Great Dixter House & Gardens

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Great Dixter is a house in East Sussex close to the South Coast of England. It has a famous garden which is regarded as the epitome of English plantsmanship.

The original house at Dixter, which dates from the mid 15th century, was acquired by a businessman named Nathaniel Lloyd in 1909. He had a 16th century house in a similar style moved from Kent and the two were combined with new work by the architect Edwin Lutyens to create a much larger house, which was rechristened Great Dixter. It is a romantic recreation of a medieval manor house, complete with great hall, parlour, solar and yeoman’s hall.

Nathaniel Lloyd and Lutyens began the garden at Great Dixter, but it is Nathaniel’s son Christopher Lloyd (gardener), a well known garden writer and television personality, who has made it famous. The garden is in the arts and crafts style, and features topiary, a long border, an orchard and a wild flower meadow. The planting is profuse, yet structured, and has featured many bold experiments of form, colour and combination.

The house and garden are open to the public on a regular basis and study tours are available. A charity called the Great Dixter Charitable Trust has been established to ensure that the property is preserved after Christopher Lloyd’s death.

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