Vita Sackville-West: Poet & Gardener : Dr Twigs Way

"Famous now for her gardens at Sissinghurst, and imposed exile from Knole, in her lifetime Vita Sackville-West was a celebrated poet and writer. Novels, biographies and prose poetry reflect her own passions whether for people, plants or places. Idolising pastoral poets, she wrote of travels in the east and society in the west, whilst Virginia Woolf pictured Vita as the timeless Orlando. Using images of gardens, excerpts from books, letters between herself and Harold Nicolson, and even audio of Vita herself reading aloud: we will explore the extraordinary life and loves or our most famous gardener. "

Tutor: Dr Twigs Way

"Dr Twigs Way is a professional garden historian and divides her time between research and consultancy, giving lectures, talks and writing books. Twigs came to garden history from a career in archaeology, having focussed on landscape archaeology during her PhD. Since 2004 she has worked closely with English Heritage and other public bodies undertaking research on parks and gardens. Twigs has appeared in numerous television programmes including Gardeners' World. "