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'Norah Lindsay could by her plantings evoke all the pleasures of a flower garden. She captured the essence of midsummer . . . or gave the pith of autumn . . . She lifted herbaceous planting into a poetic category and gave it an air of rapture and spontaneity.'
Russell Page, The Education of a Gardener

In the years between the wars Norah Bourke Lindsay (1873-1948) was a major influence on the course of garden design and planting. She developed her skills in her own magical garden at the Manor House, Sutton Courtenay in Oxfordshire, widely regarded as the most beautiful garden in England. Then, in 1924, facing financial ruin after the collapse of her marriage, she embarked upon a career as a garden designer. Her commissions ranged from the gardens of quiet English manor houses to the grand estates of the country house set, to royal gardens in France, Germany, Italy and Yugoslavia.

She designed gardens for Nancy Astor at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, the Prince of Wales at Fort Belvedere in Windsor Great Park, the Horners at Mells in Somerset, Nancy Lancaster at both Kelmarsh in Northamptonshire and Ditchley in Oxfordshire, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan in France, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia at Bled, Princess Aspasia at the Palazzo Contanini Accademia in Venice, and Prince Otto von Bismarck at Friedrichsruh in Germany. She worked with her friend Lawrence Johnston to create the great garden at Hidcote in Gloucestershire. She successfully and deftly gardened in different soils and varied climates across all of England and throughout Europe.


About The Book
  Norah Lindsay Book

She wrote wistfully to her sister 'I am a tired and cold business woman! I used to adore lying in bed in a hot bedroom and having nothing to do.' Nevertheless, it is for her gifted creativity, and her productivity, that we admire her today.

  • The biography of a remarkable garden designer

  • Captures her life, work, and times

  • More than 300 intriguing photographs show her gardens, her plantings, and her friends