Last updated on 21 December 11

Sissinghurst Garden

  4.0/5 (13 ratings)

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A sixteenth century tower, and other buildings, with the most famous twentieth century garden in England. Sissinghurst garden is a prime example of the Arts and Crafts style. The garden was made on the site of a medieval manor and some structures survive. Harold Nicolson, a diplomat and author, laid down the main lines of the Sissinghurst design in the 1930s. Vita Sackville-West, a poet, a garden writer and Harold's wife, took responsibility for the planting at Sissinghurst garden. She worked as an 'artist-gardener'. Her planting design was brilliant. The historical importance of Sissinghurst Castle Garden comes from its role in transmitting Gertrude Jekyll's design philosophy to a host of visitors. The most famous and influential feature of Sissinghurst is the White Garden. It exemplified and popularised Jekyll's idea of using colour themes in planting design.

Address - Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, Kent, England, TN17 2AB
Opening times - Mid March to early November. Friday to Tuesday.
Website - Visit the Sissinghurst Garden website

Designers and Influences

This garden has been designed and influenced by Vita Sackville-West

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Reviews and Comments

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  • over 1 year ago Carey Pickard, Macon, GA USA said

    We were so inspired by our visit that we are in the process of creating a rondel in our own garden!

  • over 1 year ago Dave said

    As usual the jewel in the N Trusts crown was Perfect and Manicured.
    Everything was great, the best was climbing the tower and seeing everything laid out below.
    Only complaint would be that the garden lost some of the feeling by being too perfect.

  • about 2 years ago Anonymous said

    My wife & I greatly enjoyed our visit to your garden, but may I suggest something? It would be excellent if ALL the plants were display labelled, and if a catalogue which describes them were available for purchase.


  • over 2 years ago Linda said

    The gardens are stunning. The castle is also nice with a lot of history - - but only one room could be visited when we were there.

    Although it is a bit expensive, I find that it makes a pleasant day-out.

  • over 3 years ago Sean Will said

    quite simply - one of the best gardens in Kent!!


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