Vera Betts

When I bought my first house and garden in 1977 my grandmother, Vera Betts, and I exchanged many letters during which she taught me how to garden. She encouraged me to plant potatoes to break up the heavy clay soil. She told me which bushes to plant to create a beautiful hedge. In this photo, taken when she was in her 90s, she had become blind. This was a tragedy for someone who so loved flowers.