Set in the heart of the Sussex downs, Charleston Farmhouse is the most important remaining example of Bloomsbury decorative style. The walled garden, the pond, the orchard and the fields beyond all contributed in a major sense to the creative energies of the place. The year-round beauty and glory of this most English but artistic of gardens has been captured by one of Britain's leading garden photographers.
Sue Snell is a leading documentary and horticultural photographer and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Buy this book for its photographs. Sue Snell is one of the most interesting garden photographers in Britain. And the least predicable. This is not the glossy garden photography that you see in magazines but, rather, an emotive, personal response top the life of the gardens. Canvas: Friends of Charleston magazine A treat for all Bloomsbury fans. Saga Full of luscious photos. Lady With her exquisite photographs, Sue Snell captures not only the glory but the creativity that inspires visitors to this day. Hatchards Sue Snell has captured the Englishness well and must be applauded for maintaining the ever-present 'weather' throughout the book. So often pictures are edited of their climate, but this one is animated by sun, cloud, cloud, rain and gloom. The owners' lives as artists are also well represented. Perhaps the most touching thing is that this was once a private place that came about through the application and ingenuity of the owners. That is the truth of a good garden and we are lucky to have it so well remembered here. House & Garden A surprisingly artful and considered take on the garden photography format. Wider garden views are mixed with with detail shots, but most interesting are the moments she gets down on the ground to examine insects and forgotten artefacts. This book is worth a look. Amateur Photographer The garden retains an intimacy and quietness, a sense of artistry mixed with domesticity, which is incredibly appealing. Snell's pictures go a long way towards capturing that allure. Argus A very pretty coffee table book. Image Interiors It is both a tribute to the work of the Trust and its dedicated team of gardeners, and a record of this wonderful garden's many delights through the seasons. Good Book Guide