Christopher Lloyd’s writing

Christopher Lloyd spent his whole life, from childhood until his death aged 85, at work in the same garden and almost fifty years writing about it.

Twenty five books were the result, beginning with The Mixed Border in the Modern Garden (1957) and ranging from authoritative gems like Clematis (1965) to the encyclopaedic Christopher Lloyd’s Garden Flowers – Perennials, Bulbs, Grasses, Ferns (2000) and the very personal The Well Tempered Garden (1970) with its broad appeal to novice and experienced gardeners alike.

His writing style, honed over the years, was witty and entertaining, sometimes acerbic, sometimes eccentric, but always informative. It was also very disciplined. In 1963, Lloyd began writing a weekly column in Country Life magazine which he continued to deliver on time every week without fail for the next 42 years. There were besides, other long standing journalistic commitments to Popular Gardening, The Guardian, and The Observer magazine. All of this combined to make Great Dixter the most written about garden in the country and Christopher Lloyd one of the most celebrated of gardeners, both here and abroad.