Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Gardens to Visit: Great Dixter

In November 2010 we went on a work visit to Great Dixter in East Sussex. We were there for a seminar on Lutyens so inside the house for most of the day but here are some photographs of the lovely gardens. I would really like to go back in summer to see the long borders in full flower, and the famous wild flower meadow too.

The house dates from the mid 15th century but was substantially altered for the Lloyd family in 1910 - 1910 by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Christopher Lloyd, who became a celebrated gardener and gardening writer, lived there all his life and the house and gardens are now managed as a Trust in his memory.

There was lots of Cotoneaster on show. The birds don't really like the bright red berries so they usually brighten the garden until well into February. 

The gardens at Great Dixter are divided into a series of rooms by great walls of closely clipped yew. And there is plenty of handsome yew topiary to admire.

Spindle and Guelder Rose berries (above) and (below) I think this is Arbutus or Strawberry Tree.

Very handsome Houseleeks and Moss on the low roof of an outhouse.

You can see that you would get quite a different series of photographs if you visited Great Dixter at a different time of year. But the paths and the yew hedges give the garden a wonderful structure all year round. 

Definitely worth a visit, and don't forget to go round the house too if you can as it is lovely. Of course there is a shop, and the nursery sells all sorts of interesting plants. 

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