Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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United Kingdom - Kent - Cranbrook

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The magical creation of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, who moved here in 1930 and transformed the ruins of an Elizabethan mansion and its surroundings. The garden was divided into a series of compartments and each "room" filled with an inspired and informal arrangement of plants around a theme: the White Garden, the Purple Border, the Rose Garden, the Herb Garden, the Lime Walk and the Cottage Garden. The White Garden shows Vita Sackville-West's sensitivity to colour and has inspired countless imitations. Rosa mulliganii erupts into a cascade of white flowers in summer, surrounded by numerous other plants with grey foliage and white blossoms. Other areas show the same ingenuity of planting. This combination of formal design and romantic planting has provided a major influence on garden design.

Main Address:
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Kent TN17 2AB United Kingdom

Telephone: 07786661602
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mike Calnan
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Alison Crook - Plant Collections Curator

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Other
  • Date founded: 1930
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 2 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.11567353
    Longitude: 0.581502914
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Number of Visitors: 175000

Plant Collections

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