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Dix­ter is the kind of gar­den to go to when you need to have your pre­con­cep­tions of “what should be planted with what” given a thor­ough jolt. Christo­pher Lloyd’s cre­ation stands out as the ex­pres­sion of a great orig­i­nal, in­tent on ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and icon­o­clas­tic to the last. His in­no­va­tive use of colour and form finds ex­pres­sion in a gar­den of re­mark­able rich­ness and di­ver­sity, tak­ing as much de­light in pre­serv­ing the sim­plic­ity of tra­di­tional orchid-rich mead­ows as it does in bril­liantly com­posed vi­brant sub-trop­i­cal plant­ings. ● A four-day Kent: Gar­den of Eng­land tour from Her­itage Tour­ing in­cludes a visit to Great Dix­ter and starts from £595, in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, most meals and gar­den vis­its, some with pri­vate ac­cess. De­parts June 12. Her­itage Tour­ing (01794 342249; her­itage­tour­ing.co.uk).

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