Sissinghurst Castle Garden — Kent, England
In October last year we visited the Sissinghurst Castle Garden whilst in the area for work (see what we got up to here). It was our first time at Sissinghurst and in fact Kent itself, despite it being on our 'Places We Are Curious About' list for a while.
Owned and maintained by the National Trust, the garden at Sissinghurst is grade I listed and world-famous for its design, which was a joint labour of love for writer Vita Sackbille-West and her husband Harold Nicholson, also a writer. They bought the ruins of the castle and grounds in 1930 and began renovating both the property and the garden. In 1938, the garden was opened to the public.
We love to visit gardens (and just about anywhere actually) in the autumn, as the colour palette turns to browns and oranges and flowers lose their petals to reveal the seed pods beneath. As we shy away from bright colours we found the White Garden to be a plethora of texture and form - especially the cuboid shape of the box... A box box.
The Dahlia's were in full bloom in the South Cottage Garden, giving us a show of sunset tones and the whole space was wonderfully wild - just the way we like it. Our preference is always to see a little of the feral in a garden; a sign that nature is still the boss and will grow in whichever direction it wants to and here we had to fight our way through foliage to find the pathways, making it feel like more of an adventure than anything else.
As always, we advise checking the National Trust website prior to a visit, just to make sure it's open when you need it to be.