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Posted by quietblondie (U6805030) on Tuesday, 28th August 2007
Hi all going on a garden holiday to Sussex on Thursday. Hoping to see Sarah Raven's garden, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter plus garden nursery's as well. Really looking forward to it. Has anybody been to any of these?
Posted by gutsy gran (U3692229) on Wednesday, 29th August 2007
We went to Sissinghurst 2yrs ago. I think it was September. It was really loveley altho I said I wld like to go back in June(Havent made it so far) I enjoyed seeing inside the house where Vita Sackville West did her writing. We bought some plants to put in our garden. Stayed overnight in Cranbrook (?) Let u know which garden you like best.
Posted by Sandie121 (U9381956) on Monday, 3rd September 2007
What company are you going with? sounds very interesting, would like to know for future reference.
Posted by Trillium (U2170869) on Monday, 3rd September 2007
I loved Great Dixter when I visited last August. A friend went a few weeks ago and said it felt a little overrun. Perhaps we like different degrees of chaos or perhaps there is a tipping point of disorder which has been passed? I don't know without going back myself.
For me, it was as if someone had thrown away the rule book and simply invited me to feel, rather than analyse, a garden. Great Dixter altered my sense of what gardens are for in one damp but magical afternoon.
I do hope the weather is good and you get time to look around and remind yourself that you are less than 40 miles from London. Much of East Sussex is a breathtaking, surprisingly arboreal, ancient and wonderfully ignored piece of England as people pass either side on the way to Brighton or Dover. May it stay that way for a very long time!
Posted by quietblondie (U6805030) on Wednesday, 5th September 2007
Hi all just recovering from garden overloaded hols. Really enjoyed it had great weather and food. Loved Sarah Ravens garden although the shop was a bit sparse and got her autograph. Sissinghurst was out of this world. Just wished we had longer to look round.Also loved the house which somebody told me that Sarah Raven had moved there. If she has I envy her alot. Great Dixter I've been to before. I'd describe it as a masculine planted garden. I liked the relaxness of it all. Also got to talk to Fergus.Saw lots of other gardens as well. The garden holiday was run by my local garden club.
Posted by Chelsea_Rose (U3847469) on Wednesday, 5th September 2007
Well QB, you're clocking up the celeb gardeners what with Alan Mason, Chris, Fergus and Sarah.
I think you are right about Sissinghurst and Sarah who I gather lives there part of the week. Her husband is the grandson of Harold Nicholson and Vita Sackville-West, Sissinghurst's garden creators. Her own parents were noted plant collectors and her Godmother is the awesome Penelope Hobhouse. A pretty impressive gardening line-up one way or the other. No wonder she's so good at it.
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