Creating a Grecian garden
This year, there's part of the garden that may look a little different when you visit. The gardening team at Sissinghurst are working on an exciting conservation project to re-imagine an area of the garden that was never completed by Vita and Harold.
Here you'll find the updates on the project to bring the influence of the Grecian island of Delos to the Kent countryside which inspired Vita and Harold to garden and write.
Steady but significant progress has been this month. Completion of soil profiling and drainage was successfully achieved before a few days of heavy rain (50mm) in June halted progress.
Once conditions improved, we resumed with constructing sample panels of the three different types of wall—the agricultural terracing walls, the formal dressed walls and the rustic walls. Dan Pearson visited at the end of June to agree the aesthetic of the walls, after which our contractor, continued work. Each hand picked piece has been carefully considered to fit in to its final place within its wall. The stone will create the layout and framework for the Mediterranean specimens which we’ll start planting in the coming months.
Good drainage is critical, and to achieve this we are adding in excess of 300 tonnes of both 20mm and 40mm of drainage aggregate underneath a free draining formulated soil (made up of 50% aggregate, 25% crushed brick and 25% soil). We will also be using an 80mm deep layer of stone mulch.
Check back here for updates as the project progresses.