Great Dixter

venue representative image
Guided tours icon Shop icon

Great Dixter is the family home of Christopher Lloyd, who devoted his lifetime to creating one of the most experimental, exciting and constantly changing gardens of our time. Incorporating many medieval buildings, the gardens surround the house, each complementing the other.
There is a wide variety of interest from yew topiary, carpets of meadow flowers, the colourful tapestry of mixed borders (including the famous Long Border), natural ponds, a formal pool and the exuberant Exotic Garden. Fergus Garrett, head gardener, continues experimenting and keeps the vision that he and Chritopher Lloyd developed through the many years working togerther.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

House and gardens open 21st Marhc to 26th October Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Gardens 11.00 to 17.00pm (last admission)
House 14.00 to 17.00pm

House and Garden closed Mondays (Nursey open Mondays)

Admission charges

House and gardens: Adult £8.00, child £3.00
Gardens only: Adult £6.50, child £3.00

Booked groups are welcome and group rates apply.

Additional info

Please note access for wheelchair users is limited due to steps in the garden.

Hot drinks and snacks availble at the Shop

Collection details


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Symposium: The Art of Gardening

  • 31 October — 7 November 2015

Symposia at Great Dixter offer a rare opportunity for gardeners to learn and practise traditional techniques first-hand in the Great Dixter gardens, to discuss aspects of border design and maintenance and to tour other nearby world-class gardens with Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter team. Great Dixter has been running annual symposia for nineteen years and many participants return – they know they will receive excellent horticultural tuition, but what they hadn’t realised before their first visit was that they would come to be a part of the Dixter family.


£2,650.00 per person (flights not included). Lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, transportation to and from the hotel, and outings are included in the price. Great Dixter staff will pick you up and return you to the airport.


Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: October

  • 19 October 2015 10:30am-4pm

Head Gardener at Tidebrook Manor and trainee under Christopher Lloyd, Edward Flint will lead this workshop held at Great Dixter House & Gardens. Refreshments and lunch are included and we are offering a 10% discount on plant sales for attendees in the nursery on the day.


Price: £80 per person


Integrating and Using Bulbs

  • 26 October 2015 10am-4:30pm

Using the gardens and borders at Great Dixter as inspiration, Fergus Garrett talks through the varied uses of bulbs in the garden. Planting ideas will include: naturalised planting in grass and meadows; using bulbs mixed within permanent border plantings; using bulbs as pocket plantings and creating bulb displays in containers. Fergus will also give advice on how to deal with bulbs after flowering and what to consider when buying your bulbs.


Price: £100 per person


Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: November

  • 16 November 2015 10:30am-4pm

November’s lecture will focus on hedges and boundaries including strategies for use and how to plant.

The practical sessions will include how to choose and plant bulbs in grass and borders and how to cut hedges.


Price: £80 per person


Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: December

  • 7 December 2015 10:30am-4pm

The final lecture session of the year will focus on ferns and a favourite of Edward’s and of woodland gardeners, hellebores.

The afternoon practical teachings will cover how to plant bulbs in pots as well as how to maintain your border.


Price: £80 per person


Great Dixter
East Sussex
TN31 6PH







01797 252878


01797 253107


01797 252879

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.