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The Gardens of Kent

Kent, situated in the South-Eastern corner of England, stretching from London to Dover, is often described as ‘The Garden of England’. Indeed, it contains many of the finest gardens to visit and is the ideal location for a garden tour.

The possibilities are too numerous to mention, but perhaps the most famous are Sissinghurst and Great Dixter, which are situated quite close to each other and easily visited in a day.

Great Dixter Tour

The poet Vita Sackville-West began developing the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930’s with her husband Harold Nicolson. Harold designed the architecture of the gardens, creating ‘rooms’ and Vita introduced vibrant planting. A wonderful view of the whole garden and estate can be seen from the top of the castle tower. Now owned by the National Trust, the castle and gardens have been beautifully maintained and include a restaurant and interesting ‘Oast houses’ which are common in this region and used for drying hops.

Nearby is Great Dixter, the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his life and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now cared for byFergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world. Most of the garden design was by Lutyens, who incorporated farm buildings into his design, turning them to other uses.

Take a look at our England Garden History Tours where you can visit Sissinghurst Castle Sheffield Park Garden, and other glorious garden location. If you are interested in creating your own tour, complete the enquiry form.

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