SISS­INGHURST CAS­TLE

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In Plantsman’s Favourites -

The com­bi­na­tion of a strong ar­chi­tec­tural frame­work with myr­iad in­ter­lock­ing vis­tas and fo­cal points, and loose, in­for­mal, art­ful and painterly plant­ing, sets a high bench­mark. What dif­fer­en­ti­ates Siss­inghurst from other Arts and Crafts gar­dens is the hu­man and in­ti­mate scale, the equal fo­cus on plant­ing as well as gar­den ar­chi­tec­ture, and the sense of place through ref­er­ences to the lo­cal land­scape. In that vein, the ab­stract hazel cop­pice of the Nut­tery (shown) is a tri­umph of or­der com­bined with beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral­is­tic shade plant­ing. Siss­inghurst, Bid­den­den Road, near Cran­brook, Kent TN17 2AB. Tel 01580 710700, na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ siss­inghurst-cas­tle-gar­den

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