Sissinghurst Castle (Kent, UK)

The white garden at Sissinghurst
The white garden at Sissinghurst

A long history:

One of the best-known sites in England, Sissinghurst had a long history before coming into the care of the National Trust in 1967. Its buildings date back to the 1500s, but after the dissolution of its owners, the site ended up as a workhouse in the 1800s. It then fell into further disrepair, becoming a “slovenly” farmhouse. It was not until 1930 that the site was purchased by a couple with a vision for a world-class garden.

 

A world-renowned garden

Harold Nicholson and wife Vita Sackville-West, he a politician and she a poet, are best remembered now for their stunning garden. Vita was unhappy about having been passed over for the inheritance of another property (due to primogeniture), but she invested fully in Sissinghurst. She planted her first rose there before the deed was even signed. Over the next 30 years, the couple created what would become a world-renowned garden. Sissinghurst is particularly noted for its collection of old roses and its “white garden” – a garden of green with only white flowering plants.

You can visit the National Trust web page for Sissinghurst Castle Garden here.


Below is my pinterest board for Sissinghurst. If you hover and scroll, you’ll find many images of this beautiful site.

“Sissinghurst:
Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden” (Book)


Sissinghurst Castle (Kent, UK)
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