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The White Garden @ Sissinghurst  Kent | by keithhull
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The White Garden @ Sissinghurst Kent

The final shot of this trio of garden photos. On the way to France we just had time to make a detour to Sissinghurst in Kent. This is one of the gardens I have always wanted to visit and it was a absolute revelation. The garden is designed as a series of small enclosed gardens, this is the very famous white garden. We got there very late and only had an hour before it closed but wonderfully we had it almost to ourselves


There will be further postings from here and Giverny and Versailles but I better change the subject for the next post


A bit of history

Sissinghurst's garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. Sackville-West was a writer on the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group who found her greatest popularity in the weekly columns she contributed as gardening correspondent of The Observer, which incidentally—for she never touted it—made her own garden famous. Sissinghurst's garden is one of the best-loved in the whole of the United Kingdom, drawing visitors from all over the world. The garden itself is designed as a series of "rooms", each with a different character of colour and/or theme, the walls being high clipped hedges and many pink brick walls. The rooms and "doors" are so arranged that, as one enjoys the beauty in a given room, one suddenly discovers a new vista into another part of the garden, making a walk a series of discoveries that keeps leading one into yet another area of the garden. Nicolson spent his efforts coming up with interesting new interconnections, while Sackville-West focused on making the flowers in the interior of each room exciting.

The site is ancient— "hurst" is the Saxon term for "an enclosed wood". A manorhouse with a three-armed moat was built here in the Middle Ages.By 1305, Sissinghurst was impressive enough for King Edward I to spend the night. In 1490, Thomas Baker purchased Sissinghurst. The house was given a new brick gatehouse in the 1530s by Sir John Baker, one of Henry VIII's Privy Councillors, and hugely enlarged in the 1560s by his son Sir Richard Baker, when it became the centre of a 700-acre deer park. In 1573, Queen Elizabeth I spent three nights at Sissinghurst.



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Taken on June 2, 2012