Virginia Woolf

A Botanical Perspective

Presented by the Botanic Garden of Smith College

Talland House
Photographs courtesy of Frances Hooper Collection of Virginia Woolf
Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College
Virginia Woolf's father recalls family summers at Talland House:

The pleasantest of my memories of this kind refer to our summers, all of which were passed in Cornwall, especially to the thirteen summers (1882 to 1894) at St. Ives. There we bought the lease of Talland House: a small but roomy house, with a garden of an acre or two all up and down hill, with quaint little terraces divided by hedges of escallonia, a grape-house and kitchen-garden and a so-called "orchard" beyond. Julia loved flowers and delighted in such gardening as was compatible with the shortness of our residences. . . . I can see my Julia strolling among her beloved flowers. . .

From Sir Leslie Stephen's Mausoleum Book, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977, written by Leslie Stephen in 1895 to mourn the death of his wife, Julia.

Front view showing the balconies of Talland House
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