APL Garden Designer Member;
Garden and Landscape Designer Kent

Telephone: 01892 263863
Email: info@karenmcclure.co.uk

The very ‘Great Dixter’!

The very ‘Great Dixter’!

I was fortunate enough to attend a study day with Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter House and Gardens this week.  A treat for the senses on all levels……from the aroma of fresh coffee that greeted us on arrival in the Great Hall, (not to mention the scrumptious shortbread), the visually inspiring slide show and lecture from Fergus to the tour around the gardens with the very enthusiastic and oh so knowledgeable Janick, (my apologies if I have not spelt the name correctly)!

Both Fergus & Janick emersed us in their passion, creativity and horticultural knowledge to leave us feeling inspired and looking at the placement of plants from a different perspective and most importantly the rich colours and ‘edgy’ planting style and strategy of Christopher Lloyd lives on through their teaching and gardens.

Thank goodness for the Great Dixter Charitable Trust that makes this all possible and of course to Fergus, his family and his gardening team.

My poppy, given to us all by Fergus, (see the last photo below) is very proudly planted and I will nurture it along in my garden – my own little patch of Great Dixter!  And yes I did manage to smuggle a few purchases from the nursery past my husband on my return home!

A cracking day – I went home buzzing!  As well as being able to indulge in learning about horticulture for the novice or professional this also makes a great gift idea…….Do have a look at their website for a complete listing of events: http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/

See you all in September.

The address for Great Dixter is:

Great Dixter Northiam Rye East Sussex TN31 6PH

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A delicious tapestry! Bursting into life after the long Winter...... Fergus Garrett Great Dixter - The Bamboo! Myosotis & Gerannium The Barn Garden - I love the contrast of the vertical with the horizontal in this shot.My own little patch of Great Dixter