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  • She was a English poet and a world famous gardener.

    During World War II, Vita Sackville-West could peer down from her medieval tower room to see the garden of Sissinghurst spreading out around her. But Vita wrote at night, and unless a full moon rose, she saw little of the land she loved.

    Then one spring evening she saw a wild white lily flower glowing in faint moonlight and realized that a garden of such plants at the foot of her tower would be visible in all but the dark of the moon. And so she began the most famous white and silver garden in the world, just to have something to look at between pages of nocturnal scribbling.

    Those who see it often malign this lack of color, when in fact it was carefully crafted to reflect moonlight. Only when you see this garden from the window of her writing room above does it all make sense: the dark hedges defining glowing silver foliage and white or pale yellow flowers.
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