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We'll always regard it as a huge privilege to have had the first lady of English gardening as a contributor to Greenfingers. When Rosemary died in the summer of 2001, after a short illness, along with the gardening community around the world, we mourned the loss of a friend and leading light.

It's difficult to know where to start with the accolades for Rosemary and her world-famous garden at Barnsley House in Gloucestershire. But rest assured, her reputation remains quite simply second to none, whether as a gardener, garden designer or garden writer. Recognition has come in the shape of an OBE and the Royal Horticultural Society's highest accolade, the Victorian Medal of Honour.

The garden at Barnsley has been one of England's most popular and inspirational for years and in 1988 won the prestigious Garden of the Year Award. In addition, Rosemary designed gardens, or bits of them, for a host of celebrities in Britain and the Unites States. Prince Charles, Elton John and the late King Hussein of Jordan for starters?

Rosemary's list of garden books includes some of the most widely read and inspirational of recent years, such as Classic Garden Design, The Garden in Winter and Rosemary Verey's Making of a Garden. She also wrote for a number of newspapers and magazines.

For many years Rosemary worked on creating the garden at Barnsley with her husband David, who died in 1984. Thereaftere she continued the work, in recent years moving into The Close next door while one of their four children, Charles, moved into Barnsley House.

Her love of the garden and enthusiasm for all things gardening always continued to grow and Greenfingers just presented yet another exciting opportunity not to be missed.

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