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Great Dixter Gardens

Listed under Gardens in South East England, United Kingdom.

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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 also contains Lutyens features within a layout by Nathaniel Lloyd, it's owner at that time.

The planting of the gardens today reflects the carefully contrived planting principles of the late Christopher Lloyd, son of Nathaniel, author, columnist and lecturer on garden plants and design. The amazing thing about this garden is that one season's planting is designed, especially in the borders, to flow seamlessly into the next. The aim is to have new growth coming up to hide the old as it dies down.

Different parts of the garden have a horticultural thread running through their entirety, in the form of such as apparently self seeded forget-me-nots and ladybird poppies. Christopher inherited his mother's love of informality and this befits the cottage garden style which surrounds the old house. Besides the colourful formal planting, significant areas are left as meadow, where wild orchids and other self seeded wild plants are encouraged by a sympathetic mowing regime. There is also a structural thread running throughout the garden. This is the hundreds of old flagstones brought from the City of London by railway and then horse and cart and laid out as paths at the time of the garden's construction by Nathaniel and Lutyens.

Written by  Tony Sissons.

Other expert and press reviews

“Vibrant yet Historically Significant”

Great Dixter is at once vibrant and cutting edge, yet it is a setting of great historical significance for both landscape design and architecture. It was the home of renowned British gardener and author Christopher Lloyd until his death in 2006, and is… Read more...

Written by  Marty Wingate.

“Best of the English Flower Gardens”

The best of all English flower gardens, the creation of the late Christopher Lloyd and now maintained by his gardener Fergus Garrett. The planting schemes continue the tradition of adventurous herbaceous planting begun by Gertrude Jekyll 100 years ago, … Read more...

Written by  Steven Desmond.

“A Must See for Gardeners”

A must see for gardeners, you will not forget the series of gardens nor will you forget the differences in gardening styles. Great Dixter is a charming 15th century timber-framed manor house set in one of the most beautiful gardens in England. Records f… Read more...

Written by  Donna Dawson.

“Great Dixter House & Garden”

The late gardener and author Christopher Lloyd was an exuberant and opinionated character and his garden is just as colourful and unpredictable. The garden dates from 1910 when Edward Lutyens, who is often deemed the greatest British architect of the 20… Read more...

Written by  Kent Ross.

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a recent visit to dixter revealed one of the most stunning gardens we have ever seen,one plant in particular caught our attention but unable to identify it we will return with a picture and hope to purchase it from your nursery.we highly recomend a visit to anyone remotely interested in flowers and gardening.

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