Day 7 | Saturday, 26 May
A busy day in neighbouring Sussex
The day starts with a pleasant drive, across the Kentish
landscape, into neighbouring Sussex and our first garden, Merriments, a family-run
nursery and display garden which, in truth, deserves a longer stay
than we have time for.
But Pashley Manor awaits us, and
you won't be disappointed. This is a handsome garden, surrounding,
and perfectly matching, the most delightful house - a mid-sixteenth
century half-timbered house on one side and a elegant Georgian
house, on the other.
After lunch, at Pashley, we drive south to Great
Dixter - the home of the late Christopher Lloyd, whose
spectacular garden is one of the most inspirational gardens in
Britain. Following Lloyd's death, Dixter has been put into trust
but, rather than allowing the garden to fossilise, the spirit of
Lloyd lives on in Fergus Garrett, the head gardener.
Late in the afternoon, we drive to Rye for a
stroll around the cobbled streets of this medieval, hill-top town
and a drink at the Mermaid Inn (rebuilt 1420!), before dinner at The Fish Café, in Rye.
Today's total driving is about 107 miles/172 kms