Kent Trip


Sissinghurst Castle Gardens -Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson, 1930
Great Dixter – Cristopher Lloyd, 1954
Dungeness – Derek Jarman Garden Prospect Cottage, 1991

We start the day in Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicholson’s world famous garden where you can enjoy the exquisite walled herb garden, mixed border gardens, an oast house museum, a white garden and a cottage garden.


Sissinghurst Gardens [image courtesy of Andrew and Annemarie]

 The next destination is Great Dixter, once the home of and planted by a well-known horticulturalist Christopher Lloyd. Enjoy the variety of plantings, including the peacock topiary, wild meadow flowers, mixed borders, the famous Long Border, ponds and the exuberant Exotic Garden. Here too is the largest surviving timber-framed halls in the country.


Great Dixter [image courtesy of Tom Lee]

Later on, we continue to Dungeness, to Derek Jarman’s inspirational garden on the shingle shore. This area known as the desert of England, is remarkable in its landscape character and also because it hosts a third of Britain’s plant species.


Prospect Cottage, Derek Jarman’s driftwood garden [image courtesy of Allan Harris]