Christopher Lloyd, icon and iconoclast of the gardening world, was born at Great Dixter, in East Sussex, in 1921 and died there in 2006. In the years between he developed the garden at Dixter into a mecca for plantsmen and a hub of ideas and connections that spread throughout the world. And from the 1930s almost until his death he was also photographing the garden, recording it in intimate detail as it changed and developed. These photographs are published here, In Great Dixter Then and Now, the great majority for the first time. They are juxtaposed with photographs taken by Carol Casselden of the garden as it is today. Fergus Garrett, Christopher Lloyd’s head gardener and his successor at Great Dixter, provides a running commentary on the changing garden and the different plantings.
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