Exhibition charts garden evolution

Great Dixter SUS-161008-122544001
Great Dixter SUS-161008-122544001

An exhibition of photographs of one of the most famous gardens in Europe is currently on display at Great Dixter in Northiam.

Well known gardening author Christopher Lloyd gardened at Great Dixter for over 50 years.

During that time he recorded the garden on colour slide for his books, articles and lectures.

The exhibition, which marks the 10th anniversary of his death, shows prints taken from these slides for the first time. Over the last year volunteers, curators, conservators and specialist photographers have been cataloguing, conserving and digitising the slides to create a visual archive of Christopher Lloyd’s work at Great Dixter.

The pictures start in the 1950s, when Christopher returned to Dixter from teaching at Wye College to earn a living from his own garden, ends with the golden period of the 1990s when Christopher gardened with Fergus Garrett, turning the Rose Garden into an exotic jungle, developing a wild flower meadow on the Topiary Lawn and installing in the Walled Garden a pebble mosaic of his beloved dachshunds.

It is an opportunity to see how Great Dixter developed into the distinctive garden it is today. The exhibition is currently on display in the Great Barn and runs until October 30. It is open daily 11am. to 5 pm, except Mondays. Admission with ticket to the garden.

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