Tony Sissons

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12th June 2007

Tony Sissons is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, the National Trust and the Garden Writers Association. He has been a keen gardener since his childhood, laid out his own gardens in Malaysia, The Sultanate of Oman, Dubai and in the United Kingdom, and has visited hundreds of gardens in many parts of the world.
Tony started in the garden tour business with a colleague in association with the Automobile Association of New Zealand in 1992. Since then their business, Sisley Garden Tours, has welcomed on tour hundreds of independent travellers and groups of visitors from garden clubs, plant societies, alumni associations and botanical gardens from many countries. BBC Television filmed on a tour in 2004.

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Tony Sissons's activity

  1. October 2011
  2. Tony Sissons reviewed Bodnant in Wales, United Kingdom

    Here is the classic flower garden of an ancestral family home. This 80 acre garden planted by the Aberconway family falls broadly into two parts, a formal terrace garden and The Dell, a spring woodland garden. It has abundant running water and a backgrou…"

  3. July 2007
  4. Tony Sissons reviewed Stourhead in West Country, United Kingdom

    This garden represents man's strict control of nature in a cultured classical way. One of the most complete and best preserved of the 18th century, this garden of 40 acres is laid out around a sinuous lake on whose shores are disposed paths, temples, u…"

  5. June 2007
  6. Tony Sissons rated Palais Het Loo

  7. Tony Sissons rated Hortus Botanicus of Leiden University

  8. Tony Sissons rated Chateau de Villandry

  9. Tony Sissons rated Bodnant

  10. Tony Sissons rated Powis Castle

  11. Tony Sissons rated Crathes Castle Gardens

  12. Tony Sissons rated Wisley Garden

  13. Tony Sissons rated Stourhead

  14. Tony Sissons rated Great Dixter Gardens

  15. Tony Sissons rated Monet's Gardens

  16. Tony Sissons reviewed Hortus Botanicus of Leiden University in The Netherlands

    Here is an academic garden from the time of the Renaissance and the foundation for the Dutch bulb industry. Founded in 1587, the Hortus Academicus was amongst the earliest botanical gardens in Europe. Carolus Clusius, a Flemish doctor and botanist als…"

  17. Tony Sissons reviewed Palais Het Loo in Apeldoorn, Netherlands

    A historical Dutch garden which set the fashion for early formal English landscape gardens. In Apeldoorn a magnificently restored and immaculately maintained formal baroque garden is laid out before a red brick royal palace. From 1686 the palace repl…"

  18. Tony Sissons reviewed Crathes Castle Gardens in Scotland, United Kingdom

    This garden is one of the best for its clever use of colour. In front of a typically Scottish turreted and rough-hewn pink-granite castle of the Burnett family, dating from 1596, lies a wonderful garden whose monstrous yew hedges were planted in 1702. …"

  19. Tony Sissons reviewed Powis Castle in Wales, United Kingdom

    This romantic garden is different from other English gardens and is rich in planting and history. Built by the Medieval Princes of Upper Powys on a rocky outcrop, this blush-pink castle has been the ancestral home of the Herbert family since 1587. Powi…"

  20. Tony Sissons reviewed Wisley Garden in London, United Kingdom

    This garden provides a wonderful contemporary reference for garden design and plantsmanship. This wonderful 240 acre garden at Wisley is the largest of four botanical gardens in England owned by the members of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Ev…"

  21. Tony Sissons reviewed Chateau de Villandry in Loire Valley, France

    Who would believe you could make a show of vegetables? Moated renaissance house of 1536 by the banks of the River Cher, just before it flows into the Loire. The present owner's grandfather Dr Joachim Carvallo, a Spaniard, bought the château in 1906. …"

  22. Tony Sissons rated Gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte

  23. Tony Sissons reviewed Gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte in Ile-de-France, France

    This garden is a study in complex design which brought about a revolution in garden layout. Introducing the 17th century French Formal landscape, this garden marked a fundamental point in the development of garden design. The garden and château were…"

  24. May 2007
  25. Tony Sissons reviewed Monet's Gardens in North East France, France

    Monet's Garden is the colourful garden of an artist, by an artist. This is the garden created from 1883 to 1926 in the Valley of the River Epte by Claude Monet, one of the world's best loved artists. He was the leader of the Impressionist painters, the …"

  26. Tony Sissons reviewed Great Dixter Gardens in South East England, United Kingdom

    This garden melds antiquity and nature with the delicate controlling touch of man. The half timbered manor house, which is mainly medieval, was restored in 1910 under the supervision of the renowned English architect Edwin Lutyens. The garden structure…"