Great Dixter

Great Dixter
Northiam
Rye
East Sussex
TN31 6PH
England

Website

www.greatdixter.co.uk/

E-mail

Office

office@greatdixter.co.uk

Nursery

nursery@greatdixter.co.uk

Telephone

Office

01797 252878

Nursery

01797 253107

Fax

01797 252879

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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

Agriculture

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.

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: January

  • 12 January 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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-12-01-15/

Symposium: The Art of Gardening

  • 31 January — 7 February 2015
  • 16 — 23 May 2015
  • 5 — 12 September 2015
  • 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.

Admission

£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.

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/feb2015-symposium/

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: February

  • 23 February 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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-23-02-15/

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: March

  • 16 March 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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-16-03-15/

Succession Planting in the Mixed Border

  • 23 March 2015 10am-4:30pm

Head Gardener Fergus Garrett will lead this Study Day held at Great Dixter House and Gardens. Refreshments and lunch are included and we are offering a 10% discount for attendees on plant sales in the nursery on the day.

Admission

Price: £100 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/succession-planting-23-03-15/

Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair

  • 28 — 29 March 2015 11am-4pm

A small but special Plant Fair, for plantsmen and plant lovers.

Admission

Entrance fee: £8.00 (payable on the day, includes entry to the garden).

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/great-dixter-spring-plant-fair/

Nursery Propagation Day

  • 13 April 2015 10am-4:30pm
  • 14 September 2015 From 10am

Great Dixter Nursery Manager Michael Morphy and Assistant Nursery Manager Kathleen Leighton will lead this Study Day held at Great Dixter Nursery. Refreshments and lunch are included and we are offering a 10% discount on plant sales for attendees in the nursery on the day.

Admission

Price: £125 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/nursery-propagation-day-13-04-15/

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: April

  • 20 April 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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-20-04-15/

Good Planting

  • 11 May 2015 10am-4:30pm
  • 13 July 2015 From 10am

Head Gardener Fergus Garrett will lead this Study Day held at Great Dixter House and Gardens. Refreshments and lunch are included and we are offering a 10% discount on plant sales for attendees in the nursery on the day.

Admission

Price: £100 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/good-planting-11-05-15/

Meadow Gardening

  • 8 June 2015 10am-4:30pm

Head Gardener Fergus Garrett will lead this Study Day held at Great Dixter House and Gardens. Refreshments and lunch are included and we are offering a 10% discount on plant sales for attendees in the nursery on the day.

Admission

Price: £100 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/meadow-gardening-08-06-15/

The Christopher Lloyd Lecture

  • 13 June 2015 From 6pm

The first annual Christopher Lloyd Lecture

An evening with Dan Pearson and Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter to support the Great Dixter Charitable Trust student and trainee programme. More information to follow.

Admission

Lecture £50 (places limited to 70)

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/dan-pearson-fergus-garrett-13-06-15/

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: June

  • 15 June 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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-15-06-15/

Miniature Hurdle Making Workshop

  • 22 June 2015 10am-4pm

Miniature hurdles, made to a traditional Sussex design are used as plant supports in the borders at Great Dixter.

Using a cleaving brake and shave horse, our resident expert Simon Johnson will guide you through the steps needed to make your own hurdles using sweet chestnut from our coppiced woodland.

The workshop includes homemade refreshments and a hearty lunch, and will take place in the Great Barn.

Admission

Price: £100 per person, which includes 2 completed hurdles made by you.

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/hurdle-workshop-22-06-15/

Succession Planting in the Mixed Border

  • 22 June 2015 10am-4:30pm

Head Gardener Fergus Garrett will lead this Study Day held at Great Dixter House and Gardens. Refreshments and lunch are included and we are offering a 10% discount on plant sales for attendees in the nursery on the day.

Admission

Price: £100 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/succession-planting-22-06-15/

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: July

  • 20 July 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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-20-07-15/

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: August

  • 24 August 2015 From 10:30am

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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-24-08-15/

Ladder Making Workshop

  • 7 September 2015 10am-4pm

Ladders were traditionally made using wood harvested from a coppice, a commonly seen woodland management technique in this part of the country.

During this workshop with our resident craftsman Simon Johnson, you will learn the skills and techniques needed to make a split chestnut ladder, including creating a controlled split in a long length of sweet chestnut using a cleaving brake and a fro, and using a draw knife and shave horse to shape your ladder.

The day includes homemade refreshments and a hearty lunch, and will take place in the Great Barn.

Admission

Price: £100 per person, which includes your completed ladder (for decorative use only).

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/ladder-workshop-07-09-15/

Exotic Gardening

  • 21 September 2015

Gain an insight into Great Dixter’s tropical garden. From design, plant choice, the act of planting, and maintenance, to the winter care of plants, Fergus Garrett will take you through the process step by step. Learn how to incorporate some of these plants to extend the season of colour in your own borders. The day will include slides and talks in the Great Hall and practical sessions in the Exotic Garden.

Admission

Price: £100 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/exotic-gardening-21-09-15/

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter: September

  • 28 September 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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-28-09-15/

Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair

  • 3 — 4 October 2015 11am-4pm

Specialist nurseries from the UK and Europe

Admission

Entrance fee: £8.00 (payable on the day, includes entry to the garden).

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/great-dixter-autumn-plant-fair/

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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-19-10-15/

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.

Admission

Price: £100 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/integrating-and-using-bulbs-26-10-15/

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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-16-11-15/

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.

Admission

Price: £80 per person

Website

http://www.greatdixter.co.uk/whats-on/events/behind-the-scenes-07-04-15/

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