Tom and some of his cacti.
Tom's hot house
Lullinstone Castle's Tom Hart Dyke has unveiled his new cacti and succulent house in his World Garden.
Tom Hart Dyke’s all new Cacti and Succulent House was unveiled on Saturday 22nd March when the World Garden opened its gates for the 2008 season. Tom’s Cacti House will contain, arguably the biggest private collection of cacti and succulents in the UK.
Tom said, "I didn’t really know what to call it, so I threw it open to the public – and the response was brilliant – we had emails from all over the country, and in the end we picked a great name: ‘Hot & Spikey'. All I can say is: it sums up the new project well."
The new Cacti House comes at an exciting time for the modern-day plant hunter. Last year Tom welcomed 23,000 visitors to his family house and World Garden – an astonishing achievement considering the family’s fortunes were failing in 2003 when they received a total of 2,000 visitors through the Tudor gatehouse that year.
The mural painted on the back wall of Hot & Spikey was created by Plaxtol artist Will Jordan. Will had been on site since early January, rendering and painting the wall. He was also responsible for the beautiful new slate sign welcoming visitors to Tom’s World Garden. Will says of working with Tom: "It’s brilliant – we work so well together, Tom lets me put forward my creative ideas and I feel free to use my imagination – which is essential in the relationship."
last updated: 20/03/2008 at 12:25