Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener

WHEN: Thursday, May 02, 2013 at 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener
Thursday, May 2, 9:30 to 11:30 AM

Barbara Paul Robinson will speak from her personal experiences gardening with Rosemary Verey, as well as from the research she gathered in the process of writing her book,, “Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener”, which was published by David R. Godine in August 2012.

Rosemary Verey was an internationally acclaimed garden legend. Although she embraced gardening late in life, she quickly achieved international renown. She was the acknowledged apostle of the “English style,” on display at her home at Barnsley House, the “must have” adviser to the rich and famous, including Prince Charles and Elton John, and a beloved and wildly popular lecturer in America. A child of a generation born between the two World Wars, she went on to create the gardens at her home that became a mandatory stop on every garden tour in the 1980s and 1990s.

At age sixty-two, Rosemary Verey wrote her first book, followed by seventeen more in twenty years. By force of character, hard work, and determination, she tirelessly promoted herself and her garden lessons, traveling worldwide to lecture, sell books, and strengthen her network. A demanding and sometimes truculent taskmaster, and a relentless perfectionist, Rosemary Verey, in her life as in her work, was the very personification of the English garden style.

During a sabbatical from law firm Debevoise & Plimpton where she was the first woman partner, Barbara Paul Robinson worked as a gardener for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House. A hands-in-the-dirt gardener herself, she and her husband created their own gardens at Brush Hill in northwestern Connecticut, featured in articles, books, and on television. Barbara has published articles in the New York Times, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, and Hortus; she wrote a chapter in Rosemary Verey’s The Secret Garden, and she is a frequent speaker.

There will be a book sale and signing following the lecture and an assortment of tea and scones will be available on the breakfast porch.

$18 Member, $23 Non- Member

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