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Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Posted on 3rd November 2014 in Horticulture

15 students studying towards level three qualifications in Horticulture enjoyed a study trip to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.  These Gardens were transformed by Vita Sackville-West, the poet and writer in the 1930s with her husband, Harold Nicolson.  The colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflects the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings.

The aim of the trip was to investigate the design structure unfettered by profusion of planting at different times of the year.  In particular the students were able to see the ‘White Garden’ which is currently in a bare state after having all of its plants removed.  Due to be replanted this winter, to be more sympathetic to what Vita would have originally envisioned.  This was a great opportunity for the students to really see the basic garden design structure.

The students took notes, photos and measurements of the gardens, which they will use towards writing their next assignment.  This interesting and informative trip formed part of the historical influences module of their course and was made more enjoyable by the good fortune of great weather on the day.


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