Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Posted on: December 4th, 2011 by Rob

Sissinghurst is the magical creation of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, who moved here in 1930 and transformed the ruins of an Elizabethan mansion and its surroundings.

Developed around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion with a central red-brick prospect tower, a series of small enclosed compartments, intimate in scale and romantic in atmosphere, provide outstanding design and colour through the season. The study, where Vita worked, and library are also open to visitors.

The garden was divided into a series of compartments and each ‘room’ filled with an inspired and informal arrangement of plants around a theme: the White Garden, the Purple Border, the Rose Garden, the Herb Garden, the Lime Walk and the Cottage Garden. The White Garden, with its Rosa mulliganii, erupts into a cascade of white flowers in summer, and has inspired countless imitations.


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