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English Garden Tour May 21 2019

We had an early departure as we left the Cotswolds bound for Kent and Sussex in East England. Our 3 hr ride was an extra hour due to traffic issues so we arrived at Great Dixter House about noon. Great Dixter was made famous by Christopher Lloyd, a well known garden writer and television personality. This garden is in the Arts and Craft style and features topiaries, a long border, an orchard and a wild field meadow. Here the plantings are profuse and structured and has many bold expressions of form,color and combination.

Our next stop Pashley Manor was definitely one of everyone’s favorite! Here are 11 acres of borders and vistas~ the culmination of a lifetime of passion for the traditional English Garden. Every turn was met with awe and appreciation of this beautiful estate and garden. We absolutely LOVED it!

We continued on to Sissinghurst Castle and gardens which are considered the most famous gardens in all of England. The gardens epitomizes the gardens of the mid 20th century. Within Sissinghurst are the white garden, the purple border, the rose garden, herb garden, lime walk and cottage garden. You can climb the 78 stairs to the top of the tower, although a zillion bees prevented anyone from getting pictures from the top. (Unless you wanted to be stung!)

We drove into Sissinghurst to our accommodations the Hempstead House, for 2 nights. Here we had lovely accommodations and wonderful food! The desserts are to die for!