Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay.
Why is Sissinghurst famous?
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, at Sissinghurst in the Weald of Kent in England, was created by Vita Sackville-West, poet and writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. It is among the most famous gardens in England and is designated Grade I on Historic England’s register of historic parks and gardens.
Did Sarah Raven live at Sissinghurst?
And if that isn’t enough to make you jealous, at one point, she and her family spent eight years living at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, the family home of her husband Adam Nicolson, the grandson of the late great Vita Sackville-West.
Who designed Sissinghurst gardens?
Arguably, Sackville-West’s finest achievement was the creation of the one-colour gardens at Sissinghurst. This she created by relating groups of plants in mass and height and trying colours against each other until satisfied with the right combination.
Who started Sissinghurst?
Sissinghurst Castle Garden – Sissinghurst’s garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat.
What is the best time of year to visit Sissinghurst?
June is traditionally considered the best time to visit Sissinghurst when all those roses are in their first heady flush, but this is a garden that is fascinating in all seasons and it’s hard to beat the lush freshness of spring, when the Lime Walk is bordered with kaleidoscopic spring bulbs.
When did National Trust take over Sissinghurst?
Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson were the last private owners of Sissinghurst Castle. After Vita’s death in 1962, Harold decided that Vita’s beloved Sissinghurst should be given over to the care of the National Trust. We started taking care of it in 1967.
When did Vita Sackville-West buy Sissinghurst?
Vita and Harold purchased Sissinghurst Castle in 1930, a then run-down Elizabethan mansion in Kent, and began immediately to renovate both house and garden.
Where is Vita Sackville-West buried?
Vita Sackville-West died at Sissinghurst in June 1962, aged 70, from abdominal cancer. She was cremated and ashes buried in the family crypt within the church at Withyham, eastern Sussex. Sissinghurst Castle is owned by the National Trust.
Where did Vita Sackville-West live?
Vita Sackville-West, byname of Victoria Mary Sackville-West, married name Victoria Mary Nicolson, (born March 9, 1892, Knole, Kent, England—died June 2, 1962, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent), English novelist and poet who wrote chiefly about the Kentish countryside, where she spent most of her life.
Who lives at Sissinghurst Castle now?
Eight professional gardeners, headed by a tough-looking woman named Alexei, keep the grounds in near-perfect condition, but it is too clean and perfect for Sissinghurst’s current inhabitants. Adam Nicolson, Nigel’s son, now lives there with his wife, Sarah Raven, and their two children.
How much does it cost to get into Sissinghurst?
You don’t have to pay an entrance fee to walk around the estate, or to use the cafe, but parking costs £3. The entrance fee is only for the formal gardens, where dogs are not allowed. There are two cafes. The one nearest the car park welcomes dogs.
Is Sissinghurst dog friendly?
Dogs are welcome to explore as much of the estate as they like but aren’t allowed in the main garden or in the vegetable garden and please keep dogs on leads when near livestock.
Is Sissinghurst open all year round?
The magnificent garden at Sissinghurst Castle will now be open in all seasons, come rain, shine… or snow!
Is Sissinghurst free for National Trust members?
Sissinghurst is a popular National Trust garden visited by many thousands of people. Access to the car park, toilets and tea room are free and you have to buy a ticket for the garden (if you are a member you still need to get a token).
Who is head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle?
The National Trust has announced that Troy Scott Smith has been appointed new Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent.
Who is head gardener at Bodnant?
Our current head gardener John Rippin took over in 2015, coming from the National Trust gardens of Hidcote and Castle Drogo.
Who is head gardener at Iford Manor?
One of Britain’s best-known Head Gardeners, Troy Scott Smith has been appointed to the role of Head Gardener at the award-winning and internationally renowned, Grade 1 registered Iford Manor Gardens. He will take up the post in July 2019.
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Our visit to the National Trust Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent