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Great Dixter Manor house Part of The Long Border at Great Dixter The Solar Garden

The Manor House at Great Dixter is first recorded in 1220, but the present building is much later created from three houses between the mid 15th century with additions completed as recently as 1912. The earliest surviving part of the house the Great Hall dates from about the 1450's.
The Great Hall at Dixter
Nathaniel Lloyd purchased Dixter and its grounds in 1910 for the sum of £6,000 and shortly after employed English architect Edwin Lutyens to restore the house and design the gardens. Christopher Lloyd the plantsman and gardening writer, was born at Great Dixter in 1921 the middle child of five. On completion of his education Christopher Lloyd returned to Great Dixter permanently in 1954, when he opened the gardens to the public and began running it as a nursery, the garden became his lifelong passion until his death in 2006.

One of the pleasant features about the gardens at Great Dixter is that they lie all around the house, make a circuit of the gardens and you have made a circuit of the house exterior. This in turn makes the house an integral part of the garden design and vice-versa.
The Sunk Garden
These cottage gardens are on a grand scale, Lutyens designed the gardens as a series of rooms, skilfully incorporating pre-existing farm buildings, linking house to garden and giving the whole a homely feel, providing a perfect setting for Christopher Lloyds talents. Plants have always taken centre stage at Dixter and Lloyd was renowned for his flamboyant use of strong colour, with blooms from the earliest spring bulbs right up until the first frosts of autumn.

Great Dixter, now run as a Charitable Trust, is situated off the A28 at Northiam near Rye in East Sussex and should be on everyone's list of 'must-visit' gardens.
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