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Labours of Love: Sissinghurst Castle & Great Dixter – 9 Hours

Both these gardens represent a lifetime’s work on the part of their owners: every plant, every structure, is there for a reason. The fact both Vita Sackville-West and Christopher Lloyd were widely admired gardening writers has only added to their appeal for gardening fans.


Sissinghurst: Formal gardens – White Garden – Lime Walk – Cottage Garden – Vita’s writing tower – Library – Nuttery – Revolving gazebo.

Great Dixter: Mediaeval Manor and Lutyens’ involvement – Long Borders – Stock Gardens – Topiary Peacock Garden – Oasthouse.


Come along on private tours in Sissinghurst and Great Dixter and discover where the Nicolsons found their dream house, a derelict castle on the Kentish Weald, in the 1930s. Far from their hectic lives in political and literary London they designed and planted their extraordinary garden. It is now beautifully maintained by the National Trust, but still every corner, every doorway, every hedge conceals a surprise, whether a statue, all-white planting or formal, tree-lined walks.

The 15th-century manor house of Great Dixter, on the other hand, was the childhood home of Christopher Lloyd, who wrote his first gardening book in the 1950s. He learnt many of his skills from his mother and built informal borders dancing with colour and variety, as well as lovely topiary and stock gardens for nurturing plants.

Private tours in Sissinghurst and Great Dixter are a wonderful way to compare and contrast two very different gardens. Your Driver-Guided tours in Sissinghurst and Great Dixter will explore the history of the gardens and their owners, your guide choosing the nicest route between them and suggesting the best place to stop for lunch en route.

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