Volunteering at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens – 7th November 2020

My first shift as a Delos Garden guide and Interpreter.

I’m excited to be joining the team as a weekend Guide in the revamped Delos garden.

This Mediterranean garden has recently been brought back to life by Dan Pearson and Troy Scott-Smith.

It’s taking time for the planting to naturalise, and in the context of the rest of this iconic English country garden it has courted controversy. But each time I’ve seen the garden it’s seemed more at ease in its space. I like it more and more.

Vita and Harold’s first attempt at recreating a Greek Island garden in 1937 was thwarted by the unsuitability of their heavy Kentish clay, a North facing slope, and the impact of World War Two and recruitment of able-bodied gardeners to the forces.

So for its rebirth a huge amount of work was done improving the drainage, and building terraces to better harvest the sunlight.

Visit to Sissinghurst 3.7.20

At last our tickets came up for the post-Lockdown Sissinghurst gardens. Gorgeous as ever. The white garden looking slightly past its best.But still lovely – in particular the white verbascum – cow parsley and roses.

The new Delos garden – Greek style arid planting. Slightly out of place here with faux Greek ruins. But clearly experimental and the way of things to come in the South East with Climate change.

The gorgeous orchards meadow woodland and apothecaries gardens as always. My favourite with lush borders the Rose garden – with spectacular figs at one end and a gorgeous clematis surrounding a Lutyens bench at the end. Good to be back.