House & Garden Fund

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The Garden

The hard landscaping and green bones of Great Dixter need continuous repair and maintenance. The steps and paths are laid in York stone and the steps are underpinned with brick and tile. The plantings of the Barn Garden are anchored in walls and paving which need frequent attention. Great Dixter is a high intensity flower garden requiring a large amount of work from skilled staff. The yew hedges require 45 days of cutting each year. The flower meadows need careful supervision and strewing is used to enrich adjoining pasture. In the kitchen garden new varieties of seed are tried out alongside traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables. Tree audits are carried out, tree surgeons brought in, and gaps filled.

In 2016 donations contributed towards training a young gardener as well as providing help in the vegetable garden and buying vegetable seed. The pond in the Sunk Garden was re-lined and a new glasshouse was built at Dixter farm. Funding was also provided towards a biodiversity audit for the garden and estate. Half the money was raised to re-thatch the wood store between the two barns. STOP PRESS JUNE 2017: this funding has now been completed and the work is going ahead.

Great Dixter House

The old timber and plaster walls of the house, its, oak floors and peg tile roofs require constant monitoring, as do its historic contents. Last year a project was undertaken to catalogue, clean and digitise Christopher Lloyd’s slides recording the appearance of Great Dixter over 50 years. Donations also helped with projects to repair clocks in the solar and kitchen and to re-seat the rush chairs. Frames were restored on a portrait of Daisy Lloyd and an early 19th century sampler.

In 2017 house and garden projects that need support are:

  • Support for a gardener’s wages, £20,000
  • Restoration of Christopher Lloyd’s cold frames, £4,000
  • Repairs to the Exotic Garden hovel, £4,000
  • Conservation of the needlepoint wall hanging in the Porch Bedroom £1,350
  • Conservation of the Robin Lloyd portrait £1,500

To donate to the House & Garden Fund, please click the button below:

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For further information, please contact Linda Jones:

Tel: +44 (0) 1797 254048

Exotic Garden in late September