• 12th February 2017

Stripped trees and sleeping flower beds at Sissinghurst Castle Garden near Cranbrook

I could not love Sissinghurst Castle Garden more, it’s one of my absolute favourite National Trust Properties. The gardens are world-renowned, the work of poet and writer Vita Sackville-West, who fell in love with Sissinghurst and began transforming the derelict ruins in the 1930s with her diplomat husband Harold Nicolson.

They made some dramatically beautiful changes to the gardens and their planting legacy now lives on with Head gardener, Troy Scott Smith, and his amazing team. Described as a ‘refuge dedicated to beauty’, the wonderful though sometimes heartbreaking story of their lives has captured our minds and the garden has captured our hearts.

Sissinghurst is stunning in all seasons, from the heady scent and sight of the White Garden in spring and summer to the intricate bare bones and underpinnings of the ornamental borders in autumn and winter. On this occasion, we visited in the depths of winter but it was still a magical place to be.

Beyond the walled gardens there are some lovely walks through meadows and woodland. And we never leave without climbing the castle tower for a wonderful view over the estate and miles of beautiful Wealden countryside.

Images by Jeska Hearne


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