Betsy Campbell Lecture: Vita's Other Garden

Lecturer: Rebecca Lemonius

14th Century Long Barn was the marital home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson between 1915 and 1932, before they bought and moved into Sissinghurst Castle, eventually selling Long Barn in 1945. At Long Barn the iconic gardening couple created their first garden from sloping farmland with the help of Sir Edwin Lutyens. The house and garden have continued to be a family home, providing a refuge for Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh in the 1930s and then for child evacuees during World War II.

The house is Grade II* on the National Heritage List for England. The garden is Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. The house and gardens are now owned by Rebecca and Lars Lemonius. Rebecca gave up her job as a lawyer fourteen years ago to manage the project, and the gardens are now visited throughout the year by horticultural groups. Being the custodian of such an ancient building and famous garden is not without its challenges, but the rich history and literary connections give depth to the role that makes it so worthwhile.

In her talk Rebecca will explore the house’s history and literary connections and share her own personal experiences and photographs of this stunning and important garden. 


This virtual event is proudly presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts and Friends of Art & Flowers.

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