Saturday, 8 October 2011

Sissinghurst KENT


Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, the remains of an Elizabethan manor house, is one of those quintessentially English places. It is a garden and it is a ruin. We English love and worship our gardens. Ancient ruins are so evocative; they connect us with the past. We feel deeply connected to gardens and ruins.
Gardeners are artists in the true sense. With their choice of plants, shrubs and trees they create moods and settings within which we can inhabit and live. A garden has pathways, rooms, colours, textures, light and shadow, large and small spaces. They are full of drama, whimsy, and intensity. Great gardens are theatre settings, painting and drama combined.
The garden at Sissinghurst is all of these things. Created by Harold Nicholson, the diplomat and his wife Vita Sackville West, the poet, novelist and lover of Virginia Woolf, in 1930’s, this garden is their true legacy.
I went there recently and explored the world they created.

There are cottages within the garden rented to those who would like to stay for a while.

A view of the keep.

A garden seat.

Vita Sackville West's library.


  1. Your photos of the Sissinghurst Gardens makes me yearn to visit the U.K. again. I love English gardens, especially Kipling's Garden in Rottingdean. Small in comparison but delightful with their pathways, arches, doorways and windows in walls. I'm sure to visit each time I come to England.
    I recently finished reading Castles in the Air and enjoy the few photos of their gardens also.

  2. Hi Arlene. I have not been to Kipling's house Batemans, in Sussex. I must go. You are a true explorer of these isles, Arlene.

    All the best,

  3. Simply beautiful, Tony. Lovely images.

  4. Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing.