Date(s) - 11/06/2015
09:15 - 15:30
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This visit was Rowledge Gardening club’s first ever coach trip. Forty eight members of the club boarded the coach at The Square on Thursday 11th June to visit Great Dixter in Northiam in East Sussex.
In stark contrast to our last garden visit (see last month’s review), the sun smiled upon us- not a hint of rain was in the air and the cold east wind had dropped to cause members to put on their sun hats rather than their umbrellas up!
Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett (Head Gardener accompanied by his assistant on the left in the picture) 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.
It did not disappoint- it is a beautiful garden created by Christopher Lloyd in his childhood home and now carried on in his memory by Fergus Garrett.
Christopher Lloyd was famous for his colourful borders often with clashing oranges, pinks and blues and his constantly changing arrangements of terracotta pots- very labour intensive and hard to copy in a domestic garden but beautiful nonetheless. In addition the family house is open in the afternoon with plenty of Lloyd history to soak up.
We came away with lots of ideas and inspiration – rustic eight foot ladders, wooden border supports, how to incorporate Lutyen’s steps into our gardens and perhaps the pièce de résistance – the wonderful wild flower meadows in their June glory with masses of orchids on display.