from Great Dixter: Christopher Lloyd's Garden Legacy
By Rosemary Alexander and Fergus Garrett
Foreword by Beth Chatto
This text is a personal favorite of Tim &
Sonia Brotzman who spent part of their honeymoon at Great
Dixter, and contributed to the recollections published here.
Dixter with Christopher ... is like a very long and
intricately worded sentence; a synthesis of perpetual
borders, orchid-filled meadows enveloped by old stone,
precision-carved topiary, and an air of gentle eccentricity
make Great Dixter the quintessential English country garden.
Yet the impact of Christopher Lloyd's unique creation
extends way beyond the gardening world and affects all who
pass through it in a very particular way.
In this intimate collection
of written and photographic contributions, Christopher
Lloyd's wide circle of family and friends describe what
Great Dixter means to them. Food, poetry, music and plants
feature large with one guest recounting the delight of
eating an exquisitely cooked turbot and another how a bloom
of magnolia was analyzed with botanical precision during the
course of dinner. Visitors remember the feel of the
centuries-old floorboards underfoot, the thrill of waking
early to peer out on topiary enshrouded in fog, and many
describe how, in one way or another, Great Dixter changed
This valuable record
encapsulates what makes time spent at Great Dixter in
particular, and to some extent time spent in all gardens, so
irreplaceable. It adds an important layer to our
understanding of Christopher Lloyd's achievements and spurs
us on to new heights in our own gardening endeavors.
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