Lady Vita Sackville-West CH
(1892-1962)

woman, writer, gardener, Lady (from 1913), and Companion of Honour (from 1948)

Died aged c. 70

Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson, CH (9 March 1892 – 2 June 1962), usually known as Vita Sackville-West, was an English author and garden designer. She was a successful novelist, poet, and journalist, as well as a prolific letter writer and diarist. She published more than a dozen collections of poetry during her lifetime and 13 novels. She was twice awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature: in 1927 for her pastoral epic, The Land, and in 1933 for her Collected Poems. She was the inspiration for the androgynous protagonist of Orlando: A Biography, by her famous friend and lover, Virginia Woolf. She had a longstanding column in The Observer (1946–1961) and is remembered for the celebrated garden at Sissinghurst created with her husband, Sir Harold Nicolson.

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Harold Nicolson 1886-1968 and Vita Sackville-West 1892-1962 writers and gardeners lived here

182 Ebury Street, Belgravia, Westminster, SW1, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Here lived V. Sackville-West who made this garden Born at Knole 9 March 1892 Died at Sissinghurst 2 June 1962

Sissinghurst, Biddenden Road, Cranbrook, United Kingdom where they was