Vita Sackville-West's grandson is married to gardening expert and cook, Sarah Raven. They live in the family apartments at Sissinghurst and with her love of gardens, Raver spend a great deal of time in the gardens. As one might expect, she has also spent a great deal of time with Vita's writings about Sissinghurst. In a hybrid work of garden writing, Raven has taken Vita's writing and combined it with her own story of the garden.
As Raven points out, "Gardens do not normally survive their creators...." Sissinghurst is a rare example, perpetuated by surviving family, gardeners and vast, detailed writings. The gardens have retained the influence of vita Sackeville-West, while moving forward to become one of the premier gardens of the world.
This book offers up a historical look at the garden combined with the modern work being done today. The book combines old photos along side current photo, displaying the ever changing nature in the life of a garden.
Vita wrote about gardening:
The more one gardens, the more one learns; and the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows.Little did she realize that her vision for the garden would be taken up by her children and grand-children. The beauty of Sissinghurst, what make this garden eternal is remembering the past while learning more each day. If Vita Sackville-West were to visit Sissinghurst today, she would find it very much as she left it...and magically transformed. That is the nature of a garden.