Sissinghurst Garden, Cranbrook, Kent, England.

A sixteenth
century tower, and other buildings, with the most famous twentieth
century garden in England. Sissinghurst garden is a prime example of the
Arts and Crafts style. The garden was made on the site of a medieval
manor and some structures survive. Harold Nicolson, a diplomat and
author, laid down the main lines of the Sissinghurst design in the
1930s. Vita Sackville-West, a poet, a garden writer and Harold’s wife,
took responsibility for the planting at Sissinghurst garden. She worked as an ‘artist-gardener’. Her planting design was brilliant.

The most famous and influential
feature of Sissinghurst is the White Garden. It exemplified and
popularised Jekyll’s idea of using colour themes in planting design.

Photo: C.E. Bourke.

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