Culti-Vate Explores #006 Sissinghurst
In mid-September Culti-Vate visited Sissinghurst Castle garden on a grey chilly Sunday afternoon. We explored the inspiring garden of the poet and author Vita Sackville-West & the diplomat Sir Harold Nicolson. The garden was created in the 1930s by the couple, and is designed as a series of ‘rooms’ and areas with certain colours and themes attributed to each. The tower along with precisely clipped hedges and walled sections of the garden separate it into it’s specific areas such as the cottage garden, white garden and the lime walk. There was also a chalk board at the entrance with the head gardener’s notes about the plants that were looking particularly good at this time of year, a lovely personal touch. The bright oranges and yellows within the cottage garden were a burst of vibrant colour that helped to brighten up the grey day in Kent. Walking around here you felt as though you were enclosed in a little tropical world. Throughout the garden and tower there are small personal touches. Reminding you how much love and attention went into creating this delightful garden and grounds. The surrounding oast houses, typical of this part of the country, were also wonderful with their cowls gently spinning in the wind. I would love to revisit Sissinghurst in the height of summer to see more in bloom and catch the garden on a warm sunny day, I imagine it is transformed into somewhere even more delightful and charismatic!