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Notice: We are shortly starting work on the gazebo in the orchard where Nigel Nicolson spent time writing. We will be doing a large amount of repairs so that we can re-open it in the future for visitors to enjoy. This will involve a large amount of scaffolding and may cause some disruption, we are sorry for any inconvenience.

Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world renowned garden.

Vita Sackville-West, the poet and writer, began transforming Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s with her diplomat and author husband, Harold Nicolson. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. We've undertaken research this winter to find out more about Vita and Harold's original design and we are taking steps to recapture the vision that they had. Keep an eye out for changes we are making around the garden this year. Don't miss the vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the working farm and the 450-acre wider estate.

We've plenty of events for you to enjoy during the next few months, so make sure you keep up to date.

We can’t wait to see you.

Gardening days

10 September

Spend a day in the garden with our team learning all about gardening at Sissinghurst. Take part in demos and learn all you need to for a successful garden. Start your day off with a tour of the garden, followed by a cup of tea with the team. Afterwards there will be practical sessions and demos where you will be working closely with the gardeners to experience a variety of skills carried out. Lunch and tea provided. 

An artist's year

Louise Pettifer working on art inspired by Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Louise Pettifer working on art inspired by Sissinghurst Castle Garden

5 - 27 September, free entry

Louise Pettifer has been our artist in residence for the last year and creates works of art from the shapes, colours and textures found in the garden. Her work uses a combination of printmaking, drawing and hand-cut paper collage which celebrates the seasons.

Louise will be showcasing her work at an exhibition at Sissinghurst Castle Garden from 5 - 27 September 2015.

Out in the garden

The Rose Garden in June at Sissinghurst Castle

It's a great time to start to see the garden coming into bloom, the rose garden is full of blooms and the cottage garden is rich with sunset colours. We are starting work in some areas to recapture Vita and Harold's garden vision so keep your eye out for changes.

Read our gardeners' blog for more details and find out what's happening for a renewed White Garden and Purple Border next season and how our new roses are getting on.

Get walking

Grab your wellies and shake off the cobwebs with a walk around our 450 acre estate.

There's plenty to see from lakes to woodland, orchards to farmland. You might even spot the odd animal, with sheep and pigs finding a home around the farm. Keep an eye out for the fairy doors too.

Don't miss...

Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson

Our exhibitions 

Learn more about the story of Vita and Harold's remarkable life in the oast house, where we tell the story of how the couple built a life together.

Or take a walk up the tower and see how the garden was created.