Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

According to the National Trust brochure describing Sissinghurst, in the late 16th century the former pig farm had been transformed into a Renaissance courtyard house with no less than 38 fireplaces. It was used as a prison camp during the Seven Years War from 1756-1763. Vita Sackville West and her husband Harold moved to Sissinghurst Castle in 1932. They created the garden with a unique sense of style. I had heard about Sissinghurst and read about Sissinghurst in gardening magazines. Garden rooms were created here.
This was a garden I wanted to experience while in England. I climbed the narrow stairs to see the garden from how Vita saw the garden.

Her map of the garden.

View from the tower window.

Part of the garden from the tower window.

Another view of the garden...

Sissinghurst Castle and grounds from the tower.
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