Rosemary Verey, OBE, VMH was an internationally known English garden designer, lecturer and prolific garden writer who designed the famous garden at Barnsley House, near Cirencester.
She was born Rosemary Isabel Baird Sandilands and educated at Eversley School, Folkestone, and University College, London. In 1939 she married David Verey, whose family owned, Barnsley House.
Verey’s most famous garden design was that of her own house, Barnsley House near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. In 1970 she opened the garden for one day to the public for the National Gardens Scheme but eventually it was open 6 days per week to accommodate the 30,000 annual visitors. In 1984 when her husband David died, Rosemary began designing gardens for American and British clients. Most notable are HRH the Prince of Wales, Elton John, Princess Michael of Kent, the Marquess of Bute, and the New York Botanical Garden.
Books in order of publication:
The Englishwoman’s Garden. Chatto and Windus, 1980.
The Scented Garden. Marshall Editions 1981.
Classic Garden Design: Adapting and Recreating Garden Features of the Past. Viking, 1984.
The New Englishwoman’s Garden. Co-authored by Alvilde Lees-Milne. Chatto and Windus, 1987
The Flower Arranger’s Garden. Conran Octopus, 1992.
Good Planting. Frances Lincoln Publishers, 1990.
The Art of Planting. Photographs by Andrew Lawson. Little, Brown and Company, 1990.
A Countrywoman’s Notes. Foreword by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. London: Frances Lincoln Publishers, 1993. Miniature edition.
Rosemary Verey’s Good Planting Plans. Little Brown and Company, 1993.
Secret Gardens: Revealed by Their Owners Chosen and Edited by Rosemary Verey. Bulfinch Press, 1994.
Rosemary Verey’s English Country Gardens. Henry Holt & Co, 1996.
The English Country Garden. BBC Books, 1996.
Rosemary Verey’s Making of a Garden. Frances Lincoln Publishers, 2001. Photographs by Tony Lord. Plans rendered in watercolor by Hilary Wills. New York.
The Garden in Winter. Frances Lincoln Publishers, 2002.
A Countrywoman’s Year by Rosemary Verey. First US edition, hard cover. ((Little, Brown and Company, 1989.