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In August 2010 I published a post on Sissinghurst, the famous English garden designed by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson. Many readers expressed the desire for more on this topic.

Sissinghurst Castle and garden is in Kent about an hour south west of London. It is owned and operated by the National Trust although Adam Nicolson, Vita and Harold’s grandson and his family live there, as well as Adam’s sister, Juliet. It is one of the most popular sites in England and attracts about 100,000 visitors every season. The first photograph is of Vita’s famous White Garden. Below it is another favorite English garden of mine, Bramdean, near the cathedral town of Winchester also south west of London.

British gardeners and authors who helped shape garden design all over the world and who designed and planted the original gardens that surround their homes, open them to the public each year.  One of the most famous and another personal favorite is the magnificent garden of Beth Chatto. Two photographs follow, one of the “pond room” and the other of a glorious rare fritillaria (upside down tulip).

All photographs © Janet Levine 2010

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