These East Sussex gardens were developed by garden author and lecturer, Christopher Lloyd. They are a beautiful example of cottage gardening on a larger scale than is normally seen. There are a series of small gardens including a topiary garden, rose garden, kitchen garden and a pond area.

The manor house was constructed as early as 1220. In 1910, the English architect, Edwin Lutyens restored Great Dixter and also designed the original gardens. The house, which was the home of Mr. Lloyd until his death, is open to the public for a small additional entrance fee. A small nursery and gift shop is behind the house.

Plants named in honor of Great Dixter include Euphorbia griffithii 'Dixter', Crocosmia masonioum 'Dixter Flame', and Campanula lactiflora 'Dixter Presence'

Great Dixter
Northiam Rye
East Sussex TN31 6PH

I visited Great Dixter in both 2002 and 2003. Sorry folks but I would rename it "Above Average" Dixter. Much of the garden is just plain overgrown and in need of some maintenance. Christopher Lloyd was a world renowned garden author and his reputation is well-deserved. However, the gardens, while very nice, do not live up to the raves of his fans. I enjoyed my visits but no more than I have in dozens of other private gardens I have seen over the years in the the U.K. and in the States.

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