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Great Dixter: Then & Now (Paperback)
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Christopher Lloyd, icon and iconoclast of the gardening world, was born at Great Dixter, in East Sussex, in 1921, and died there in 2006. In the years between he developed the garden at Dixter into a mecca for plantsmen and a hub of ideas and connections that spread throughout the world. And from the 1930s almost until his death he was also photographing the garden, recording it in intimate detail as it changed and developed. These photographs are published here, the great majority for the first time. They are juxtaposed with photographs taken by Carol Casselden of the garden as it is today. Fergus Garrett, Christopher Lloyd’s head gardener and his successor at Great Dixter, provides a running commentary on the changing garden and the different plantings.
About the Author
Carol Casselden is an award-winning photographer of gardens and plants. Fergus Garrett was chosen by Christopher Lloyd as his head gardener at Dixter in 1992. He worked closely with Christo until Lloyd’s death in 2006. He is now Chief Executive of the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, and also combines his full-time, hands-on gardening role at Dixter with writing and lecturing all over the world. He was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the RHS in 2015 and in 2019, the coveted RHS Victoria Medal of Honour. Christopher Lloyd (1921–2006) was one of the greatest gardeners of the 20th century and has been described as the world’s finest-ever garden writer. He devoted his life to his garden at Great Dixter, and he produced some of the most influential gardening books of the last 100 years. He was make OBE in 2000 and held the highest award of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Victoria Medal of Honour.
"A fascinating record of how Dixter has been shaped and enriched over the years. Like the garden it celebrates, this is a multi-layered, diverse display of delights." —Jodie Jones, Gardens Illustrated
"This book bursts with life and combines Garrett's commentary with brilliant photography to tell the story of a garden that beautifully fuses the old and the new." —Daily Mail