I received a lovely note from a reader, Anita, in Australia.
She made my day!
She made my day!
She was looking for a post I had written on English gardeners.
I had mentioned a book she was keen to find.
She searched thru my blogs and could not find the post.
Firstly, I was impressed that she went so far as to do that.
There are many trials and tribulations of having five blogs, one of them
is trying to remember where I posted on something.
Luckily, this was an easy one to remember.
I wrote the post 'Gardening Style' over at my other cashmerejeans...style.
In my mind,
if you collect gardening books, you must have this one.
'Garden People: Valerie Finnis and the Golden Age of Gardening
by Urusla Buchan
|Photograph of Nancy Lancaster tending her garden, taken by Valerie Finnis.|
The woman behind the camera...
Valerie Finnis, woman extraordinaire.
|Photograph by Tessa Traeger|
There is no doubt that Valerie Finnis was a talented photographer.
"With great skill and verve, she took photographs of gardeners, gardens
and plants from the mid-1950's onward, using a Rolleiflex camera
given to her by a friend."
"All are seen at home in their gardens, weeding, inspecting, watering and
standing proudly by their plants, wearing the fashions of the day, epitomizing
many aspects of life and society in the second half
of the twentieth century."
Lady Birley of Charleston Manor in Sussex.
Valerie Finnis loved gardening and her eclectic circle of contemporaries
and friends that lived within that world. She left some 50,000 transparencies,
taken between 1950-1990.
Valerie Finnis appearing in World of Interiors magazine.
If ever there were a hat to love, this has to be it!
Photo beautifully taken by Jan Baldwin.
I have been collecting gardening books for years.
I am very excited to have this book
sitting alongside the rest. I highly recommend it!
|American, Nancy Lancaster gardening at Haseley Court.|
|Margery Fish of East Lambook Manor in Somerset.|
Valerie and her partner in life, Sir David Scott, with their pug Kate, "sitting outside
The Dower House, where they lived and gardened together in great harmony."
A great book for that special gardener in your life.
(and it could be you)
via the book, Garden People:
Valerie Finnis potting around with her pug via
World of Interiors magazine.