Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust.

“If Dixter remains loved and retains its own identity, everything else will fall into place.”Christopher Lloyd, Nov 2005

Become a Friend

Support the work of Great Dixter by becoming a Friend.


Author: Catherine Haydock

Christopher Lloyd

Great Dixter was the home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd (1921-2006), who developed it into a hub of ideas and connections that spread out across the world.



Become a centenary Friend

For £1,000 you can treat yourself or someone else and at the same time help to secure Dixter’s future.


Author: Catherine Haydock

Buy Tickets Online

Great Dixter Gardens is now open. Please click here to book a ticket. Friends and Annual ticket holders do not need to book. The house itself will be closed until 17th May 2021.


Author: Coralie Thomas

Latest events

  • Succession planting in the mixed border

    The magnificent Long Border will be used as an example of how to plan and put into practice a long season border using structural plants, underplanting and interplanting of bulbs, use of self-sowers, pockets of bedding, masking with climbers, and good maintenance. This intensive day will include slides, talks and discussion sessions on the border. Read more

  • Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter- June

    Join Dixter Gardener Michael Wachter for an afternoon's exploration of the borders to examine the plants that are looking good and give you an insight into the work that makes this happen. Read more

  • Meadow gardening

    Discover the secrets of meadow gardening using the marvellous Great Dixter meadows as an example. You will be taken through the process of creating your own meadow and maintaining it. Includes slides and talks and practical sessions in the meadows. Read more

Items of interest

  • Biodiversity

    Great Dixter is a haven for biodiversity. In 2017 with the help of experts, we carried out a study to assess the biodiversity of the garden and wider estate, to help us better understand how to manage it. Read more

  • Cafe

    The Loggia cafe is now open for a range of lunches, snacks, hot and cold drinks and cakes, all freshly cooked here at Dixter. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available. Please inform staff if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies and they will endeavour to help. Read more

  • The Nursery

    The Nursery was started by Christopher Lloyd in 1954, specialising in plants he deemed garden-worthy. We remain a small, personal and professional nursery. We are open to customers every day from 1st April from 9-5pm and Monday to Saturday lunchtime until the end of March, 9am-12:30, 1:30-4:30pm. Read more

  • Families

    Great Dixter is a magical place for families to visit. Garden Explorers is an adventurous group for toddlers and carers which takes place each Thursday and Friday morning at Great Dixter. We hope to restart the group again soon in line with Coronavirus precautions. Read more