NO GARDEN IN THE WORLD EVER WOWED ME like Great Dixter, the family home of the late garden writer and plantsman Christopher Lloyd. Yes, the topiaries; yes, the history; yes, the range of plants (all of which I wanted to be able to grow). But most of all, I think it was the use of color, er, colour (for the garden is in East Sussex, England). “I have no segregated colour schemes,” Lloyd wrote. “In fact, I take it as a challenge to combine every sort of colour effectively.” Christo would be happy knowing that some of the most colorful gardeners in America, those in Little Compton, Rhode Island, are opening their places to benefit Dixter, in a daylong garden party June 5. Can you come?
For just $40, plus $10 for lunch, visitors can enjoy Nate and Berta Atwater’s modernist masterpiece, before heading to John Gwynne and Mikel Folcarelli’s rarity-stuffed hidden garden, Sakonnet. Amazing Opus Nursery, the place of master grower Ed Bowen, will be on hand all day for a plant sale that’s every bit as special as the palette of Dixter.
For those within a day’s drive, this is a garden party not to be missed. Get glimpses of all the gardens (as well as of Dixter) and the event details in this pdf about the event. Best of all: Each dollar raised will be matched by the UK’s “lottery board” so that Great Dixter may carry on in its colorful, inspirational style.