Rosemary Verey was a garden designer, lecturer and prolific garden writer. Rosemary began designing the Barnsley House gardens in the 1950s and went on to design many more gardens, both here in the UK and internationally – including the famous New York Botanical Gardens, as well as gardens for Prince Charles, Sir Elton John and Princess Michael of Kent.
Notorious for taking inspiration from large public gardens, she adapted those ideas for the smaller space at Barnsley House. In 1962, her husband, David Verey, brought the Temple from Fairford Park to Barnsley House; a fitting choice for a famed architectural historian. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, a younger generation of country gardeners came to Barnsley House to learn from Rosemary’s horticultural skills.
Rosemary was awarded an OBE in 1997 and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour in 1999. Her gardens also captivated the Prince of Wales, following his first visit to Barnsley House in 1986. The Prince returned regularly to see Rosemary and her gardens, with a final poignant visit following her funeral in June 2001.
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