“Come visit me at Dixter” was the invitation offered to many garden lovers around the world by Christoper Lloyd or Christo as he became known to his legions of friends. Dixter is the large timber framed manor house and surrounding gardens that was the inspiration for his garden writing. I am among the many followers of his gardening wisdom. When I first heard about the Symposium for “a few of our American friends”, I knew I had to put Dixter on my garden travel list.
On a misty early September morning I was met at Heathrow and whisked away to the enchanting world that is Dixter. Soon I was sitting in front of a roaring fire in the Yeoman’s hall and meeting Fergus Garrett, head gardener and keeper of the flame at Dixter. There followed an intense week of lectures, visits to nearby world class gardens, fabulous farm to table meals and wonderful companionship. Fergus, Perry and the staff at Dixter have managed to keep the spirit of Chriso’s Dixter alive. I left thoroughly enchanted by the place and inspired to new heights of succession gardening!
Here are a few of the garden photos from my trip to Great Dixter, William Robinson’s Wild Garden at Gravetye Manor and Sissinghurst. Perhaps you will also want to become a friend of Dixter. Find out more visit greatdixter.co.uk
The Long Border at Gravytyne Manor
The Tower at Sissinghurst