Book review: Rosemary Verey: The Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener

Photo of book cover of Rosemary Verey: The life and Lessons of a Legendary GardenerRosemary Verey: the Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener by Barbara Paul Robinson

Rosemary Verey was a housewife and gardener who came to prominence late in life after her husband died and left her financially insecure. She was a self-taught garden expert heavily influenced by early English gardens and gardeners. She created traditional gardens such as Herb Gardens, Knot Gardens, Potagers and Parterre Borders. Within these formal structures, she combined “layers”  of flowers to create very intense, dynamic garden spaces. Prince Charles and Elton John were clients but her lasting impact was in the United States where she instilled confidence in American gardeners through her books and tours. Garden designs by Rosemary Verey were in great demand.

Garden designs have changed and the very detailed, labour intensive garden has given way to a more relaxed and informal style. However, elements of Rosemary Verey’s design principles still exist. She stressed the beauty of the garden throughout the year including the winter and the inclusion of vegetables into flower beds. Rosemary Verey died at 82 in 2001, working to the end. Her legacy remains in part due to her prolific writing output. In the space of 20 years she wrote 17 books, 3 of her titles can be found in the library (see below).

The author of this book worked in Rosemary’s garden and became a personal friend.  Her fondness for the gardener is evident although she is also objective about Rosemary’s failings and troubled personal relationship.  It is unfortunate that the author is not more skillful.  At times the book is repetitious and the writing style stilted.  This book is successful because Rosemary Verey is a fascinating character worth reading about.

~Liz Fenwick

Books by Rosemary Verey

Classic Garden DesignHow to Adapt and Recreate Garden Features of the Past

The Garden in Winter

Rosemary Verey’s Making of a Garden

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AboutMyPropertyTM from MPAC

Municipal Property Assessment CorporationThe Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has designed an online application entitled AboutMyPropertyTM for customers who want to compare their property assessment with others in their neighbourhood or municipality. It allows property owners to gain a better understanding of their property assessment through a secure, online self-service application. Through this service, a property owner can access property assessment information, site information, and recent sales information on their property and other properties in the neighbourhood, free of charge.

To access this service, please visit Questions or comments should be directed to MPAC (

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Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Image of Grover and the Sesame Street signThe library is pleased to announce the addition of a new online resource for children…Sesame Street ebooks. These ebooks from Sesame Street Workshops provide you and your child with a wide range of bright, colourful and fun stories, some of which are enhanced with audio narration, sound effects and music. The collection also includes interactive and animated ebooks that bring your child’s reading and educational experience alive.

Access this collection from the Sesame Street page on our website using your library card number.

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Battle Royal Champion Revealed

Photo of cover of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, first book in the Percy Jackson seriesOur month long battle for teen/juvenile book supremacy has ended! 32 books entered the ring, and after five rounds of voting, one book was left standing. To the surprise of many, and the delight of more, the winner is Percy Jackson. Rick Riordan’s juvenile series beat out The Hunger Games for first place. Well fought, Percy!

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Book Sale a success!

Man carrying Big pile of booksThanks to everyone who took part in the Book Sale last weekend! The sale raised over $2,700 to support Library programming. Hardworking volunteers from the Friends of the Library, those who donated books, and those who bought books, we are grateful to you all!

We’ll start accepting donations again in the early fall. Stay tuned!

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