LI London – Great Dixter Garden Tour
Saturday 30th September 2017, 8.45-5.30pm
If you missed last year’s trip, here is another chance to visit the amazing gardens at Great Dixter with our private guide Kemal Mehdi. Travel is by minibus from London Bridge and places are very limited due the intimate scale of the gardens. (And our group size matches the number of seats in the minibus!) Book now to avoid disappointment.
(Unfortunately it is not possible for people to travel separately and meet us at the garden for this trip as we need to cover the cost of the minibus).
Cost (includes return coach travel, Great Dixter entrance, and tour)
LI Members (CMLI or Licentiates) members £20
LI students/unemployed members £15
Non-LI members £25
Places for this event are very limited due to tour capacity so book now to avoid disappointment!
8.45am aim to arrive, for the coach, London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG, close by London Bridge Station
9.00am Coach departs
11.00am arrive Great Dixter
11.00am-2.30pm Garden tour led by Kemal Mehdi
2.30-3.30pm late lunch The Castle Inn, Bodiam, a Shepherd Neame house (pay your own, eat together)
3.30pm depart Bodiam
5.30pm arrive back at London Bridge.
About Great Dixter
Great Dixter is a laboratory of experimental horticultural art: flower meadows on fertile clay soil, herbaceous borders treated with bedding out techniques, a tropical garden in one of the coldest parts of the south of England, with garden spaces within a framework of yew hedges. Built as a country home by Nathanial Lloyd (1867-1933) and Edwin Lutyens from 1910, with a 450 acre estate; they extended the existing house by adding a half timbered sixteenth century hall from Benenden. Lloyd had retired in 1909 from his colour printing business, after marrying in 1905 and trained himself In architecture and indeed was to write a standard work A History of English Brickwork (1923). The Lloyds raised their six children at Dixter of whom Christopher Lloyd was the youngest.
The garden layout of paths and yew hedged ‘rooms’ was largely designed by Edwin Lutyens; the paths are of York stone from London streets. But Dixter was gardened first by Daisy Lloyd (born appropriately Daisy Field) until her death in 1972, then by the horticulturist and garden writer Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006) and now is under the charge of Fergus Garrett, who was Christopher Lloyd’s last head gardener.
Christopher Lloyd (Christo) was educated at Rugby. He then read modern languages at Cambridge before studying horticulture at Wye College, and taught at Wye College from 1950-54. The garden is a symphony of testosterone-powered, high garden art. It is also an interesting example of how a rich variety of garden habitats can be managed for biodiversity. No minimum maintenance all-year-round planting here, this is a garden of constant change.
Kemal Mehdi, who founded the University of Greenwich Garden Design degree course at Hadlow College, was a friend of Christopher Lloyd, and is now a trustee of Great Dixter, will guide us round.
Christopher Lloyd’s books are on sale in the shop.
Queries about this event? please contact Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org