Sissinghurst is hardly an unknown gem – the car park is like coffee break at the United Nations – but unlike so many ‘must see’ sights on the tourist agenda this one really delivers. Created by Vita Sackville-West from the 1930’s to the 1950’s it is the perfect setting for a vintage childrens story book – Uncle Reginald, jolly strange and an obsessive pruner, lives in the castle tower – and a gardeners delight, particularly the white garden with its dreamy structure of snowy blooms.
We rushed to Sissinghurst Castle one afternoon a couple of weeks back when everything became a bit too much and we couldn’t see the wood for the trees here at TheBigForest. Surprisingly the garden was almost empty, only a few folk lazily strolling round the paths.
Ah the silence. The gentle swish-swish-swish of the gardeners scything the long grass, the twitter of birds, a gentle breeze in the trees.
Sissinghurst is a National Trust property. “We really should ask them to see our goods for their shops” said Benjamin. Another exciting idea to add to the to-do list when we get back to the studio.
Our visit was short, maybe three hours, but felt we had been to another world. Perfect. English summer at its best and the photographs say so much more about the beauty of Sissinghurst than any words.