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.

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Author: Catherine Haydock

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.

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Author: Catherine Haydock

The Nursery Traineeship

Applications for the nursery traineeship are open. The chosen trainee will spend 16 months in the nursery at Great Dixter learning from the team of experienced and knowledgeable staff who work there. Click here for more information and to apply!

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Author: Catherine Haydock

Buy Tickets Online

Great Dixter Gardens is now open for exercise for local people. Please click here to book a ticket. Friends and Annual ticket holders do not need to book. From the 12th April 2021 travel outside your local area is permissible. The house itself will be closed until 17th May 2021.

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Author: Coralie Thomas

Latest events

  • Art and Craft of Gardening

    Great Dixter is a renowned and innovative garden that depends on a high degree of craftsmanship to maintain and develop its year round display. Unfortunately because of all the postponements of 2020 we are unable to offer a 2021 course. If you are already on the mailing list you will be contacted about 2022 dates when they are released. Read more

  • Layered planting through the seasons

    In 2020 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic Great Dixter launched a series of online lectures on Zoom. These are now all available to watch online on demand on Vimeo. Fergus uses current examples from the garden to look at how layered planting at Great Dixter extends the season. Read more

  • The Magic of Dixter

    In 2020 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic Great Dixter launched a series of online lectures on Zoom. These are now all available to watch online on demand on Vimeo. Fergus looks at how self-sowers add an additional dynamic element to the layered system. 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 Cafe will be closed until the 13th April. You are welcome to bring a picnic and use the picnic tables we have set up around the car park areas until this time. 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