Author(s): VEREY ROSEMARY
This informative and entertaining small volume contains engravings by contemporary artists and a foreword by Prince Charles. Twelve chapters endeavour to capture the atmosphere of successive months, encompassing the minutiae of plant and wildlife behaviour in the garden and hedgerow. The author celebrates the intimacies of a rural world in an idyllic setting, but with an eye to modern existence and an appreciation of progress.
A COUNTRYWOMAN'S YEAR by Rosemary Verey (illustrated, 117 pp., Little, Brown, $19.95) likewise exemplifies the truth of Unamuno's principle that the concrete is also the universal. This collection of miscellaneous pieces, originally published as articles in Country Life magazine between 1979 and 1987, is more resolutely English than Ms. Verey's many other garden books, which have won her a large following in America. It wanders pleasantly into all the minutiae of daily life at Barnsley House, her country house in Gloucestershire. It speaks of hares and bees and wild flowers among the bracken, of lanes of holly and bramble, and of winter aconites in bloom in early February. "A Countrywoman's Year" may be the best book on gardening and the larger natural landscape to come from England in many a year. It is small, beautifully printed and handsomely illustrated with black-and-white prints by several artists. It speaks from the heart and it would be ruined, not improved, by photographs. I do not share direct knowledge of much that Rosemary Verey writes about -- thankfully so in the case of August thunderbugs, insects I suspect we are fortunate not to have in America. But she shares her knowledge so gracefully that it belongs to readers, no matter which side of the Atlantic Ocean they live on. She belongs to the grand tradition of British writing that includes Gilbert White, Vita Sackville-West and Margery Fish. The New York Times, 1 Dec 1991 A lovely little thing. Irish Times An entertaining small volume which captures the atmosphere of the garden throughout the year. Garden Answers
For much of her long life, Rosemary Verey (1919-2001) was one of England's most celebrated garden designers and garden writers. She created gardens for Elton John and the Prince of Wales. She died in 2001.