Delos Garden Talk

“THE DELOS GARDEN, SISSINGHURST”, a talk by Troy Scott Smith, Head Gardener.
7 pm, Thursday 5 October at Arundel Town Hall

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In 1930 writer and poet, Vita Sackville-West, and her diplomat husband, Harold Nicolson made Sissinghurst Castle their home. During the course of over 30 years they created there what was to become one of the most influential gardens in the world.

In 1935, while on a cruise of the Mediterranean, they visited the Greek island of Delos. So inspired were they that, on their return to Sissinghurst, they created a new garden, a landscape of ruined stone fragments and Mediterranean plants, which they named Delos in homage.

The Kent climate, heavy Wealden clay and north-facing aspect of the Delos site, combined with Vita and Harold’s inexperience with Mediterranean plants meant that the garden never became what they had dreamed of. It lost its way and became a spring, woodland garden.

In 2019, working with Dan Pearson, Troy Scott Smith began the process of reimagining Vita and Harold’s lost garden of Delos. In this lecture he will describe the garden they made and the detailed process they undertook to bring it back to life.

The Delos Garden at Sissinghurst

The Delos Garden at Sissinghurst

DATE: Thursday 5 October

TIME: 7:00 for 7:30 pm

PRICE: £12.50 for members, £17.50 for non-members. Price includes a drink on arrival.

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Please remember to bring your membership card to the talk.

A courtesy car will run from the Museum to the Town Hall from 6.30pm for members only. Please email if you would like to book a place in the car.