Rye and Great Dixter (23/08/2006)

An excursion organised by the Meopham Garden Association was well attended. Our first stop was Rye, where we had time for a quick look around the town then have lunch. The Farmers’ Market was set up on the quay and we were surprised to see some familiar stallholders who also frequent our own market in Meopham.

Next we made our way to Great Dixter, the home of Christopher Lloyd from 1921 until his death in January 2006. He was a great plantsman, which was evident from the fantastic array of plants in the garden. We chose to have a quick look around the garden before entering the house. Luckily we made the right decision as it soon began to rain, rather spoiling our appreciation of the colourful displays. A well-stocked nursery meant that many of us arrived home with some new additions to our own gardens.