939, The affair for which Sackville-West is most remembered was with the prominent writer Virginia Woolf in the late 1920s. Woolf wrote one of her most famous novels, Orlando, described by Sackville-West's son Nigel Nicolson as "the longest and most charming love-letter in literature", a biography beginning in the year 1500 and continuing to the present day, called Orlando.....♔...

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Vita Sackville-West as 'Lady In a Red Hat' (1918) by Scottish painter William Strang (1859-1921)

Vita Sackville-West as 'Lady In a Red Hat' (1918) by Scottish painter William Strang (1859-1921)

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Harold Nicolson with Vita Sackville West at Sissinghurst Castle. Nicolson's diaries are superbly written even if noticeably reticent (or edited) about their bizarre private life - the guy knew everyone in 1930s - an absolute cert for my top 10 diaries.

Harold Nicolson with Vita Sackville West at Sissinghurst Castle. Nicolson's diaries are superbly written even if noticeably reticent (or edited) about their bizarre private life - the guy knew everyone in 1930s - an absolute cert for my top 10 diaries.

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Vita Sackville west | Vita Sackville-West by John Gay at Art on Demand Portraits
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