a sissinghurst flora

A Sissinghurst Flora

30 iconic plants from individual garden rooms

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A Sissinghurst Flora: a guide to the history of the gardens and a tour of its garden ’rooms’, led by full colour plates of 30 of the most iconic plants, and commissioned by the National Trust for publication in spring 2018. The plant list which forms this collection was selected by Head Gardener Troy Scott-Smith from the 11 individual gardens developed at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson in the 1930’s.

The plants chosen are diverse, ranging from the small herb Thymus serpyllum coccineus to a mature Magnolia tree. Hazel’s botanical knowledge has been challenged, as have her gardening skills in sourcing, tending and growing these plants to draw and paint through the seasons. Many of the selected plants have now become familiar and widely available English garden favourites, perhaps owing to their introduction at Sissinghurst. Each life-size plant portrait is carefully drawn and meticulously painted to capture the true character of its habit and importantly of its colour. Some of the individual gardens at Sissinghurst rely strongly on a central colour theme which these portraits endeavour to reflect, along with graphite vignettes of the individual gardens to convey the uniquely romantic atmosphere.

Exhibition to be announced after publication in spring 2018